Category Archives: Scotch Whisky

 

Diageo Special Releases 2013

Autumn is upon us and the Diageo Special Releases 2013 are here. For those not up to speed on Diageo’s yearly release cycle, about now every year they release a range of whiskies from across the distilleries they own, including … Continue reading >>

The Latest from the Elements of Islay

This year’s Whisky Show has been a rather busy time for us. Not only did we have a show to put on (it went very well, thank you for asking – our writeup of the weekend is over here) but … Continue reading >>

Highland Park Toast 40 Years of Linn

A press release lands on our doormat with a small bottle.  Not an unusual occurrence; but this is a far from usual bottle, as it contains no less than Highland Park 40 year old.  I first tasted this whisky as … Continue reading >>

TWE Whisky Show 2013: The Report

Phew! The Whisky Show is finally over for another year.  This was our biggest and best Show yet, with dozens of exhibitors serving over 500 different spirits (not all of them were whisky…) in an expanded space within London’s Vinopolis. … Continue reading >>

Whisky Show Bottlings, and a trip to Signatory

Ah, Signatory. Finally the secret can be revealed. Some time ago, back in April in fact, a delegation from TWE made a trip up to Scotland, to Pitlochry and Elgin, on a secret mission. The purpose of that mission, as … Continue reading >>

Compass Box of Delilah-ights

So today we have three new Compass Box goodies to have a go at, which is great because, remarkably, this week marks the fifth year since The Whisky Exchange Whisky Blog (snappy title) first slithered onto your screens.  Yes! Five … Continue reading >>

Classic Book Reviews: Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald

Today’s review is of one of the most important, most-revered books about whisky ever written, Whisky by Aeneas Macdonald, which was first published in an edition of 1600 copies by Porpoise Press in 1930.  My copy is the 2006 Canongate … Continue reading >>

Tasting Notes: Tomatin Cù Bòcan

Tomatin has crept under the radar recently to become something of the hipster-namecheck distillery of the moment.  This unexpected turn of events is probably down to a number of factors which include the revamp of the range in 2010 (with … Continue reading >>

Classic Book Reviews: Scotch by Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart

Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart was a very interesting man.  His book, Scotch: The Whisky of Scotland in Fact and Story, appeared in 1951 when its author was in his sixties and approaching the twilight of a fascinating life. Lockhart had … Continue reading >>

Laphroaig: A Love Letter

Ode on a Laphroaig Thou still unravish’d cask of quietness, Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time, Wooden historian, who canst thus express A barley tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What smoke-tinged legend hangs above thy glass Of tarry … Continue reading >>

Classic Book Reviews: Scotch Whisky by David Daiches

David Daiches’s book Scotch Whisky: Its Past and Present, first appeared in 1969, and was popular enough that a revised edition appeared in 1976, of which my copy is the paperback. I am not sure where I picked it up – … Continue reading >>

Isle of Arran 18th Birthday Tasting

[This time we hand you over to Enrico, our shop's Japanese whisky expert and resident Italian. He really likes whisky from Arran...] We decided to host this tasting to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the Isle of Arran distillery, a … Continue reading >>