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Billy
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.

Cocchi?

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Despite our name we’re not all about whisky here at TWE. I’ll admit that we all rather like the odd dram, but we’re nothing if not versatile drinkers. I’m a big fan of gin in…

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Compass Box's Last Vatted Grain

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We’re rather fond of Compass Box’s Last Vatted Malt, having received a bottle a few days for approval, but I’ve been waiting for something else – The Last Vatted Grain. I’m a big grain whisky…

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Balvenie's Batch 2s – Tun 1401 and 40 year old

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The folks at Balvenie like keeping busy. After a summer of random events they’ve hunkered down as we approach the end of the year and have done that which we know them for most –…

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible Awards 2012

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Close on the heels of the Diageo Special Releases (no, we don’t have any Port Ellen left) came the surprise announcement of the winners of this years awards in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. The big one…

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Diageo Special Releases 2011

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There are some things that are constant in this world – death, taxes, the revival of Big Brother for yet another year despite no-one admitting to watching it, my inability to write one word where…

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Tasting some Glendronach at TWE Vinopolis

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Despite the Whisky Show taking up much of our time at TWE over the last few months, we still found time to organise our regular tastings down at our Vinopolis shop. One of the perks…

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London Cocktail Week and Rumfest 2011

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show may be over for another year, but this week is far from done. We were honoured to be the opening event of this year’s London Cocktail Week, running through this…

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Pure Festival

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There’s a new entry to the whisky festival calendar this year, courtesy of the chaps at Connosr and some of their musical chums – The Pure Festival. It’s a twist on the regular whisky festival…

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TWE Whisky Show News – Shackleton Tasting and Show Bottlings

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Another week and some more news from The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show… First up is that our last masterclass is now on sale. Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson will stop throwing…

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An Autumn of Bourbon…

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Autumn is a special time of year in the world of American whiskey. With the hot summer done, the distilleries knuckle down and push their various special releases for the year out of the door….

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Cocktails at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

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As we get closer to our marvellous TWE Whisky Show (which is scarily only five weeks away) there will be a lot more information appearing about the things that we’re going to be doing, as…

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A trip to Knockdhu

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[This is Part 4 of Billy’s trip around the Inver House distilleries.  If you haven’t already, you should check out his scribblings from Balblair, Pulteney and Speyburn] After leaving Speyburn we hacked back over to…

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A trip to Speyburn

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[This is the third instalment of Billy’s trip around the Inver House distilleries.  If you haven’t already, check out his visits to Balblair and Pulteney] The next stop on our tour of the Inver House distilleries…

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Music at the TWE Whisky Show – Tim Hain

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We’re happy to announce that we not only have fantastic drinks and food lined up for the TWE Whisky Show but we now also have musical accompaniment thanks to the excellent Tim Hain. You can…

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A trip to Pulteney

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Leg 2 of my Inver House distilleries tour started off with a bit of a drive. Our departure point was Edderton, home of Balblair, and our destination was Wick, site of the Pulteney distillery. Scotland…

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TWE Whisky Show Masterclass: Exotic Fruit with Dave Broom

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Another week and another masterclass has been announced for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in October. It’s a slightly different look at a whisky tasting to normal, instead matching up flavours between the different bottlings,…

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A trip to Balblair

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The lovely folk of Inver House Distillers (the Scottish production wing of International Beverages) recently invited me along to a trip around four of their distilleries with a bunch of international bloggers. Not being one…

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TWE Whisky Show Masterclass: The Gordon & Macphail Timeline

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This is just a quick post to point you to a more in depth post, but following on from the announcement of our first masterclass at this year’s Whisky Exchange Whisky Show we are proud…

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