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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.

Benriach is back

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It’s seen takeovers, a 60-year period of inactivity and a welter of releases in recent years, but now Benriach has unveiled the latest chapter in its history: its new 10 Year Old. Benriach was taken…

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Kentucky Derby Mint Juleps – a thoroughbred cocktail

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On Kentucky Derby day, there is only one drink you should be seen with: a Mint Julep. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 2 May, and at Churchill Downs racecourse in Louisville, where the…

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Midleton Dair Ghaelach – if you go down to the woods today…

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Whisky drinkers are well versed in the effect the choice of cask has on the spirit. American oak (usually ex-bourbon) adds notes of vanilla and toffee, while Spanish sherry casks deliver rich, nutty, fruit and…

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Cinzano 1757 – Cin Cin!

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Cinzano is so ingrained in drinking culture, it’s almost taken for granted. I was first made aware of it by one of those famous mirrors that adorned so many households in the 1970s, as well…

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Chris Cusiter – ‘Whisky is something Scotland can be proud of’

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Scottish rugby international Chris Cusiter talks to TWE about his new-found love of whisky, this year’s World Cup, and his post-career plans. What do you like about whisky? I love it; I love everything about…

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Nikka Japanese Whisky – tasting highlights

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In my previous post, we looked at the history of Japanese Nikka whisky, the realisation of Masataka Taketsuru’s dream. In all, Nikka makes nearly 30 different whiskies from its two distilleries. Having tasted the entire range with brand…

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Whisky vs whiskey – the differences explained

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Ever wondered why distillers can’t agree on one basic thing: how to spell the liquid they make? Take a look at your drinks cupboard now, and it’s likely there’ll be at least one bottle with…

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Nikka Japanese whisky – one man’s dream

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Japanese whisky has never been more popular, winning awards left, right and centre as well as offering Scotch drinkers an alternative – but not radical departure – in flavour. Recently I met Nikka’s Didier Ghorbanzadeh…

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NAS whisky – Diageo speaks out

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When I told Diageo’s Nick Morgan that I’d like to discuss the subject of No Age Statement (NAS) whisky, there was a roll of the eyes and a rather weary sigh. This reaction is explained…

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Irish Distillers tasting – rock the vote

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‘The public gets what the public wants’ sang Paul Weller in 1980’s Going Underground. We agree, so at our latest tasting at Vinopolis we gave our customers a chance to choose a special Irish whiskey…

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In Their Own Words – Alan Winchester, Master Distiller, The Glenlivet

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Alan Winchester is one of most respected names in Scotch whisky. He has worked in a multitude of roles in the business, and was appointed master distiller of The Glenlivet in 2009. With the arrival…

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Highland Park Odin – Norse code

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The final addition to Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection – Odin – is here, following in the footsteps of Thor, Loki and Freya . Also known as ‘The Furious One’, Odin, we are told, is the…

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Glenmorangie Tusail – a Maris made in heaven

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Life is tough for Bill Lumsden. Every year, it’s his job to dream up new expressions of whisky. New Ardbegs, to keep the peat heads happy, and new Glenmorangies, which have featured a bewildering array…

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Malt of the Month – Cardhu 18 Year Old

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They’re big whisky drinkers in Spain, and while blends such as Ballantine’s and Johnnie Walker are the top sellers, one single malt has a huge following, too: Cardhu. Head into any half-decent bar, and it’s…

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In Their Own Words – Georgie Bell, luxury malts ambassador, Mortlach

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After wowing the Edinburgh bar scene with her mixology skills, then educating whisky fans at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Georgie Bell is now on a mission to get people drinking Mortlach single malt. We…

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