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Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d – I call that a bargain

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Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d

A lot of distilleries talk about their history, but there are few still in operation who can point to generations of family ownership. One of the best known distilling families in that exclusive club are…

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New Signatory TWE exclusive whiskies – a sherried trio

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TWE Signatory Exclusives

Over the past few years we’ve been working closely with some of the world’s best independent bottlers to release whiskies exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. We’ve produced a range of great bottlings, but we’ve returned…

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Highland Park Competition – win a bottle of Orcadian Vintage 1976

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Highland Park Competition

With summer in the air here at TWE HQ, we think it’s time for a new competition. We’re big Highland Park fans and we’ve got a very special bottle to give away: Highland Park 1976…

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Ledaig Dusgadh 42 – still life

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Ledaig

Every so often, a truly historic bottling comes along. One recent release that deserves that accolade is Ledaig Dùsgadh 42 Year Old. The Isle of Mull’s sole distillery was reopened under the Ledaig name in…

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Octomore 07.1 – smoke and mirrors

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Octomore 7.1

If you’ve met Bruichladdich’s Jim McEwan, or even heard tales of him, then you’ll know that he’s not a man to do things by halves. His final Islay Festival tasting at the end of last…

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The Glen Els – whisky from the Harz of Germany

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Glen Els

Whisky has long been a favourite drink in Germany, but it took until 2002 for the first native single malt to be released. At that point there were only three distilleries producing whisky (today there…

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anCnoc 18 Year Old and 1975 – Modern Tradition

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anCnoc

Knockdhu is a strangely anachronistic distillery. Founded in 1894, at the time it was a thoroughly modern facility, with a steam engine, railway sidings, and all mod cons. However, not much has changed since then,…

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Malt of the Month – Bruichladdich Scottish Barley

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Bruichladdich

The Whisky Exchange’s Malt of the Month for June is Bruichladdich Scottish Barley (also known as The Classic Laddie but different to Laddie Classic) – we’re offering £4 off for the whole of the month. Sitting on…

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Elements of Islay – give me five!

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Elements of Islay

To conclude our Islay-themed week, we’re delighted to announce that the next batch of bottlings from Speciality Drinks Ltd’s Elements of Islay series will be available next month. The spring 2015 releases number five, including a…

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Laphroaig – a significant birthday

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Laphroaig

This year’s Islay Festival is one of anniversaries and milestones. Along with Kilchoman’s 10th birthday and Jim McEwan’s retirement there are a pair of big-number celebrations: the 200th anniversaries of the founding of both Ardbeg…

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Zuidam Distillers – making world-class rye

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Zuidam Millstone Rye

Last year, I received half-a-dozen samples of Dutch rye whisky. They varied considerably, in terms of cask type, age and number of distillations, but what they all had in common was the amazing amount of…

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Malt of the Month – Single Malts of Scotland Aberlour 1990

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Aberlour 1990 Single Malts of Scotland

Such has been the success of their A’Bunadh bottlings, you could be forgiven for thinking that all Aberlour whiskies are big and sherried. While the distillery’s spirit is on the heavier side for Speyside, there are bottlings…

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Bruichladdich Masterclass – the first stop on Jim McEwan’s farewell tour

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Jim McEwan

There are few people who have been more influential in modern whisky than Jim McEwan. From managing Bowmore to restarting Bruichladdich, he has helped build a legion of dedicated fans. But, after more than five decades…

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Caol Ila 2002 – Gordon & MacPhail TWE Exclusive

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Caol Ila 2002 Gordon and MacPhail Whisky Exchange Exclusive

One of the favourite jobs at Whisky Exchange HQ is choosing whisky to become a TWE exclusive. Whether it’s from our own stocks of maturing casks or someone else’s stash, the opportunity to decide that a…

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Laphroaig 15 Year Old – let the celebrations begin

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Laphroaig 15 Year Old

If you’ve looked at a bottle of Laphroaig over the past few years, then you probably know why 2015 is a big year for the distillery – founded in 1815, as they proudly state on their labels,…

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