Malt of the Month – Laphroaig 10 Year Old

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The Islay Festival may have finished weeks ago, but July’s Malt of the Month has been chosen to help those of us who went relive the visit and to give those who couldn’t go a…

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Ledaig Dusgadh 42 – still life

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Every so often, a truly historic bottling comes along. One recent release that deserves that accolade is Ledaig Dùsgadh 42 Year Old. The Isle of Mull’s sole distillery was reopened under the Ledaig name in…

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Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 – ready salted

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It’s been long overdue but sherry is starting to come back into fashion. No longer purely seen as ‘granny’s tipple’, producers have been looking at ways to give a contemporary twist to this historic and…

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Octomore 07.1 – smoke and mirrors

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If you’ve met Bruichladdich’s Jim McEwan, or even heard tales of him, then you’ll know that he’s not a man to do things by halves. His final Islay Festival tasting at the end of last…

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Talisker vs Borough Market tasting – Skye Harder

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Talisker whisky is fiery, peppery and smoky, but does it work with food? We hosted our first Talisker-themed food-pairing night five years ago at the TWE shop, so a sequel was long overdue. Diageo brand…

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Spirit of the Month – Michter’s *1 Unblended American Whiskey

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A slight change for June’s Spirit of the Month. Previous months have seen gin and vodka take centre stage, but this time round, we’ve gone for an American whiskey from Michter’s. Michter’s US*1 Unblended American…

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DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters – King of Cocktail ingredients

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Cocktail bitters have seen a resurgence over the past decade, with craft producers such as Bittermens and Fee Brothers entering the fray. One man has been at the forefront since he cut his teeth at…

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Champagne of the Moment – R de Ruinart

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We launched Malt of the Month last year to highlight our favourite whiskies, with Spirit of the Month following in April. Such was the success, and to celebrate the start of summer, we’re adding sparkling wine to our regular…

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Glenlivet 12 Year Old – time to say goodbye

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After much hesitation and the odd denial here and there, it’s official: The Glenlivet 12 Year Old will soon no longer be sold in the UK. Instead, Glenlivet will be focusing attention on its no-age-statement Founder’s…

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Punt e Mes – bittersweet symphony

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In the office, I’m known as the vermouth fan. It started off innocently, trying different sweet vermouths to see which would make a good Negroni, but soon I was taste-testing them on their own and…

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The Glen Els – whisky from the Harz of Germany

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Whisky has long been a favourite drink in Germany, but it took until 2002 for the first native single malt to be released. At that point there were only three distilleries producing whisky (today there…

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Father’s Day – last chance to order

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In case you hadn’t noticed – from the barrage of emails, TV adverts, junk mail, inappropriate Facebook suggestions and blog posts – this Sunday is Father’s Day. This short public service announcement is to let…

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Kilbeggan 8 Year Old

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I’m well known in the office for my love of grain whisky. While single malt is the spirit that dragged me into the world of drinks, I’m fascinated by both the technical side of grain…

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Father’s Day Packages – Whisk(e)y, The Whisky Show and more

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Despite the distraction of World Gin Day tomorrow, we’ve not been slacking here at TWE HQ, and have been beavering away to put together even more Father’s Day deals. In addition to all of our…

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Star of Bombay Gin – Sapphire and Steel

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Gin is far from a simple beast. As a whisky geek, I looked down on white spirits for many years until I started looking into how they are actually made. Making a distilled gin –…

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