Author Archives: Tim F

Tim F
Tim was the TWE blog’s first blogger and has worked for The Whisky Exchange since 2003, where he has risen to the dizzy heights of Web Content Editor after grubbing his way up from the trade desk. Along with his recently-arrived protégé / lackey Billy, he is to blame for all the written content on the TWE website, plus tasting notes, press releases and inept faffing around on various forms of social meeja.
 

TWE Blog’s Christmas Whisky: Bowmore Tempest 3

There’s been a few great whiskies this year, many of them Irish and some classics from independent bottlers (including a few zingers from our good selves, I must add immodestly).  So this is not my Whisky of the Year – there’s just too … Continue reading >>

Midleton Distillery Trip: Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys Pt.1

In early May, TWE Blog was one of a small group of highly-privileged whisky folk invited to attend a special event at the Midleton distillery in Cork. Although the invite mentioned the launch of the Midleton Single Pot Still releases, … Continue reading >>

Last Vatted Malt: Compass Box Get Reactionary

Dateline: 22nd November 2011.  Time: 11.59pm. Venue: A secret location in London.  There’s going to be a raucous party this evening – a sort of ‘pre-wake’, if you will (don’t worry, all will become clear).  A fancy Soho joint will be flashmobbed by a … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Redbreast 12yo Cask Strength

A ripple of excitement went through the whiskey world last week when it was revealed that Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers Ltd, owners of the Midleton complex, were launching a cask strength version of arguably the distillery’s greatest brand: Redbreast 12 … Continue reading >>

Port Askaig Harbour 19 Year Old

It’s with great regret that we must announce that the Port Askaig 17 year-old – Speciality Drinks’ superb mystery single Islay malt which became the whisky version of a soundtrack [a tastetrack? - Ed.] to TWEBlog & Caskstrength/ManDate’s momentous 2009 trip to Feis … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Exchange Blog at Spirit of Speyside: Pt 4

Welcome to the concluding part of Tim F’s monumental write-up of this year’s Spirit of Speyside festival.  Foolhardy stalwarts can find the earlier episodes here, here and here. Neil, Joel and I had to bid farewell to our fellow travellers on Saturday night after … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Exchange Blog at Spirit of Speyside: Pt 3

This is the third part of Tim’s over-written journal from The Spirit of Speyside festival. Brave readers happening on this post for the first time may want to read Part 1 & Part 2 first.  Proper breaks should be taken between posts for refreshment … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Exchange Blog at Spirit of Speyside: Pt. 2

Welcome to part two of my epic jaunt around the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.  Click here if you missed Pt. 1 (or if you just fancy reading it again). The following morning, after a fine fry-up in Linn House’s … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Exchange Blog at Spirit of Speyside: Pt.1

Now and again, working in the whisky industry and trotting out the occasional overly verbose blog throws up some spectacular fringe benefits that fully justify the grinding rectal ache of the three hour daily commute required to trek between southeast … Continue reading >>

Suntory Japanese Whisky Tasting at TWE Vinopolis

The Whisky Exchange Vinopolis is hosting a very special tasting event next week. In light of the horrific events that devastated a proud and noble nation on the 11th March, we felt it only right to do what we do best … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Port Ellen 1982 Royal Wedding Whisky

Just arrived – our very special single sherry cask 1982 Port Ellen Royal Wedding Reserve!  We mentioned this in our earlier guide to Royal Wedding whiskies, so let’s try and give you an idea of what it’s all about with … Continue reading >>

TWE Whisky Show Masterclass: Sherry Heaven

We’ve got some exciting news about The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show today on TWE Blog, as I’m announcing the first of this year’s Masterclasses!  And you’d better strap yourselves in, because it’s a stunner… To maintain the standards of previous events … Continue reading >>