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Web content editor, cocktail lover, former computer programmer, long time blogger about Stuff and Things (including booze) and hat fan. Billy accidentally got a job at TWE in the spring of 2011, leaving behind the world of finance (good timing) to learn all about booze and occasionally write about it.

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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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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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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Father’s Day deals at The Whisky Exchange

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Father’s Day is just over a week away on Sunday 21 June, and it’s one of our busiest times of the year – you all seem to like buying drinks as presents for your dads. As…

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World Gin Day 2015

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It’s that time of year: World Gin Day is rapidly approaching – Saturday 13 June. Yet again I’m using it as an excuse to tell you about some of the weird and wonderful new gins…

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Jack Daniel’s Honey

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Now, stick with me – this is going to sound a bit weird: I like Jack Daniel’s Honey. That’s not the sort of admission you’d expect a whisky geek to make, but after extensive sampling…

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anCnoc 18 Year Old and 1975 – Modern Tradition

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Knockdhu is a strangely anachronistic distillery. Founded in 1894, at the time it was a thoroughly modern facility, with a steam engine, railway sidings, and all mod cons. However, not much has changed since then,…

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Ardbeg Perpetuum – celebrating 200 years

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Ardbeg Day approaches. The final day of the Islay Festival, it’s become the biggest celebration of the week thanks to the distillery’s unique approach: don’t only have a party on the island. This year is…

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Laphroaig – a significant birthday

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This year’s Islay Festival is one of anniversaries and milestones. Along with Kilchoman’s 10th birthday and Jim McEwan’s retirement there are a pair of big-number celebrations: the 200th anniversaries of the founding of both Ardbeg…

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Jim McEwan – a well-earned retirement

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The opening weekend of the Islay Festival isn’t normally a time for sadness, but yesterday saw the end of an era: Jim McEwan hosted his final warehouse tasting at Bruichladdich. While we don’t expect Jim to…

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Three Legends of Whisky – another reason to go to The Whisky Show

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 is a mere four-and-a-half months away. Tickets are selling well, with early-bird weekend passes down to the last handful, exhibitors are starting to confirm and things are generally going…

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Campari – an Italian classic

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Campari is one of the most iconic of Italian drinks. Its popularity has waned in the UK over the past couple of decades, but with the current cocktail renaissance slowly spreading out across the country,…

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