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Hibiki Harmony – a blend apart

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Hibiki Harmony

Japanese whisky is enjoying its moment in the sun, but its new-found popularity is putting a strain on stock levels, and as such, non-age-statement whiskies are the inevitable consequence. Hibiki’s answer is Harmony, a blend…

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Nikka Japanese Whisky – tasting highlights

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Nikka 12

In my previous post, we looked at the history of Japanese Nikka whisky, the realisation of Masataka Taketsuru’s dream. In all, Nikka makes nearly 30 different whiskies from its two distilleries. Having tasted the entire range with brand…

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Whisky vs whiskey – the differences explained

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Whisky or Whiskey?

Ever wondered why distillers can’t agree on one basic thing: how to spell the liquid they make? Take a look at your drinks cupboard now, and it’s likely there’ll be at least one bottle with…

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Nikka Japanese whisky – one man’s dream

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Masataka Taketsuru

Japanese whisky has never been more popular, winning awards left, right and centre as well as offering Scotch drinkers an alternative – but not radical departure – in flavour. Recently I met Nikka’s Didier Ghorbanzadeh…

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Exclusive Hanyu – another reason to visit Roka and Zuma

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Roka Zuma Hanyu

There have been a number of rare whiskies appearing from Hanyu recently, and we’ve had our eye on a very limited release bottled by TWE’s sister company Speciality Drinks Ltd. This isn’t on general release, having been exclusively…

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New Karuizawa 1981 and Hanyu 2000

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Karuizawa 1981 - Hanyu 2000 #921

Ever since we previewed it at The Whisky Show in October, we’ve been receiving questions about the Karuizawa that was on our Japanese whisky stand. The wait is now over and we can announce both…

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Christmas gift packs – the Grinch's choice

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Perfect Gifts for Christmas

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….

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The Whisky Exchange Golden Ticket giveaway – it could be you!

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Golden Tickets

‘I think,’ he said quietly, ‘I think … I’ll have just one more of those chocolate bars. The same kind as before, please.’ ‘Why not?’ the fat shopkeeper said, reaching behind him again and taking…

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The Science and Commerce of Whisky – a book review

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The Science and Commerce of Whisky

While there are numerous books about whisky, there are surprisingly few about how to make it, and even fewer about how the whisky industry itself looks at whisky as a thing to be sold. There…

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New Chichibu and the final card – Hanyu The Joker

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Chichibu

Around two hours’ drive north-west of Tokyo, near the city of Saitama, is the largely mountainous town of Chichibu and the home of Chichibu distillery – Japan’s youngest. Although Ichiro Akuto only started planning this…

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Whisky: The Manual, by Dave Broom

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Whisky: The Manual

This time last year I was busy sorting out classes for the 2013 Whisky Show, and in my search for interesting ideas, a slightly fuzzy-haired, glazed-eyed version of Tim Forbes (formerly of this parish) told…

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Hakushu and Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve – A Tasting

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Yamazaki and Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

Japanese whisky is proving to be rather popular at the moment and not being one to shy away from providing you with some lovely new whiskies, we were very pleased to have Shinji Fukuyo visit…

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Karuizawa 1984 Sherry Cask #3663

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Karuizawa 1984 Cask #3663

The news: we have a new Karuizawa going up on the website – Karuizawa 1984 Sherry Cask #3663 bottled 2013 at 56.8%. However, we’ve decided that we’re going to do things a little differently with…

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2013 – The TWEBlog review of the year

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2013 in review

There seems to be a long running tradition across the internets of writing round-up posts at the beginning of the year. I’ve not yet done so and am starting to feel left out, so here’s…

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Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar

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Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar

We’ve been quietly cooking something up for the last few months and today we can reveal our work to the world – The Whisky Exchange Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar. It’s a fairly simple…

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