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Benriach tasting – fruit, glorious fruit!

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Stewart Buchanan of Benriach

After a difficult start to life, Benriach has emerged from the shadows and is now a highly regarded Speyside distillery. It closed after just two years in 1900, with a 65-year gap until it reopened…

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In Their Own Words – Colin Dunn, Whisky Ambassador, Diageo

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Colin Dunn

Colin Dunn has done more than most to get people switched on to whisky. After a spell with Suntory, he moved to Diageo in 2008, educating drinkers about the delights of the company’s numerous single…

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Happy Glenfarclas 105 Day!

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Glenfarclas Day Prize Draw

Happy Glenfarclas 105 Day everyone! Now, while this may not be the most well-known of whisky-related holidays – those honours go to World Whisky Day and International Whisk(e)y Day – the 105th day of the…

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Oban Little Bay – win a trip to Scotland!

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Oban Distillery

Oban was one of the first whisky distilleries I visited; it was more than a decade ago, but I remember it well. Situated on Scotland’s west coast in the heart of the Highland town of the…

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Highland Park 1999 – exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

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Highland Park 1999 TWE Exclusive

Finding good whisky is difficult. I don’t mean on the shelves – despite loud online debates to the contrary, there has never been such a range of different, great-tasting drams available – but finding a…

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The rise of British spirits

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Best of British

Spirit production in Britain has come a long way in the past decade. Previously just a bastion of whisky and gin, today you’ll find aperitifs, cider brandy and even marc made on the island. Founded in…

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All whiskies to carry age statements by 2017 – exclusive

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Compulsary age statements

The Whisky Exchange has learned of a startling development that could turn the whisky industry on its head – within 12 months, every spirit produced in the EU will need to declare its age on the label….

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Elements of Islay: Peat – what lies beneath

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Elements of Islay Peat

Peat has always been a divisive subject among whisky drinkers. For every individual who craves that salty, smoky hit that peaty whisky provides, there’ll be another who shies away and heads for a gentler, fruitier…

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Laphroaig Lore – peaty knowledge

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Laphroaig Lore

With a year of 200th birthday celebrations behind them, you’d think that the folks at Laphroaig might want to have a rest. That’s not their style, and they have kicked off 2016 with a new ongoing…

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World Whiskies Awards 2016 – who won?

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World Whiskies Awards 2016

Today is the start of Whisky Live London (tickets still available here) and that means that last night marked the announcement of the winners of the World Whiskies Awards 2016. I’ve been a judge for…

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Corsair – southern style

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Corsair logo

‘If it has been done before, we are not interested in doing it.’ An apt motto when you learn that it comes from Corsair, the US-based distiller that has turned more than a few heads…

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Elements of Islay – the peat generation

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Elements of Islay

Our fortnightly London tastings follow a theme, often a single type of spirit or a range of products from one brand. Sometimes it coincides with the launch of a new product, as was the case…

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Singleton of Glen Ord 15 Year Old – Malt of the Month

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Glen Ord

I’ve been intrigued by Glen Ord for years. Back in the dim and distant past, I became aware of the distillery when I was asked to write about them in 1001 Whiskies to Try Before…

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Lagavulin 200th anniversary – new 8 Year Old whisky

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old #Lagavulin200

There aren’t many distilleries that have universal appeal. Some people adore rich, sherried whiskies; other people despise them. Some love lean, medicinal styles; others run a mile. But there is one whisky distillery that gets…

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World whisky tasting at The Whisky Exchange Shop @ Covent Garden

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World Whisky Barrel Top Tasting

Our Covent Garden shop opened at the end of last year, and now that we’ve settled in, we’re ready to start our latest new thing – a regular, end-of-the-month tasting evening. Tomorrow, Thursday 25 February,…

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