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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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Redbreast 1999 – the first single cask

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Redbreast 1999 Single Sherry Cask

Selecting and bottling casks of whisky takes a lot longer than people think. This time last year – well, 11-and-a-bit months ago – Billy Leighton, master blender at Midleton distillery in Ireland, stopped by with some whiskey…

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Elements of Islay Peat – a slice of island life

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Elements of Islay Peat

We like the Elements of Islay here at The Whisky Exchange blog. Admittedly, they are bottled by our sister company and selected by Oliver Chilton, occasional writer here and developer of The Whisky Exchange’s own exclusive bottlings,…

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Amrut Everest – Standing by Nepal

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Amrut Everest

Behind the scenes, The Whisky Exchange is a very international company. We have people from all over the world throughout the business, from Spanish web developers to Romanian photographers, Portuguese designers, Finnish spirits advisers and even…

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Tasting the 2015 Diageo Special Releases

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Colin Dunn Special Releases Tasting

Our yearly tasting calendar is a varied list of events, taking in everything from whisky to spirits and liqueurs, with even an occasional foray into the world of fizzy wine – tickets to our next tasting, Growers’…

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Malt of the Month – Craigellachie 13 Year Old

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Craigellachie stills

A new month means a great whisky deal to tell you about, and for February, we’re spreading the word about Craigellachie 13 Year Old – and we’ve knocked £4 off the price. Distillery bottlings of…

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