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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 tasting – fruit, glorious fruit!

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After a difficult start to life, Benriach has emerged from the shadows and is now a highly regarded Speyside distillery. It closed after just two years in 1900, with a 65-year gap until it reopened…

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In Their Own Words – Colin Dunn, Whisky Ambassador, Diageo

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Colin Dunn has done more than most to get people switched on to whisky. After a spell with Suntory, he moved to Diageo in 2008, educating drinkers about the delights of the company’s numerous single…

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Oban Little Bay – win a trip to Scotland!

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Oban was one of the first whisky distilleries I visited; it was more than a decade ago, but I remember it well. Situated on Scotland’s west coast in the heart of the Highland town of the…

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Elements of Islay: Peat – what lies beneath

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Peat has always been a divisive subject among whisky drinkers. For every individual who craves that salty, smoky hit that peaty whisky provides, there’ll be another who shies away and heads for a gentler, fruitier…

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Corsair – southern style

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‘If it has been done before, we are not interested in doing it.’ An apt motto when you learn that it comes from Corsair, the US-based distiller that has turned more than a few heads…

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Growers’ Champagne Tasting with Dawn Davies MW – small is beautiful

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The big Champagne houses are some of the best-known brands on the planet – the likes of Krug, Bollinger and Moët et Chandon. But there is another side – the world of growers’ Champagne. People…

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Rumchata Cream Liqueur – Spirit of the Month

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Easter is just a few weeks away, so for the sweet-toothed among you, we have an ideal Spirit of the Month for you: Rumchata Cream Liqueur. It’s been a huge hit in the US since its 2010 launch,…

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Lagavulin 200th anniversary – new 8 Year Old whisky

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There aren’t many distilleries that have universal appeal. Some people adore rich, sherried whiskies; other people despise them. Some love lean, medicinal styles; others run a mile. But there is one whisky distillery that gets…

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Foursquare Spiced Rum – a class act

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A lot of people have a soft spot for spiced rum, particularly at this time of year. The combination of rich rum and sweet spice works a treat, particularly served with a mixer or made…

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Malt of the Month – Craigellachie 13 Year Old

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A new month means a great whisky deal to tell you about, and for February, we’re spreading the word about Craigellachie 13 Year Old – and we’ve knocked £4 off the price. Distillery bottlings of…

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Merry Christmas from The Whisky Exchange!

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Another year is almost over, and it’s been another cracker for whisky and spirit drinkers, with all sorts of wonderful things launched in 2015. As you can see from our photo, Billy and I are rather obsessed…

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The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Year 2016

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We sell thousands of spirits at The Whisky Exchange, so choosing our Spirit of the Year is a tough challenge. This is the third year we’ve given an award to our favourite spirit of the…

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Dalmore blending masterclass with Richard Paterson

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‘Hello. How are you? Quite well. Thank you very much.’ If you’ve seen Whyte & Mackay’s Richard Paterson host a tasting before, you’ll be familiar with his repertoire of catchphrases, his penchant for throwing whisky…

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Martell Cognac – ageing gracefully

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The luxurious world of Cognac was centre stage at TWE Vinopolis this week, with Martell pouring five of their best bottles. The youngest we tried was aged for between 10 and 25 years (Cordon Bleu),…

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In Their Own Words – Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master, Cognac Frapin

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Frapin is one of the most highly rated houses in the Cognac region, with a range of elegant, classy bottlings that reflect the Grande Champagne terroir where its vineyards are based. I met up with…

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 – the winners

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Excitement builds every year about the big winners in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Last year, Jim chose Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his 2015 World Whisky of the Year, which had an astonishing effect on demand for…

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Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015 – we are the champions!

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At The Whisky Exchange, we don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but now and again it’s nice to share a little good news. Last week, we were delighted to be named E-commerce Business of…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 – Gone But Never Forgotten

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We conclude our round-up of this year’s Whisky Show masterclasses with Gone But Never Forgotten, a tasting of six whiskies from closed distilleries. Such tastings always attract a lot of interest, for the simple reason…

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