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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 – the winners

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016

Excitement builds every year about the big winners in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Last year, Jim chose Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his 2015 World Whisky of the Year, which had an astonishing effect on demand for…

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London Cocktail Week 2015 – whisky comes alive in the capital

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Old Fashioned cocktail

Hot on the heels of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show comes London Cocktail Week (LCW), a celebration of London’s best mixology and cool cocktails. LCW is run by our sister company, DrinkUp.London, who also organise…

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire – it’s finally here

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Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire

A reputation is a terrible thing. You post one thing on the internet, more people than expected read it, and from that day on you are ‘that guy who likes Jack Daniel’s Honey‘. So, when…

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Wild Turkey – the true taste of Kentucky

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Wild Turkey Eddie Russell

Associate distiller Eddie Russell led a tasting of his Wild Turkey range at our Vinopolis shop earlier this month. As well as taking us through his excellent range of whiskeys, Eddie talked about how his father…

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Spirit of the Month – Michter’s *1 Unblended American Whiskey

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Michters US*1

A slight change for June’s Spirit of the Month. Previous months have seen gin and vodka take centre stage, but this time round, we’ve gone for an American whiskey from Michter’s. Michter’s US*1 Unblended American…

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Jack Daniel’s Honey

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Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

Now, stick with me – this is going to sound a bit weird: I like Jack Daniel’s Honey. That’s not the sort of admission you’d expect a whisky geek to make, but after extensive sampling…

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In their own words – Phil Brandon, founder and distiller, Rock Town Distillery

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Phil Brandon Rock Town

Telecoms-project-manager-turned-distiller Phil Brandon founded Rock Town in 2010, the first legal distillery in Arkansas. While he’s based in downtown Little Rock, he spends a lot of time on the road, travelling around the USA and…

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Kentucky Derby Mint Juleps – a thoroughbred cocktail

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Kentucky Derby

On Kentucky Derby day, there is only one drink you should be seen with: a Mint Julep. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 2 May, and at Churchill Downs racecourse in Louisville, where the…

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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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Rocky does Rock Town

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Rock Town Logo

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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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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Tincup – Colorado whiskey from Indiana

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Tincup American Whiskey

American whiskey is booming. From the rye explosion (an explosion in popularity, rather than an actual detonation) a few years back to the huge number of craft distilleries appearing all over the USA, American whiskey…

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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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Dole out the Barrel – Scotch Whisky Industry in Crisis

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Crisis

Despite the specific nature of the word ‘Scotch’, the Scotch whisky industry is one with international tendrils. In order to be called Scotch whisky, the distilled spirit has to mature in oak casks for at…

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Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar – the last few days…

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Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar

It’s almost Christmas and for us in the drinks retail business it’s almost time to have a sit down and a rest. For me, aka the Arbiter Of Advent, it’s coming on time to hang…

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