Category Archives: Scotch Whisky

 

Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Casks, not your average sherry cask

The folks at Glenfarclas are best known for producing whisky of a very specific style: sherry matured. They’ve done many releases with a nod to other styles, but the core of what they do is rich and heavy whisky, showing the … Continue reading >>

Kilchoman Land Rover Tour – making tracks

It’s been more than two years since we last held a Kilchoman tasting at TWE Vinopolis, which showcased the first releases of 100% Islay and Machir Bay, along with the precursor to Loch Gorm. With the first six-year-old whiskies now … Continue reading >>

Ballechin 10yo – smoke not on the water

The past decade has seen a huge rise in the popularity of smoky whisky. This jump is one of the main reasons why we’ve seen prices for Islay whisky shoot through the roof in recent years, but fortunately, Islay isn’t … Continue reading >>

Diageo Special Releases 2014 – they’re here….

It’s cold, it’s dark, people are starting to wear winter coats, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has appeared. There’s still one thing missing: the Diageo Special Releases. While Rocky got a pre-pre-launch tasting a few weeks ago, the main launch … Continue reading >>

New Octomore from Bruichladdich – the peatiest whisky of all time

Bruichladdich may have reduced their myriad number of bottlings in recent years, but they still know how to grab a headline or two. The progressive Hebridean distillers have just unveiled two latest additions to the range, one of which is … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Show Masterclass – Glenfiddich

The first Masterclass of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show aptly celebrated the first single malt brand – Glenfiddich. Led by newly appointed UK brand ambassador Mark Thomson, the Masterclass charted the history of the distillery, with six expressions ranging from the 1960s … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Show Masterclass – Gordon & MacPhail

One of the standout Masterclasses at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show saw the launch of Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra series – a range of four single-cask whiskies, each selected by a branch of the third and fourth … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Show Masterclass – Aurora Brorealis

The headline Masterclasses at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show are guaranteed to be special. This year’s line-up included a rare chance to taste six whiskies from legendary closed distillery Brora, in the epically titled Aurora Brorealis, led by Diageo whisky ambassador Colin Dunn. … Continue reading >>

The Whisky Show Masterclass – I Did It My Way

While there are hundreds of delicious drams to be had at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show, our excellent Masterclasses raise the bar a notch higher, offering a taste of some of the rarest malts in the world. One such example … Continue reading >>

New single malts from Craigellachie – the bad boy of Speyside

Dewar’s is one of the best-known names in whisky, but if I asked you to name all the single-malt distilleries they own (without Googling), could you do it? Well, if you said Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff and Royal Brackla, have … Continue reading >>

TWE Whisky Show Special Bottlings

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show is just a couple of days away. We’ve been preoccupied over the past few weeks getting things ready, but with one day to go, I’ve had a moment’s respite to write about the special whiskies … Continue reading >>

Malt of the Month – Glenmorangie Lasanta

October’s Malt of the Month is Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old, an oloroso-sherry-finished whisky that is part of the extra-matured range that also includes Quinta Ruban (ruby port finish) and Nectar D’Or (Sauternes finish). The Highland distillery is regarded as a pioneer of wood finishing, … Continue reading >>