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Ardbeg Perpetuum – celebrating 200 years

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Ardbeg distillery

Ardbeg Day approaches. The final day of the Islay Festival, it’s become the biggest celebration of the week thanks to the distillery’s unique approach: don’t only have a party on the island. This year is…

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Laphroaig – a significant birthday

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Laphroaig

This year’s Islay Festival is one of anniversaries and milestones. Along with Kilchoman’s 10th birthday and Jim McEwan’s retirement there are a pair of big-number celebrations: the 200th anniversaries of the founding of both Ardbeg…

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Jim McEwan – a well-earned retirement

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Jim McEwan

The opening weekend of the Islay Festival isn’t normally a time for sadness, but yesterday saw the end of an era: Jim McEwan hosted his final warehouse tasting at Bruichladdich. While we don’t expect Jim to…

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Islay Feis Ile 2015 – save on your favourite whiskies

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Billy in his Element(s) (you're fired – Ed)

The end of May is a landmark in the whisky calendar – the Islay Festival, or Feis Ile, to give it its proper name. The whole island is involved, and even neighbouring Jura gets in on…

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Three Legends of Whisky – another reason to go to The Whisky Show

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Three Legends

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 is a mere four-and-a-half months away. Tickets are selling well, with early-bird weekend passes down to the last handful, exhibitors are starting to confirm and things are generally going…

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Zuidam Distillers – making world-class rye

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Zuidam Millstone Rye

Last year, I received half-a-dozen samples of Dutch rye whisky. They varied considerably, in terms of cask type, age and number of distillations, but what they all had in common was the amazing amount of…

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Benriach is back

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Benriach Distillery

It’s seen takeovers, a 60-year period of inactivity and a welter of releases in recent years, but now Benriach has unveiled the latest chapter in its history: its new 10 Year Old. Benriach was taken…

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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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Whisky Fight Night 3: Brawl at the Bridge – Balvenie vs Glenmorangie

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Whisky Fight Night

We run a lot of events through the year, from barrel-top tastings in our shop through to The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show‘s weekend of wonder, but every now and again we do something very different….

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Malt of the Month – Single Malts of Scotland Aberlour 1990

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Aberlour 1990 Single Malts of Scotland

Such has been the success of their A’Bunadh bottlings, you could be forgiven for thinking that all Aberlour whiskies are big and sherried. While the distillery’s spirit is on the heavier side for Speyside, there are bottlings…

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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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Bruichladdich Masterclass – the first stop on Jim McEwan’s farewell tour

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Jim McEwan

There are few people who have been more influential in modern whisky than Jim McEwan. From managing Bowmore to restarting Bruichladdich, he has helped build a legion of dedicated fans. But, after more than five decades…

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Caol Ila 2002 – Gordon & MacPhail TWE Exclusive

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Caol Ila 2002 Gordon and MacPhail Whisky Exchange Exclusive

One of the favourite jobs at Whisky Exchange HQ is choosing whisky to become a TWE exclusive. Whether it’s from our own stocks of maturing casks or someone else’s stash, the opportunity to decide that a…

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In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg

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Mickey Heads

We recently managed to grab a few minutes before a whisky tasting with Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Here’s what he had to say about life on Islay. ‘I was born in Port Ellen too…

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Laphroaig 15 Year Old – let the celebrations begin

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Laphroaig 15 Year Old

If you’ve looked at a bottle of Laphroaig over the past few years, then you probably know why 2015 is a big year for the distillery – founded in 1815, as they proudly state on their labels,…

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