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A graduate from the same journo college as Piers Morgan and, er, Richard Madeley, Essex boy Stuart has been entrusted to keep the TWE website in safe hands. He’s spent the past decade writing for the UK’s best drinks titles, reviewing restaurants for Square Meal, and building his whisky collection.

Black Friday 2016 – why pay less?

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We’ve got a great Black Friday deal this year – but unlike some retailers, we’re not slashing prices. We’re taking one of our favourite whiskies and charging more for it – or are we? Glendronach…

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Sloe gin – enjoy the fruits of your labours

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I’ll be honest – it took me a while to get into gin. My spirits education began with dark, not white spirits, and it was only a few years ago that I learned to appreciate…

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How to survive the Christmas season

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Christmas is a time to relax and enjoy a well-earned rest, accompanied by delicious food and drink. It’s also a time for festive parties and friends popping round at a moment’s notice, so it’s important…

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Five Questions: Kirsteen Campbell, master blender, The Famous Grouse

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Kirsteen Campbell is master blender for both The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark. We caught up with her to ask her about blended whisky, single malts and more. What are the key stylistic and flavour profiles of Famous Grouse…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Bowmore: From One Master To Another

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If you made a list of the all the Scotch whiskies to try before you die, it’s a fair bet that Black Bowmore would be on it. And for those in The Whisky Show’s 2016 Bowmore…

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Armagnac – the original craft spirit

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Poor old Armagnac. It’s frequently in the shadows of its blingier cousin, Cognac, which outsells it by 15 bottles to one, even though Armagnac has a longer history. It’s a fabulous spirit, loaded with character,…

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 – the winners

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Jim Murray knows how to surprise. Two years ago, he named Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his World Whisky of the Year, while last year saw that honour go to Canada, with Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye taking…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – 200 Years of Lagavulin

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Diageo’s Dr Nick Morgan has spoken about Lagavulin many times this year, with the distillery celebrating its 200th anniversary. But what really came through at The Whisky Show’s 200 Years of Lagavulin masterclass was how…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Three Masters of Whisky

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This year’s showpiece Whisky Show masterclass featured three contrasting figures. The first: an avuncular figure who has held every job possible in a whisky distillery. The second: an innovator, famed for his experiments with casks….

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Adventurous wines – try something new

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Before I started writing about whisky, I wrote about wine. It’s still one of my favourite things, and no matter how many whisky dinners I attend, for me, wine is the best thing to pair…

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In Their Own Words – Tom Kitchin

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Tom Kitchin is owner of award-winning restaurant The Kitchin, in Leith, Scotland and The Scran & Scallie gastropub in Edinburgh. He was awarded his first Michelin star aged just 29, and has worked with some of the world’s…

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What is Cachaca?

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If you’ve ever drunk a refreshing Caipirinha cocktail on a warm summer’s day then you’ve probably tried cachaça without even realising. This light, grassy, aromatic spirit comes from Brazil and it’s just the thing for…

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Changing the image of rum – mission impossible?

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As well as showing off his impressive rum range, Foursquare master distiller Richard Seale was a man on a mission at the latest tasting at The Whisky Exchange’s Covent Garden shop this week. The big…

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The lowdown on rum with Richard Seale – Master Distiller, Foursquare Rum

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Richard Seale is one of the most respected names in the rum industry, with decades of experience, and the man behind some of the best names in the business, including Doorly’s, Foursquare and RL Seale….

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Unsung heroes – new discoveries from The Whisky Exchange

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Here at The Whisky Exchange, we’re always on the lookout for something different, whether it’s a new take on an established favourite or a totally new idea that makes us sit up and take notice….

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