Classic Book Reviews: Whisky by Aeneas MacDonald

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Today’s review is of one of the most important, most-revered books about whisky ever written, Whisky by Aeneas Macdonald, which was first published in an edition of 1600 copies by Porpoise Press in 1930.  My…

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Tasting Notes: Tomatin Cù Bòcan

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Tomatin has crept under the radar recently to become something of the hipster-namecheck distillery of the moment.  This unexpected turn of events is probably down to a number of factors which include the revamp of…

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Enter The Dragon: St. George's Chapter 13

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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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Glenfarclas 1953 Queen's Coronation Decanter

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It’s difficult to believe that Her Maj has been sixty years on the throne.  But on 2nd June 1953, Elizabeth Windsor was crowned Sovereign of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth territories in Westminster Abbey. A…

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Classic Book Reviews: Scotch by Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart

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Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart was a very interesting man.  His book, Scotch: The Whisky of Scotland in Fact and Story, appeared in 1951 when its author was in his sixties and approaching the twilight of…

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Final Whisky Show 2013 Masterclass Announced

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This year’s Whisky Show is rather a lot busier than in previous years. We’ve got more ‘stuff’ going on each day than ever before, with complete details appearing on the website next week, and an…

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Chase Vodka Tasting at TWE Vinopolis

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From time to time we seem to veer a little away from whisky at TWE HQ and this has definitely been one of those fortnights. Along with our TWE Guide To Vodka that went up…

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Lagavulin Presents Islay Jazz in London!

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As you may already be aware, each year since 1999 there has been a festival of jazz in Islay.  This is not to be confused with the annual Feis Ile, aka the Islay Festival of Music…

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Vodka and Grain Whisky: Continuous Distillation

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A week or two ago I was writing the text for our shiny (and, of course, fascinating) new TWE Guide to Vodka, and while trying to explain the process of continuous distillation I went into too much…

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Classic Book Reviews: Whisky Tales by Charles MacLean

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First published in 2006, Charles MacLean’s Whisky Tales is an expanded version of his hugely popular MacLean’s Miscellany of Whisky, which had first appeared two years earlier and is today more widely disseminated and easier…

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Tasting Notes: Glen Garioch Virgin Oak

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While Bowmore and Auchentoshan have had some attention from the new (well, newish – she joined them towards the end of 2011) Morrison Bowmore Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, the folks at Glen Garioch have been a little…

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Laphroaig: A Love Letter

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Ode on a Laphroaig Thou still unravish’d cask of quietness, Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time, Wooden historian, who canst thus express A barley tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What smoke-tinged legend hangs…

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Classic Book Reviews: Scotch Whisky by David Daiches

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David Daiches’s book Scotch Whisky: Its Past and Present, first appeared in 1969, and was popular enough that a revised edition appeared in 1976, of which my copy is the paperback. I am not sure where…

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What's in a Nose? An Exploration of the Olfactory Epithelium

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At the excellent Auchentoshan Taste Experiments show I went to a week or two ago, I had a minor revelation during Rachel Barrie’s chat about how chemistry affects the DNA of whisky. It occurred when…

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Isle of Arran 18th Birthday Tasting

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[This time we hand you over to Enrico, our shop’s Japanese whisky expert and resident Italian. He really likes whisky from Arran…] We decided to host this tasting to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the…

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