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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.

In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg

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We recently managed to grab a few minutes before a whisky tasting with Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Here’s what he had to say about life on Islay. ‘I was born in Port Ellen too…

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Laphroaig 15 Year Old – let the celebrations begin

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If you’ve looked at a bottle of Laphroaig over the past few years, then you probably know why 2015 is a big year for the distillery – founded in 1815, as they proudly state on their labels,…

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Spirit of the Month – Plymouth Navy Strength Gin

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For the past year, we’ve been naming a Malt of the Month. We’ve had some excellent drams, with great  special offers, from old favourites like Laphroaig 10 and Highland Park 12, to lesser-known gems like…

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Whisky Fight Night: Brawl at the Bridge – tickets on sale now!

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The Whisky Exchange Shop at Vinopolis hosts lots of great events. However, there’s one pair of presenters who stand out from the crowd when it comes to putting on an evening to remember, creating tastings that…

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Hedonism Quindecimus – Happy 15th Birthday, Compass Box!

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The Whisky Exchange and boutique whisky blender Compass Box have a few things in common: we started out from one person’s idea, we’re based in west London and we have fewer employees than most people assume….

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Futurist Cocktails

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Italy at the turn of the 20th century was a strange place. Having become a unified country in the middle of the 1800s, the new state had changed a lot, but was still steeped in tradition,…

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In their own words – Mark Thomson, UK Brand Ambassador, Glenfiddich

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‘I got into whisky because of my family. My grandfather, who recently passed away at 106, had drunk whisky all of his life. Sherry was his other tipple, but I didn’t speak Spanish so the…

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Windswept Brewing

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We’re always looking for new, tasty things to stock at The Whisky Exchange, and while our name suggests a focus for that search, we don’t stop at whisky. We’ve got a dizzying range of spirits,…

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Malt of the Month – Mortlach Rare Old

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The launch of the new Mortlach range has been slow-burning. The new whiskies were first announced early in 2014 and finally hit the market in the summer. Since then, they have been rolling out across…

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Upcoming whisky festivals – tickets on sale now!

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March is the month when the UK whisky festival calendar starts up again. From here until October the schedule is pretty full, with shows up and down the country from Bristol to Speyside. As you might expect,…

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St Patrick’s Day experiment – a DIY Irish cream recipe

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St Patrick’s Day is upon us. I will be hiding in my flat tonight, avoiding streets thronged with green-clad drinkers throwing Guinness at each other as they swap foam shamrock hats and look for the…

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The Unseen Bar and the lesser-spotted Glenmorangie 1963

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Pop-up whisky bars are all the rage in London these days. They’re a great chance for distilleries to actually speak to whisky fans and for those same fans to try some interesting drams. From today…

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Smögen Whisky and Strane Gin – (Swedish) west coast style

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The expansion of whisk(e)y production continues apace. With more than 500 distilleries now operational in the US, and many Old World distillers expanding their ranges to include grain spirit, the future is awash with whisky. One…

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Malt of the Month – Bushmills 1608

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For drinks fans, March has three big days: Mother’s Day: a time for buying your mum something tasty St Patrick’s Day: a time for focusing on tasty things from the Emerald Isle my birthday: a…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 – tickets on sale now

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Tickets for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 are now on sale! For those who don’t need to know any more than that, just click on the image below to head to the ticket page. I’ll…

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