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The Whisky Exchange Blog Review of 2015

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New Year 2015

2015 was as busy as ever, with loads of new drinks appearing on our shelves and more customers than ever before – thank you for making it such a success. It’s now 2016, and that…

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The Whisky Exchange Vinopolis – My Memories

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Vinopolis Shop

Ten years after opening in London Bridge, our Vinopolis store closed for the last time on Christmas Eve. We will be announcing its replacement very soon in the same part of town, and in the…

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The English Whisky Company – a family affair

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English Whisky Company

In 2006, father-and-son team James and Andrew Nelstrop opened the first stand-alone single malt whisky distillery in England since the closure of Lea Valley Distillery in 1903. James had always dreamed of making whisky and…

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Penderyn Competition – win a signed That Try

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Gareth Edwards Penderyn That Try

Every sport has that jaw-dropping moment (inevitably with matching commentary) that stays in the memory for years to come. For football it’s Kenneth Wolstenholme and the fourth goal in the 1966 World Cup Final; there’s Michael…

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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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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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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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Millstone 2004 TWE Exclusive – Dutch rye is here to stay

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Millstone 2004 TWE Exclusive

Over the past year, we’ve had a nice selection of whiskies exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. We’ve had a few trips up to Scotland to wander around warehouses and sit in meeting rooms; nosing, tasting and selecting whiskies that will have our name on. However, we’ve not recently ventured outside of the UK, a situation that has now changed with our latest exclusive: Millstone 2004 Dutch Single Rye Whisky cask #667.

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Spirit of Hven – the appliance of science

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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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Paul John prize draw winner, and more competitions to come…

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Paul John Prize Draw

As mentioned on the blog previously, we’ve recently run a prize draw with our friends at Paul John: everyone who bought a bottle of Edited, Brilliance, Peated Selected Cask or the Classic Select Cask was entered…

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Mackmyra – a very Swedish style of whisky

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This year I decided to overcome the post-Whisky Show blues by visiting a distillery (and a country) that’s been on my bucket list for a few years – Sweden’s Mackmyra. ‘The founders wanted to create a whisky…

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Paul John Prize Draw – Happy Diwali! (in two weeks)

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Paul John Whisky

We like parties at TWE, and one excuse for a shindig that we we get involved with every year is Diwali – the Festival of Lights. A celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, the sky…

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Box Distillery Master Class – toasty morsels

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Box Single Malt Whisky

Some time ago, while taking a whisky cruise from Stockholm, I came across the lovely guys at Box Distillery in Sweden. On my return home, I decided to have a try of their first educational…

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The Science and Commerce of Whisky – a book review

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The Science and Commerce of Whisky

While there are numerous books about whisky, there are surprisingly few about how to make it, and even fewer about how the whisky industry itself looks at whisky as a thing to be sold. There…

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Dutch whisky and gin? Tasting the Zuidam range

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Zuidam

I’m a big fan of gin.  Some may regard pasta and milk as essential household items, but my house feels empty without a bottle or two of gin in it.  Recently I’ve been playing around…

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Enter The Dragon: St. George's Chapter 13

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English Whisky Company Chapter 13

St George’s distillery have been releasing their whiskies as Chapters for a few years now.  It’s a pleasing conceit: each release takes the story of the development of England’s first malt whisky distillery in 300…

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Mackmyra Swedish Single Malt Whisky

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Mackmyra

The story of Mackmyra, Sweden’s first whisky distillery, famously began with a ski trip in 1998, when eight friends from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology went on holiday together and all brought bottles of whisky…

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Tasting Notes: Paul John Brilliance and Edited

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Around the time of The Whisky Show last year we were rather pleased to have scored some whisky from a brand new distiller on the single malt scene – Goa’s John Distilleries, makers of Paul…

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