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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.

Talisker vs Borough Market tasting – Skye Harder

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Talisker whisky is fiery, peppery and smoky, but does it work with food? We hosted our first Talisker-themed food-pairing night five years ago at the TWE shop, so a sequel was long overdue. Diageo brand…

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Spirit of the Month – Michter’s *1 Unblended American Whiskey

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A slight change for June’s Spirit of the Month. Previous months have seen gin and vodka take centre stage, but this time round, we’ve gone for an American whiskey from Michter’s. Michter’s US*1 Unblended American…

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Glenlivet 12 Year Old – time to say goodbye

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After much hesitation and the odd denial here and there, it’s official: The Glenlivet 12 Year Old will soon no longer be sold in the UK. Instead, Glenlivet will be focusing attention on its no-age-statement Founder’s…

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Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 4 – a sherry bomb!

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Glendronach’s no-age-statement Cask Strength series has reached its fourth bottling, again aged in sherry casks, a combination of oloroso and sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez. Glendronach has traditionally used sherry casks to age its whisky, and…

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Casamigos Tequila – a smooth performance from Clooney

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George Clooney is now very much the country gent, following his marriage to a British barrister and recent house-hunting expedition in the English countryside. But when it comes to drinking, he hasn’t quite acquired a…

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Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition – staying local

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It’s the youngest distillery on Islay, but Kilchoman’s history has now reached double figures. Established in 2005, the distillery has made its mark on the island by keeping things local – and with Rémy Cointreau…

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Islay Feis Ile 2015 – save on your favourite whiskies

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The end of May is a landmark in the whisky calendar – the Islay Festival, or Feis Ile, to give it its proper name. The whole island is involved, and even neighbouring Jura gets in on…

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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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