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After working his way round a plethora of drinks companies, Ollie joined the shop team in 2011. Having worked on the tastings side and helping organise The Whisky Show, Ollie headed for the of our head office where he works as part of The Whisky Show team and as new business developer.

Spirit of the Month – Ogilvy Potato Vodka

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Scotland now has its first potato vodka – the Jarron family at Hatton of Ogilvy Farm began distilling there for the first time in September last year. The farm has been in the same family…

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Zuidam Distillers – making world-class rye

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Last year, I received half-a-dozen samples of Dutch rye whisky. They varied considerably, in terms of cask type, age and number of distillations, but what they all had in common was the amazing amount of…

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Bowmore – a totally tropical journey (part 2)

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In part one of this series, Ollie looked at the golden era of Bowmore whiskies. He now turns his attention to the 1980s and beyond, beginning with a tricky period for the distillery… 1980s For many…

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Bowmore – a totally tropical journey

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During a recent trip, I was very fortunate to try a plethora of once-in-a lifetime drams from the oldest distillery on Islay: Bowmore. Outside of the big-name investment whiskies such as the Black Bowmore trilogy…

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Box Distillery Master Class – toasty morsels

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Some time ago, while taking a whisky cruise from Stockholm, I came across the lovely guys at Box Distillery in Sweden. On my return home, I decided to have a try of their first educational…

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Whisky: The Manual, by Dave Broom

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This time last year I was busy sorting out classes for the 2013 Whisky Show, and in my search for interesting ideas, a slightly fuzzy-haired, glazed-eyed version of Tim Forbes (formerly of this parish) told…

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Tasting the 2012 Diageo Special Releases at TWE Vinopolis

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Since 2001 Diageo have announced, in October of each year, their Special Release Range. Each series of bottles is picked to highlight the best of their distilleries and are acknowledged to be landmark bottlings, representing…

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