Browsing Posts by Author: Billy

Billy
Billy
Drinks writer, 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.

Burns Night – keep it traditional

No Comments on Burns Night – keep it traditional

Burns Night is upon us. Expect the internet to be filled with pictures of steaming haggises, triple tartan outfits and more kilts than you can wave a sgian-dubh at. Here on The Whisky Exchange blog,…

Continue reading »

Glenglassaugh: Revival, Evolution and a new chapter

1 Comment on Glenglassaugh: Revival, Evolution and a new chapter

When it comes to revivals, Glenglassaugh has had one of the more impressive crawls back from the dead in recent years. A decade of stuttering resurrection has been rewarded with the dawning of a new…

Continue reading »

Infinity bottles: blending whisky at home

1 Comment on Infinity bottles: blending whisky at home

Blending whisky is hard. It takes master blenders years to hone their skills, working up slowly through the ranks to take on the creation of new whiskies. However, that shouldn’t stop you having a go…

Continue reading »

The Whisky Exchange Blog Review of 2017

No Comments on The Whisky Exchange Blog Review of 2017

It was a busy year, 2017. Lots of new things to drink, lots of tastings to attend and lots of new posts on the blog. So, before we properly commit to 2018 (it’s only a…

Continue reading »

Brendan McCarron – the Ardbeg apprentice

1 Comment on Brendan McCarron – the Ardbeg apprentice

Brendan McCarron is Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks for The Glenmorangie Company – makers of Ardbeg and Glenmorangie – and heir apparent to the company’s whisky creator, Dr Bill Lumsden. We spoke to him at…

Continue reading »

Port and whisky: separated at birth?

1 Comment on Port and whisky: separated at birth?

One summer, years ago, in the early days of my obsession with drinks, I went away for a long weekend in Portugal and came back a changed man: a few summery days in Porto are…

Continue reading »

In their own words – Dan Szor, founder, Cotswolds Distillery

1 Comment on In their own words – Dan Szor, founder, Cotswolds Distillery

Dan Szor is the founder of Cotswolds Distillery. He left behind a career in finance to follow his love of whisky and build the first distillery in the area. After years of development and hard…

Continue reading »

The Art of Whisky – what makes a beautiful bottle?

1 Comment on The Art of Whisky – what makes a beautiful bottle?

Whether you’re a whisky collector or a drinker, a whisky’s looks are important. Beyond its colour and how it looks in the glass, there’s the packaging. While we are focused on finding whiskies that taste…

Continue reading »

Lost whisky distilleries of Scotland: our picks

1 Comment on Lost whisky distilleries of Scotland: our picks

While there are hundreds of lost distilleries dotting the countryside north of the border, it’s rare to find whisky from any that closed before the 1980s. And if you do, it’s often more a collector’s…

Continue reading »

What is a closed distillery?

No Comments on What is a closed distillery?

Ever since the early days of whisky production, distilleries have appeared and disappeared. Some failed, some merged, some literally exploded, and the Scottish landscape is littered with the remains of historical distilling. However, October was…

Continue reading »

How to drink whisky – blind tasting

No Comments on How to drink whisky – blind tasting

When it comes to tasting whiskies, there is a huge range of things to distract you. The room you’re in, other people around you, rogue pets, your roommate’s bad taste in music, next door’s obsession…

Continue reading »

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018 – The Winners

1 Comment on Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018 – The Winners

It’s that time again: the day when Jim Murray reveals his favourite whiskies in the world. The results of his Whisky Bible 2018 have just been announced, and the winner of the top prize hails…

Continue reading »

The Whisky Show 2017 – it’s this weekend!

No Comments on The Whisky Show 2017 – it’s this weekend!

It’s The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show this weekend and it’s shaping up to be our best show yet. With more than 650 whiskies confirmed from around the world, incredible masterclasses, loads of free talks and…

Continue reading »

Diageo Special Releases 2017 – the tasting notes

1 Comment on Diageo Special Releases 2017 – the tasting notes

Autumn is almost here and the Diageo Special Releases 2017 are here. It’s an exciting group of whiskies this year: along with the regular Port Ellen, Brora, Caol Ila and Lagavulin, there’s also the oldest…

Continue reading »

Selecting a Whisky-Exchange-exclusive release

No Comments on Selecting a Whisky-Exchange-exclusive release

Here at The Whisky Exchange we like to choose special bottles – we have a wide range of exclusive whiskies and other spirits already, and we add more each month. One of the common questions…

Continue reading »

Diageo Special Releases – what are they?

3 Comments on Diageo Special Releases – what are they?

The launch of the 2017 edition of the Diageo Special Releases is imminent. While they’re one of the biggest and most prestigious annual whisky launches, every year we receive the same question: what are they?…

Continue reading »

Six questions with Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master

No Comments on Six questions with Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master

Brian Kinsman is malt master for Glenfiddich, and also looks after the Grant’s range of blended whiskies and works with his mentor David Stewart on the Balvenie range. I caught up with Brian a while…

Continue reading »

Five great rum cocktails for the long weekend

No Comments on Five great rum cocktails for the long weekend

We’ve got great weather forecasts here in London, so it feels like time to whip up some drinks with the most tropical of spirits: rum. Here are five of my favourite rum cocktails to keep…

Continue reading »
Showing page
2 of 19
Scroll To Top