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Futurist Cocktails

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Fortunato Depero – Campari

Italy at the turn of the 20th century was a strange place. Having become a unified country in the middle of the 1800s, the new state had changed a lot, but was still steeped in tradition,…

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Cherry Heering – the liqueur that made a cocktail

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Cherry Heering

Some brands are synonymous with their categories – Hoover (vacuum cleaner), Bic (biros), Disaronno (amaretto). And in the world of cherry brandy, the daddy of them all is Cherry Heering. Officially called Heering Original Cherry…

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Windswept Brewing

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Windswept Brewing

We’re always looking for new, tasty things to stock at The Whisky Exchange, and while our name suggests a focus for that search, we don’t stop at whisky. We’ve got a dizzying range of spirits,…

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Fireball – the cinnamon liqueur that started it all

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The rise in flavoured whisky liqueurs over the past few years has been nothing short of astronomical, with cinnamon very much at the forefront. But the category is nothing new – the original was created back in…

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Tarquin’s Cornish Pastis and Gin

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Southwestern Distillery

Two things we like at TWE are an intriguing product, and a play on words. So imagine our delight when a new apéritif arrived from Cornwall: Tarquin’s Cornish Pastis. Claiming to be the UK’s first pastis,…

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St Patrick’s Day experiment – a DIY Irish cream recipe

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Irish Cream

St Patrick’s Day is upon us. I will be hiding in my flat tonight, avoiding streets thronged with green-clad drinkers throwing Guinness at each other as they swap foam shamrock hats and look for the…

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Rocky does Rock Town

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Arkansas isn’t the first state one thinks of for whisky production: half of its counties are ‘dry’, which prohibits the sale of alcohol; it’s illegal to drink in a public place or private car (even…

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Smögen Whisky and Strane Gin – (Swedish) west coast style

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Smogen whisky and Strane gin

The expansion of whisk(e)y production continues apace. With more than 500 distilleries now operational in the US, and many Old World distillers expanding their ranges to include grain spirit, the future is awash with whisky. One…

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Burns Night – time to get your bard on

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Burns Night

The end of January heralds the first big date in the Scotch whisky calendar, 25 January. The birthday of and traditional day for the celebration of the life of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns.

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Tiffon Cognac – fjord of dreams

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Tiffon's archives

While many spirits have started to focus on smaller producers, there’s one area that is still very much focused on the giants: Cognac. In November last year, looking for something different, we visited one of the…

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Chartreuse – the elixir of silent life

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Chances are you’ve heard of Chartreuse, even if you’ve never tasted it. A staple of many of my generation’s parents’ and grandparents’ drinks cabinets, it’s been referenced in films from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes to Quentin…

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The (now) Traditional TWE Blog Review of the Year

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The Whisky Exchange 2014 Round-up

Starting traditions is easy. Firstly, you declare that something is a tradition, and then you do it more than once. Bingo: tradition. On that note, here’s the (now) traditional TWE Blog Review of the Year!…

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Dry January – time for an epiphany

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Food pyramid

Christmas is now officially over, the New Year is here, and for me, it’s time to give my body time to regroup. Every January, various charities promote an alcohol-free month; among them this year are Alcohol…

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Merry Christmas from The Whisky Exchange

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Merry Christmas!

After 12 months of sensible, serious whisky chat, we thought it was time for the TWE blog team to let our hair down – although, judging by the pic, we might struggle with that one….

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Spirit of Hven – the appliance of science

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Henric Molin at Spirit of Hven

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…

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