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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.

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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In their own words – Phil Brandon, founder and distiller, Rock Town Distillery

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Telecoms-project-manager-turned-distiller Phil Brandon founded Rock Town in 2010, the first legal distillery in Arkansas. While he’s based in downtown Little Rock, he spends a lot of time on the road, travelling around the USA and…

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Whisky Fight Night 3: Brawl at the Bridge – Balvenie vs Glenmorangie

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We run a lot of events through the year, from barrel-top tastings in our shop through to The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show‘s weekend of wonder, but every now and again we do something very different….

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Bruichladdich Masterclass – the first stop on Jim McEwan’s farewell tour

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There are few people who have been more influential in modern whisky than Jim McEwan. From managing Bowmore to restarting Bruichladdich, he has helped build a legion of dedicated fans. But, after more than five decades…

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Caol Ila 2002 – Gordon & MacPhail TWE Exclusive

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One of the favourite jobs at Whisky Exchange HQ is choosing whisky to become a TWE exclusive. Whether it’s from our own stocks of maturing casks or someone else’s stash, the opportunity to decide that a…

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