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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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Hedonism Quindecimus – Happy 15th Birthday, Compass Box!

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Hedonism Quindecimus

The Whisky Exchange and boutique whisky blender Compass Box have a few things in common: we started out from one person’s idea, we’re based in west London and we have fewer employees than most people assume….

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Malt of the Month – Mortlach Rare Old

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Mortlach Rare Old

The launch of the new Mortlach range has been slow-burning. The new whiskies were first announced early in 2014 and finally hit the market in the summer. Since then, they have been rolling out across…

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Rocky does Rock Town

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Arkansas isn’t the first state one thinks of for whisky production: half of its counties are ‘dry’, which prohibits the sale of alcohol; it’s illegal to drink in a public place or private car (even…

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Smögen Whisky and Strane Gin – (Swedish) west coast style

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Smogen whisky and Strane gin

The expansion of whisk(e)y production continues apace. With more than 500 distilleries now operational in the US, and many Old World distillers expanding their ranges to include grain spirit, the future is awash with whisky. One…

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Malt of the Month – Bushmills 1608

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Bushmills 1608

For drinks fans, March has three big days: Mother’s Day: a time for buying your mum something tasty St Patrick’s Day: a time for focusing on tasty things from the Emerald Isle my birthday: a…

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Glenmorangie Tusail – a Maris made in heaven

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Glenmorangie logo

Life is tough for Bill Lumsden. Every year, it’s his job to dream up new expressions of whisky. New Ardbegs, to keep the peat heads happy, and new Glenmorangies, which have featured a bewildering array…

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New Karuizawa 1981 and Hanyu 2000

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Karuizawa 1981 - Hanyu 2000 #921

Ever since we previewed it at The Whisky Show in October, we’ve been receiving questions about the Karuizawa that was on our Japanese whisky stand. The wait is now over and we can announce both…

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Balvenie – #24×24

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Balvenie

It’s scary how many product launches happen around the festive season. Even though we expect to see lots of new bottlings appearing ready for the Christmas rush, this year has seen a surprisingly large number….

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