Star of Bombay Gin – Sapphire and Steel

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Gin is far from a simple beast. As a whisky geek, I looked down on white spirits for many years until I started looking into how they are actually made. Making a distilled gin –…

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Father’s Day deals at The Whisky Exchange

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Father’s Day is just over a week away on Sunday 21 June, and it’s one of our busiest times of the year – you all seem to like buying drinks as presents for your dads. As…

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World Gin Day 2015

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It’s that time of year: World Gin Day is rapidly approaching – Saturday 13 June. Yet again I’m using it as an excuse to tell you about some of the weird and wonderful new gins…

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Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 4 – a sherry bomb!

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Glendronach’s no-age-statement Cask Strength series has reached its fourth bottling, again aged in sherry casks, a combination of oloroso and sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez. Glendronach has traditionally used sherry casks to age its whisky, and…

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Jack Daniel’s Honey

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Now, stick with me – this is going to sound a bit weird: I like Jack Daniel’s Honey. That’s not the sort of admission you’d expect a whisky geek to make, but after extensive sampling…

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HKB Hong-Kong Baijiu – where east meets west

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Every country has its national spirit. Some are better known: the Caribbean has rum, England has gin, and Poland and Russia have vodka; others are lesser known: Unicum in Hungary and soju in Korea. China’s is baijiu. The world’s…

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anCnoc 18 Year Old and 1975 – Modern Tradition

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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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Casamigos Tequila – a smooth performance from Clooney

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George Clooney is now very much the country gent, following his marriage to a British barrister and recent house-hunting expedition in the English countryside. But when it comes to drinking, he hasn’t quite acquired a…

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Malt of the Month – Bruichladdich Scottish Barley

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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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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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Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition – staying local

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It’s the youngest distillery on Islay, but Kilchoman’s history has now reached double figures. Established in 2005, the distillery has made its mark on the island by keeping things local – and with Rémy Cointreau…

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Ardbeg Perpetuum – celebrating 200 years

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Ardbeg Day approaches. The final day of the Islay Festival, it’s become the biggest celebration of the week thanks to the distillery’s unique approach: don’t only have a party on the island. This year is…

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Laphroaig – a significant birthday

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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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Jim McEwan – a well-earned retirement

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The opening weekend of the Islay Festival isn’t normally a time for sadness, but yesterday saw the end of an era: Jim McEwan hosted his final warehouse tasting at Bruichladdich. While we don’t expect Jim to…

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Islay Feis Ile 2015 – save on your favourite whiskies

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The end of May is a landmark in the whisky calendar – the Islay Festival, or Feis Ile, to give it its proper name. The whole island is involved, and even neighbouring Jura gets in on…

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