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Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar

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Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar

We’ve been quietly cooking something up for the last few months and today we can reveal our work to the world – The Whisky Exchange Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar. It’s a fairly simple…

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Girvan Patent Still

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Girvan Distillery

Single Grain Scotch Whisky (as defined by our SWA overlords) has long had an ambiguous existence in the global whisky industry. Produced primarily to supply the overwhelming demand for Blended Scotch Whisky, it rarely sees…

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Caol Ila Masterclass with Colin Dunn

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Colin Dunn at The Whisky Exchange Vinopolis

Monday 11th November saw the eagerly anticipated return to Vinopolis of Colin Dunn, Diageo Whisky Ambassador and recently deserved inductee into the Keepers of the Quaich. Star of such classic tastings as “Barley and the…

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014

Another year, another burst of whisky-related discussion and outrage on the internets – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2014 is out. Over 4500 whiskies, along with Jim’s tasting notes and scores, packed into one pocket sized…

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Diageo Special Releases 2013

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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…

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The Latest from the Elements of Islay

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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…

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Highland Park Toast 40 Years of Linn

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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…

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TWE Whisky Show 2013: The Report

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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…

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Whisky Show Bottlings, and a trip to Signatory

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Signatory whisky

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…

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Compass Box of Delilah-ights

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Compass Box Delilah's

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…

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Classic Book Reviews: Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald

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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…

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Tasting Notes: Tomatin Cù Bòcan

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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…

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Classic Book Reviews: Scotch by Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart

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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…

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Laphroaig: A Love Letter

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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…

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Classic Book Reviews: Scotch Whisky by David Daiches

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Scotch Whisky - 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…

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