Last Vatted Malt: Compass Box Get Reactionary

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Dateline: 22nd November 2011.  Time: 11.59pm. Venue: A secret location in London.  There’s going to be a raucous party this evening – a sort of ‘pre-wake’, if you will (don’t worry, all will become clear).  A fancy…

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Balvenie's Batch 2s – Tun 1401 and 40 year old

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The folks at Balvenie like keeping busy. After a summer of random events they’ve hunkered down as we approach the end of the year and have done that which we know them for most –…

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible Awards 2012

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Close on the heels of the Diageo Special Releases (no, we don’t have any Port Ellen left) came the surprise announcement of the winners of this years awards in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. The big one…

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Diageo Special Releases 2011

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There are some things that are constant in this world – death, taxes, the revival of Big Brother for yet another year despite no-one admitting to watching it, my inability to write one word where…

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Tasting some Glendronach at TWE Vinopolis

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Despite the Whisky Show taking up much of our time at TWE over the last few months, we still found time to organise our regular tastings down at our Vinopolis shop. One of the perks…

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London Cocktail Week and Rumfest 2011

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show may be over for another year, but this week is far from done. We were honoured to be the opening event of this year’s London Cocktail Week, running through this…

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Tasting Notes: Redbreast 12yo Cask Strength

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A ripple of excitement went through the whiskey world last week when it was revealed that Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers Ltd, owners of the Midleton complex, were launching a cask strength version of arguably the…

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Pure Festival

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There’s a new entry to the whisky festival calendar this year, courtesy of the chaps at Connosr and some of their musical chums – The Pure Festival. It’s a twist on the regular whisky festival…

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Tasting the Tomatin range with Douglas Campbell

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This week we welcome back TWE Vinopolis’s Duncan Ross to tell us about one of our recent tasting events. Take it away Duncan… As you travel north from Perth on the winding A9 you will…

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TWE Whisky Show News – Shackleton Tasting and Show Bottlings

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Another week and some more news from The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show… First up is that our last masterclass is now on sale. Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson will stop throwing…

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An Autumn of Bourbon…

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Autumn is a special time of year in the world of American whiskey. With the hot summer done, the distilleries knuckle down and push their various special releases for the year out of the door….

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Cocktails at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

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As we get closer to our marvellous TWE Whisky Show (which is scarily only five weeks away) there will be a lot more information appearing about the things that we’re going to be doing, as…

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Port Askaig Harbour 19 Year Old

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It’s with great regret that we must announce that the Port Askaig 17 year-old – Speciality Drinks’ superb mystery single Islay malt which became the whisky version of a soundtrack [a tastetrack? – Ed.] to TWEBlog &…

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A trip to Knockdhu

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[This is Part 4 of Billy’s trip around the Inver House distilleries.  If you haven’t already, you should check out his scribblings from Balblair, Pulteney and Speyburn] After leaving Speyburn we hacked back over to…

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A trip to Speyburn

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[This is the third instalment of Billy’s trip around the Inver House distilleries.  If you haven’t already, check out his visits to Balblair and Pulteney] The next stop on our tour of the Inver House distilleries…

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