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Caroni 2000 17 Year Old – Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

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Caroni 2000 17yo Whisky Exchange exclusive

We’re very fortunate at The Whisky Exchange. Not only do we have one of the world’s widest ranges of great spirits, beers, wines and liqueurs, but we also work with the foremost independent bottlers and…

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South African Gin and Tonic

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So, you love gin. We know how you feel – we’re partial to a G&T too. Or a Negroni, or a Martini… And for gin lovers, the last 18 months have been fantastic – never…

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What food goes with vermouth?

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Vermouth

[It’s Vermouth Month, and we’ve asked food and wine pairing expert Fiona Beckett to give us her thoughts on what we should be eating when drinking vermouth] Vermouth has been the big drinks craze of 2018…

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Hendrick’s Orbium – the end of gin and tonic?

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Gin and tonic saves lives. Or at least it did, back when malaria was rife and the powers that be needed to get quinine – one of the most effective anti-malarial substances on the planet…

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Happy Daiquiri Day!

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Daiquiri

Happy Daiquiri Day! The humble Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail and maybe the simplest one to make at home. But there’s much more to it than there might seem… What is a Daiquiri? At…

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Foursquare 2005 – ISC Supreme Champion Spirit 2018

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Foursquare 2005

Rum is often seen as a party drink. Drunk in cocktails, over ice, from a coconut, with Coke, on fire, with a slice of lime, from a plastic cup or while wearing a silly hat….

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World Cup Drinking – it’s coming home?

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Football

Football. The beautiful game. Or so I am told. I know nothing about sport, and the current World Cup fever has so far passed me by. However, I seem to be winning The Whisky Exchange…

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Competitive Picnicking – celebrate National Picnic Week

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Winning Picnics

It’s National Picnic Week and with the weekend looking sunny, it’s time to grab a blanket, some bottles and a sandwich or three, and head into the great outdoors. Caroline has some tips for how…

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The Negroni – a drink for World Gin Day

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Negroni

It’s that time of year again: World Gin Day is almost upon us. I’m a big fan already (any excuse to drink gin is a good thing, in my opinion) but this year things are…

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How to drink: Cognac

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How To Drink Cognac

With The Cognac Show starting tomorrow, there’s one final step in my Cognac education I need to share: how to drink the stuff… Fortunately, I’ve had expert tuition from Whisky Exchange buyer Dawn Davies MW…

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More from Cognac – The Not Quite So Big Three

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Cognac

The Cognac business is a strange one. It is dominated by the Big Four – Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Martell and Courvoisier – but there are hundreds of producers in the region. Cognac is built around…

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How to drink: Vermouth

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How to drink Vermouth

Every year, there are a few drinks that bartenders and writers fall in love with. Folks like me run around telling everyone how great they are and sometimes, unfortunately, people listen – we’re still apologising…

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What is vermouth?

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Negroni Cocktail

Vermouth. The blog that literally tens of you have been waiting for. As we learned last time, vermouth is a type of aromatised wine – which, to be honest, doesn’t sound very sexy. In fact,…

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Giants of Cognac – The Big Four

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Cognac - the Big Four

With The Cognac Show rapidly approaching, we’re digging further into the world of Cognac. While there are hundreds of producers in the region – we have more than 80 in our A-Z of Cognac –…

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The Whisky Exchange presents: Park Royal Gin

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Park Royal Gin

Gin has an illustrious history in the UK and is enjoying a well-earned resurgence. And now, The Whisky Exchange is proud to announce its first-ever gin bottling – Park Royal Gin – made in the…

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Cognac – a beginner’s guide

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Cognac

With The Cognac Show just around the corner, we’ve been investigating France’s most famous spirit. But what is Cognac, where is it made and how do they make it? The region Cognac is the name…

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What are aromatised wines?

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Ever sat in front of a Martini and wondered what, exactly, is vermouth? (aside from something that shouldn’t get anywhere near your Martini, obviously). Ask, and someone will probably tell you that it’s an aromatised…

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Absinthe – a beginner’s guide

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Absinthe

Absinthe is a drink surrounded by stories and misconceptions. From tales of murderous rampages under its influences to decades of being banned across Europe, its reputation is fearsome and almost entirely undeserved. It’s time to…

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