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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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Rock Town Logo

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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Spirit of Hven – the appliance of science

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Henric Molin at Spirit of Hven

With all the romance of whisky, it’s easy to forget that distilleries are, in essence, factories, and production is just cold, hard science. One distillery that takes an extraordinarily scientific approach is Sweden’s Spirit of…

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Festive Malt of the Month – Port Askaig 19 Year Old

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Port Askaig

December’s Malt of the Month certainly fits the criteria – a stunning whisky that is often overlooked – Port Askaig 19 Year Old Cask Strength. Introduced by independent bottler Speciality Drinks in 2009, the range…

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Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Casks, not your average sherry cask

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Glenfarclas

The folks at Glenfarclas are best known for producing whisky of a very specific style: sherry matured. They’ve done many releases with a nod to other styles, but the core of what they do is rich…

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Kilchoman Land Rover Tour – making tracks

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Kilchoman tasting at TWE Vinopolis

It’s been more than two years since we last held a Kilchoman tasting at TWE Vinopolis, which showcased the first releases of 100% Islay and Machir Bay, along with the precursor to Loch Gorm. With…

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Ballechin 10yo – smoke not on the water

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Ballechin 10yo

The past decade has seen a huge rise in the popularity of smoky whisky. This jump is one of the main reasons why we’ve seen prices for Islay whisky shoot through the roof in recent…

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Diageo Special Releases 2014 – they're here….

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Diageo Special Releases 2014

It’s cold, it’s dark, people are starting to wear winter coats, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has appeared. There’s still one thing missing: the Diageo Special Releases. While Rocky got a pre-pre-launch tasting a few…

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New Octomore from Bruichladdich – the peatiest whisky of all time

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Port Charlotte and Octomore Islay Barley

Bruichladdich may have reduced their myriad number of bottlings in recent years, but they still know how to grab a headline or two. The progressive Hebridean distillers have just unveiled two latest additions to the…

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