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Five of the best: boilermakers

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Boilermaker

To celebrate the launch of London Beer Week 2017, Jane takes a look at the boilermaker, a classic pairing that is now a sophisticated serve in the capital’s best bars. Existing in dive bars as…

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Whisky and food pairing guide: cured meat

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Whisky and Charcuterie

Whisky and food are a great match. I’m not talking about drinking shots with dinner, but instead am looking to the drinkers and eaters of Russia and the Iberian peninsula. Vodka and Zakuski (Russian starters),…

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Anti-Valentine’s cocktails – don’t think pink

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Not everyone likes sweet, pink and fizzy. Hallmark certainly isn’t my idea of a romantic sentiment, and it’s OK if it’s not yours, either. But it does make Valentine’s Day a tricky one to celebrate…

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A day in the life of…a whisky judge

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World Whiskies Awards

Of all the things that have crossed my path since starting to work in the drinks world, judging whisky competitions is one of the most enjoyable. However, many people don’t know what’s involved. The final round…

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Jim Murray – ‘the only criteria I look at is quality’

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Jim Murray solo

In the second part of our exclusive interview, Jim Murray explains his strict rules for choosing his World Whisky of the Year, his response to critics of the Whisky Bible, and his retirement plans. You…

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Jim Murray – ‘I went to Talisker and it changed my life’

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In the first part of our exclusive interview, Jim Murray tells Stuart how Lord Lucan helped him get into whisky, how he helped create the rye boom, and why sulphur is the enemy of a…

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The Perfect Measure to share – whisky with friends

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The Perfect Measure

When it comes to drinking whisky, one of the greatest pleasures is sharing a dram. While there is joy in solitary sipping, teasing apart the flavours in a glass with others adds another level to…

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Thirsty Thanksgiving: Five Essential Drinks

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In the UK, Bonfire Night has barely passed before stores put up their Christmas decorations and supermarkets launch their heartstring-tugging festive adverts. Not so in the USA, where my home country sets its sights on…

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All the single (malt) ladies

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Ladies Night Whisky Tasting

A few of us ladies at TWE HQ are on a mission – to get more women involved in drinking the hard stuff (responsibly, of course). Far too often we have found ourselves sitting in…

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Five things not to miss at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

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Whisky Show

We’re busy at Whisky Exchange HQ. Not only are we getting ready for a busy final three months of the year, but tomorrow marks our annual Whisky Show – two days with some of the best…

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Mountain spirit – the best drinks to enjoy in the Scottish Highlands

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Mountain Spirit

Whether it is to heat up in the middle of a storm, celebrate summiting a peak or having a well-earned nightcap, a carefully chosen spirit can elevate a weekend in the Scottish Highlands. Here are four…

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20 independent whisky bottlers you need to know

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As soon as you look beyond the whiskies released by distilleries, there’s a whole new world out there – the world of independent bottlers. Distilleries don’t own every cask of whisky hidden in the warehouses of Scotland….

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Celebrity spirits – pet project or moneymaker?

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Celebrity spirits

George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Mila Kunis and even Danny DeVito. Are stars attracted to spirit brands because they believe in the product, or just the money? Early in the film Lost in Translation, Bill Murray’s character,…

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Five great London whisky bars

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Our capital is filled with bars all jostling to claim ownership of the largest collection of Scotch, bourbon and Irish whiskies. But, as is the case with wine lists, a carefully curated selection in a…

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Special Offers for a summer of sport

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If there’s three things we’re big fans of at TWE (apart from alliteration), it’s summer, sport and special offers. Thankfully in 2016 we can combine all three – here’s my selection for the podium, based…

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Win a bottle of Michter’s 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

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Michter's Prize Draw

This summer, we’re all about bourbon. We’ve paired up bourbon with barbecue, shown you how to make a Mint Julep, tried to answer the question ‘What is bourbon?‘, and, to cap it all, are giving away…

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What is bourbon? A guide from The Whisky Exchange

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What is bourbon? That’s Jack Daniel’s, right? Whiskey? Something to do with rye? Well, yes to all three, actually. Very simply, bourbon is a mixture of grains, ground up, mixed with water and heated, fermented…

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Get ready for Independence Day!

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Independence Day

It’s just a couple of weeks until 4 July – Independence Day – and to celebrate, we’ve selected some of our favourite whiskies, all ideal if you’re planning a party, whether you’re in the US…

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