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Rocky
A 2013 addition, Rocky (not his real name, he's harder than he looks) joined us from Berry Brothers, where a smorgasbord of roles in 7 years culminated in exile to Basingstoke as a Spirits Specialist. Responsible for writing product descriptions on the site, he also helps out the team with their travel queries.
 

The Whisky Show Masterclass – Glenfiddich

The first Masterclass of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show aptly celebrated the first single malt brand – Glenfiddich. Led by newly appointed UK brand ambassador Mark Thomson, the Masterclass charted the history of the distillery, with six expressions ranging from the 1960s … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Show Masterclass – Gordon & MacPhail

One of the standout Masterclasses at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show saw the launch of Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra series – a range of four single-cask whiskies, each selected by a branch of the third and fourth … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Show Masterclass – Aurora Brorealis

The headline Masterclasses at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show are guaranteed to be special. This year’s line-up included a rare chance to taste six whiskies from legendary closed distillery Brora, in the epically titled Aurora Brorealis, led by Diageo whisky ambassador Colin Dunn. … Continue reading >>

Malt of the Month – Glenmorangie Lasanta

October’s Malt of the Month is Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old, an oloroso-sherry-finished whisky that is part of the extra-matured range that also includes Quinta Ruban (ruby port finish) and Nectar D’Or (Sauternes finish). The Highland distillery is regarded as a pioneer of wood finishing, … Continue reading >>

Getting to grips with grappa

For something a bit different, we explored grappa for the first time at our latest Vinopolis tasting, ably guided by expert Nick Hopewell-Smith. It’s fair to say grappa has a bad reputation. At the tasting, we unanimously agreed this is most likely down to … Continue reading >>

Diageo Special Releases 2014 – first look

The eagerly-awaited line-up of the Diageo Special Releases 2014 has been announced. There are a total of 11 bottlings this year, including the four usual suspects (Port Ellen, Brora, Lagavulin and unpeated Caol Ila), a couple of first-timers (Strathmill and … Continue reading >>

The Devil returns to Bowmore – The Devil’s Casks Batch 2

[Sadly, we've sold our initial allocation, but you can sign up here to be notified should we manage to find some more.] Arguably the most anticipated Scotch whisky release of 2013 was the first edition of Bowmore The Devil’s Casks. … Continue reading >>

Malt of the Month – Glengoyne 18 Year Old

It’s time for our next Malt of the Month, and for September we’ve chosen Glengoyne 18 Year Old. Our selection is based purely on highlighting whiskies that often get overlooked – either within a distillery’s range or the category as a … Continue reading >>

Merlet C² Liqueurs – explore your fruity side

Despite the growth of using brown spirits in mixed drinks, Cognac has not benefited to the same degree. The same can be said of liqueurs, with Grand Marnier and Domaine du Canton the only two Cognac-based examples that spring to mind. A few years … Continue reading >>

Vulson White Rhino Rye – Alpine spirit

Every now and then, a new product arrives at TWE that really excites us – unique, with a great back story, or simply an interesting concept. So, when we heard about the release of a French alpine rye, we were … Continue reading >>

Kummel – calming those first-tee nerves

There are many things that work together. Some need no explanation: soap and water, meat and potatoes or fish and chips; some are a little more obscure – Danny DeVito and Arnie, ham and Coca-Cola, strawberries and black pepper. Another combination … Continue reading >>

Glen Moray – Elgin’s hidden gem

With around 100 active whisky distilleries in Scotland, it’s inevitable that some get overlooked. One underrated distillery is Glen Moray. The distillery’s range is prominent in supermarkets, but has managed to stay under the radar of the average whisky drinker. I admit … Continue reading >>