In Their Own Words – Colin Dunn, Whisky Ambassador, Diageo

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Colin Dunn has done more than most to get people switched on to whisky. After a spell with Suntory, he moved to Diageo in 2008, educating drinkers about the delights of the company’s numerous single…

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Happy Glenfarclas 105 Day!

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Happy Glenfarclas 105 Day everyone! Now, while this may not be the most well-known of whisky-related holidays – those honours go to World Whisky Day and International Whisk(e)y Day – the 105th day of the…

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Oban Little Bay – win a trip to Scotland!

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Oban was one of the first whisky distilleries I visited; it was more than a decade ago, but I remember it well. Situated on Scotland’s west coast in the heart of the Highland town of the…

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Highland Park 1999 – exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

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Finding good whisky is difficult. I don’t mean on the shelves – despite loud online debates to the contrary, there has never been such a range of different, great-tasting drams available – but finding a…

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The rise of British spirits

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Spirit production in Britain has come a long way in the past decade. Previously just a bastion of whisky and gin, today you’ll find aperitifs, cider brandy and even marc made on the island. Founded in…

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April offers of the month – Royal Brackla, Bacardi and Gusbourne

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It’s time for April’s drinks of the month! We have the usual malt and spirit offers, and new for this month: sparkling wine. The Malt of the Month is Royal Brackla 16 Year Old. Launched…

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All whiskies to carry age statements by 2017 – exclusive

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The Whisky Exchange has learned of a startling development that could turn the whisky industry on its head – within 12 months, every spirit produced in the EU will need to declare its age on the label….

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Elements of Islay: Peat – what lies beneath

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Peat has always been a divisive subject among whisky drinkers. For every individual who craves that salty, smoky hit that peaty whisky provides, there’ll be another who shies away and heads for a gentler, fruitier…

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Linie Aquavit – around the world in 180 days

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I’ve had a fascination with aquavit for a long time. Admittedly, I’m a fan of caraway-flavoured spirits in general, as explored in my kummel post. Last month I took a trip to Norway to visit…

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Laphroaig Lore – peaty knowledge

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With a year of 200th birthday celebrations behind them, you’d think that the folks at Laphroaig might want to have a rest. That’s not their style, and they have kicked off 2016 with a new ongoing…

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World Whiskies Awards 2016 – who won?

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Today is the start of Whisky Live London (tickets still available here) and that means that last night marked the announcement of the winners of the World Whiskies Awards 2016. I’ve been a judge for…

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Poteen – the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day

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Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, and while I will inevitably drink a pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson, I try to spend the day looking at another side of Irish drinks. Last year…

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Plantation Rum – showcasing the blenders’ art

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After a whisky-heavy beginning to our tastings calendar, we jumped away from Scotland for something more exotic – Plantation Rum. We were joined for the evening by founder and master blender Alexandre Gabriel, who brought…

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Corsair – southern style

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‘If it has been done before, we are not interested in doing it.’ An apt motto when you learn that it comes from Corsair, the US-based distiller that has turned more than a few heads…

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Elements of Islay – the peat generation

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Our fortnightly London tastings follow a theme, often a single type of spirit or a range of products from one brand. Sometimes it coincides with the launch of a new product, as was the case…

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