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What is blended whisky? A beginner’s guide

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Blending

There are a confusing number of types of Scotch whisky. From single malts to vatted grains and blended whisky, people call whisky lots of different things. This month we’re focusing on blended whisky, so it’s…

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Blended Whisky – everyone’s doing it

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John Glaser

John Glaser, founder and whiskymaker at Compass Box, makes his case for why blending is essential in the world of Scotch whisky. Everyone blends. This is not well known nor well understood, but in Scotland…

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Earth Day: How Does Climate Change Impact Whisky?

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Kilchoman sunset

Earth Day takes place on Saturday 22 April, with the purpose of raising awareness about current threats to the earth and its natural resources. Such a day is an opportune time to ask ourselves how…

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The story of Kilchoman whisky distillery in five stages

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Kilchoman

Many people dream of starting their own whisky distillery, but the Wills family went ahead and did it, founding Kilchoman on Islay back in 2005. George Wills was our host for a tasting of the…

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Whisky and food pairing guide: dried fruit and nuts

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Fruit and nuts

Nuts are the quintessential snack to eat with drinks, but they’re rarely talked about as a food pairing. From salted peanuts in a dive bar to hand-selected honey-roasted cashews in a gastropub to plain almonds with…

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Clean Spirits – a new alcohol-free range from The Whisky Exchange

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TWE Clean Spirits logo

At The Whisky Exchange, we are always looking at what’s hot and what’s not. Last September we presented our ideas on upcoming drinks for 2017 at an exclusive event at our London shop, and we…

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Whisky casks – all you need to know

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Whisky Casks at Mackmyra

It’s agreed that whisky gets much of its flavour from the wood it’s aged in. Many different types are used, but what do they add? This was the subject of a recent shop tasting hosted by…

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Whisky and food pairing guide: cheese

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Cheese and Whisky pairing

Cheese is an incredibly varied thing. From runny blues to rock-hard Pecorino, from smoky Oscypek to stinky Epoisses, the range of flavour is wide. Fortunately, whisky is up to the task of pairing with it. Here…

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Five of the best: boilermakers

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Boilermaker

To celebrate the launch of London Beer Week 2017, Jane takes a look at the boilermaker, a classic pairing that is now a sophisticated serve in the capital’s best bars. Existing in dive bars as…

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My favourite women in the drinks world

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Georgie Bell

Today is International Women’s Day, so what better way to show our support than by looking at the way women have shaped our industry over the years. I started out in the industry more than…

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Is there a fair way to sell limited-edition whiskies?

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Lagavulin 1991

When it emerged that we would be selling a special charity bottling of Lagavulin we were very excited, not only because it’s great to be involved with such a distinguished distillery, but also because all…

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Five of the best: Independent Whisky Bottlers

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Independent Bottlers

We’re very fortunate at The Whisky Exchange not only to stock a huge range of whiskies from independent bottlers, but also to work closely with our sister company, Speciality Drinks Ltd, which is an independent bottler itself. This…

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Whisky – The Alternative Investment

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Whisky Investment

We often get asked which whisky is a good investment – and it is always a difficult question to answer. There are many ways to look at what has proven to be a good investment,…

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Whisky and food pairing guide: cured meat

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Whisky and Charcuterie

Whisky and food are a great match. I’m not talking about drinking shots with dinner, but instead am looking to the drinkers and eaters of Russia and the Iberian peninsula. Vodka and Zakuski (Russian starters),…

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Anti-Valentine’s cocktails – don’t think pink

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Not everyone likes sweet, pink and fizzy. Hallmark certainly isn’t my idea of a romantic sentiment, and it’s OK if it’s not yours, either. But it does make Valentine’s Day a tricky one to celebrate…

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A day in the life of…a whisky judge

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World Whiskies Awards

Of all the things that have crossed my path since starting to work in the drinks world, judging whisky competitions is one of the most enjoyable. However, many people don’t know what’s involved. The final round…

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What makes a great whisky tasting?

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Colin Dunn

I’ve been lucky to attend plenty of whisky tastings. The latest was a tour through the new batch of Diageo’s Special Releases hosted by whisky educator Colin Dunn – and it was superb. But as…

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Jim Murray – ‘the only criteria I look at is quality’

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Jim Murray solo

In the second part of our exclusive interview, Jim Murray explains his strict rules for choosing his World Whisky of the Year, his response to critics of the Whisky Bible, and his retirement plans. You…

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