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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.

Burns Night – time to get your bard on

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The end of January heralds the first big date in the Scotch whisky calendar, 25 January. The birthday of and traditional day for the celebration of the life of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns.

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New Karuizawa 1981 and Hanyu 2000

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Ever since we previewed it at The Whisky Show in October, we’ve been receiving questions about the Karuizawa that was on our Japanese whisky stand. The wait is now over and we can announce both…

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The (now) Traditional TWE Blog Review of the Year

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Starting traditions is easy. Firstly, you declare that something is a tradition, and then you do it more than once. Bingo: tradition. On that note, here’s the (now) traditional TWE Blog Review of the Year!…

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TWE Advent Calendar – the last few days…

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We’re now 22 days into December, and with Christmas Day only three days away, there is one thing on our minds: there are only three more TWE Advent Calendar prize draws to go. We’ve given…

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Balvenie – #24×24

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It’s scary how many product launches happen around the festive season. Even though we expect to see lots of new bottlings appearing ready for the Christmas rush, this year has seen a surprisingly large number….

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Sherry casks part three: what goes into a sherry cask?

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[You can find the first two parts of this series at: What was a sherry cask? and What is a sherry cask?] In the last post, I talked about how the type of wood that makes…

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Spirit and Whisky of the Year 2014-15

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It’s strange how quickly something becomes a yearly tradition. It’s only the second time we’ve given our Whisky and Spirit of the Year awards, but it already feels like a festive fixture. The core idea…

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Sherry casks part two: what is a sherry cask?

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[If you missed it, here’s part one: What was a sherry cask?] These days, the vast majority of sherry casks used to mature Scotch whisky are specifically built for the whisky industry. They are still…

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The Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar 2014

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We’ve been fighting it, but now December’s upon us, it is officially Almost Christmas. With this curious state of being comes a number of things: tinsel becomes more appropriate, Christmas songs become legitimate radio fodder, and…

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Sherry casks part one: what was a sherry cask?

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Once you start getting into whisky, one of the first things you notice is the various types of cask that the spirit is matured in. While they all have their own distinctive character, the most…

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Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Casks, not your average sherry cask

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The folks at Glenfarclas are best known for producing whisky of a very specific style: sherry matured. They’ve done many releases with a nod to other styles, but the core of what they do is rich…

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Paul John prize draw winner, and more competitions to come…

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As mentioned on the blog previously, we’ve recently run a prize draw with our friends at Paul John: everyone who bought a bottle of Edited, Brilliance, Peated Selected Cask or the Classic Select Cask was entered…

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Ballechin 10yo – smoke not on the water

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The past decade has seen a huge rise in the popularity of smoky whisky. This jump is one of the main reasons why we’ve seen prices for Islay whisky shoot through the roof in recent…

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Diageo Special Releases 2014 – they're here….

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It’s cold, it’s dark, people are starting to wear winter coats, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has appeared. There’s still one thing missing: the Diageo Special Releases. While Rocky got a pre-pre-launch tasting a few…

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 – The Winners

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Update: If you want to see all of the winners in stock then head to our Whisky Bible 2015 page. The latest edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has hit the shelves, and in usual fashion, his…

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