Category Archives: SPIRITS & LIQUEURS

 

Spirit of Hven – the appliance of science

With all the romance of whisky, it’s easy to forget that distilleries are, in essence, factories, and production is just cold, hard science. One distillery that takes an extraordinarily scientific approach is Sweden’s Spirit of Hven (pronounced ‘veen’). Distiller and … Continue reading >>

Christmas gift packs – the Grinch’s choice

I’ll be honest. Christmas is my least enjoyable time of year. It’s cold, dark for two-thirds of the day, and my favourite TV programmes are on at different times, ruining my routine – I’m the Grinch of the office. In light of this, the … Continue reading >>

Christmas Delivery Cut-off Dates 2014

As you may have noticed, Christmas is rapidly approaching. That means that the world’s postal services start groaning at the seams and deliveries start slowing down. To make sure you get your parcel by 25 December, make sure you order before … Continue reading >>

Spirit and Whisky of the Year 2014-15

It’s strange how quickly something becomes a yearly tradition. It’s only the second time we’ve given our Whisky and Spirit of the Year awards, but it already feels like a festive fixture. The core idea was the same as last … Continue reading >>

The Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar 2014

We’ve been fighting it, but now December’s upon us, it is officially Almost Christmas. With this curious state of being comes a number of things: tinsel becomes more appropriate, Christmas songs become legitimate radio fodder, and we launch our (now) yearly … Continue reading >>

Celebrating the spirit of a reunified Germany, 25 years on

There are some dates that stick in the memory – Thursday 9 November 1989 is one of them. The day east met west, the day the Berlin Wall fell. Today marks the 25th anniversary since the border was officially reopened, … Continue reading >>

Delamain Cognac – small but perfectly formed

The Cognac world is dominated by four houses – Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell and Rémy Martin, who control 85% of the industry between them – but for the latest Whisky Exchange tasting at Vinopolis, the focus was right at the other … Continue reading >>

A new look for TWE – website updates

If you have a look at The Whisky Exchange website today, you may notice a few differences. By which I mean we’ve totally revamped the site. We’ve been doing little tweaks over the past few years, but we decided that … Continue reading >>

Getting to grips with grappa

For something a bit different, we explored grappa for the first time at our latest Vinopolis tasting, ably guided by expert Nick Hopewell-Smith. It’s fair to say grappa has a bad reputation. At the tasting, we unanimously agreed this is most likely down to … Continue reading >>

Merlet C² Liqueurs – explore your fruity side

Despite the growth of using brown spirits in mixed drinks, Cognac has not benefited to the same degree. The same can be said of liqueurs, with Grand Marnier and Domaine du Canton the only two Cognac-based examples that spring to mind. A few years … Continue reading >>

Summer Spirits and Cocktails at TWE Vinopolis

While most of the masterclasses at our London shop are focused on the world of whisky, we do like to do something a little different from time to time. With summer most definitely in the air, we were joined by … Continue reading >>

Vulson White Rhino Rye – Alpine spirit

Every now and then, a new product arrives at TWE that really excites us – unique, with a great back story, or simply an interesting concept. So, when we heard about the release of a French alpine rye, we were … Continue reading >>