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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 Questions: Kirsteen Campbell, master blender, The Famous Grouse

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Kirsteen Campbell

Kirsteen Campbell is master blender for both The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark. We caught up with her to ask her about blended whisky, single malts and more. What are the key stylistic and flavour profiles of Famous Grouse…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Bowmore: From One Master To Another

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Bowmore Distillery

If you made a list of the all the Scotch whiskies to try before you die, it’s a fair bet that Black Bowmore would be on it. And for those in The Whisky Show’s 2016 Bowmore…

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 – the winners

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Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2017

Jim Murray knows how to surprise. Two years ago, he named Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his World Whisky of the Year, while last year saw that honour go to Canada, with Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye taking…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – 200 Years of Lagavulin

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Lagavulin

Diageo’s Dr Nick Morgan has spoken about Lagavulin many times this year, with the distillery celebrating its 200th anniversary. But what really came through at The Whisky Show’s 200 Years of Lagavulin masterclass was how…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Three Masters of Whisky

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

This year’s showpiece Whisky Show masterclass featured three contrasting figures. The first: an avuncular figure who has held every job possible in a whisky distillery. The second: an innovator, famed for his experiments with casks….

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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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Glenrothes – golden years

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Glenrothes Tasting line-up

Speyside distillery Glenrothes bucks the trend by releasing its whiskies by vintage rather than with an age statement. Since 2010 it has been under the sole ownership of wine merchant (and independent bottler) Berry Brothers & Rudd. We welcomed…

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Diageo Special Releases 2016 – First Look

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Diageo Special Releases 2016

It’s that time of year again: the Diageo Special Releases 2016 are here. Well, almost here – they’re earlier than usual this year and should be hitting The Whisky Exchange website on the evening of…

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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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Everything you need to know about Indian whisky

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Indian Whisky Infographic

Indian whisky is big. Eight of the top 10 best-selling whisky brands in 2015 were made in India, with only Johnnie Walker and Jack Daniel’s preventing a whitewash. Want to know more? Here’s our handy…

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In Their Own Words – Tom Kitchin

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The Kitchin Restaurant

Tom Kitchin is owner of award-winning restaurant The Kitchin, in Leith, Scotland and The Scran & Scallie gastropub in Edinburgh. He was awarded his first Michelin star aged just 29, and has worked with some of the world’s…

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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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Whisky is for summer – not just for Christmas

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Summer Whisky © Photography by Michael Njunge for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandow)

Being a dedicated Scotch whisky drinker, I normally don’t do that well in summer. Traditionally, Scotch whisky is associated with cooler weather, and the past month here in London has not provided me with 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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