Top 10 Halloween treats – no tricks!

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The appeal of Halloween fades every year for 20- and 30-somethings when they catch a glimpse of themselves in a shop window dressed as Dracula before hopping onto the tube at 6pm. We appreciate that…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Bowmore: From One Master To Another

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If you made a list of the all the Scotch whiskies to try before you die, it’s a fair bet that Black Bowmore would be on it. And for those in The Whisky Show’s 2016 Bowmore…

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Armagnac – the original craft spirit

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Poor old Armagnac. It’s frequently in the shadows of its blingier cousin, Cognac, which outsells it by 15 bottles to one, even though Armagnac has a longer history. It’s a fabulous spirit, loaded with character,…

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 – the winners

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Jim Murray knows how to surprise. Two years ago, he named Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his World Whisky of the Year, while last year saw that honour go to Canada, with Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye taking…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – 200 Years of Lagavulin

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Diageo’s Dr Nick Morgan has spoken about Lagavulin many times this year, with the distillery celebrating its 200th anniversary. But what really came through at The Whisky Show’s 200 Years of Lagavulin masterclass was how…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Three Masters of Whisky

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This year’s showpiece Whisky Show masterclass featured three contrasting figures. The first: an avuncular figure who has held every job possible in a whisky distillery. The second: an innovator, famed for his experiments with casks….

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The 10 Best Cognac and Armagnac Cocktails

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Cognac and Armagnac are the most revered brandies in the world, famed for their elegance and luxury. They both hail from south-west France, and each has a slightly different distilling method, yet both carry sweet,…

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Five things not to miss at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

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We’re busy at Whisky Exchange HQ. Not only are we getting ready for a busy final three months of the year, but tomorrow marks our annual Whisky Show – two days with some of the best…

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Glenrothes – golden years

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Speyside distillery Glenrothes bucks the trend by releasing its whiskies by vintage rather than with an age statement. Since 2010 it has been under the sole ownership of wine merchant (and independent bottler) Berry Brothers & Rudd. We welcomed…

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Aperitivo cocktails – Italian style, British flair

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Rejoice, for the aperitivo has made it safely to Britain’s shores. There are few drinks with such iconic style as the aperitivo, marked as distinct for its use of Italian bitter liqueurs, and often mixed…

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Diageo Special Releases 2016 – First Look

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It’s that time of year again: the Diageo Special Releases 2016 are here. Well, almost here – they’re earlier than usual this year and should be hitting The Whisky Exchange website on the evening of…

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Mountain spirit – the best drinks to enjoy in the Scottish Highlands

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Whether it is to heat up in the middle of a storm, celebrate summiting a peak or having a well-earned nightcap, a carefully chosen spirit can elevate a weekend in the Scottish Highlands. Here are four…

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Adventurous wines – try something new

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Before I started writing about whisky, I wrote about wine. It’s still one of my favourite things, and no matter how many whisky dinners I attend, for me, wine is the best thing to pair…

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20 independent whisky bottlers you need to know

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As soon as you look beyond the whiskies released by distilleries, there’s a whole new world out there – the world of independent bottlers. Distilleries don’t own every cask of whisky hidden in the warehouses of Scotland….

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The best BBQ drinks – do try this at home

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Summer is finally drawing to a close. We’re about to hit September and the start of autumn, but we’ve got one final weekend of sun ahead of us, and thanks to the bank holiday, it’s…

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Everything you need to know about Indian whisky

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Indian whisky is big. Eight of the top 10 best-selling whisky brands in 2015 were made in India, with only Johnnie Walker and Jack Daniel’s preventing a whitewash. Want to know more? Here’s our handy…

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In Their Own Words – Tom Kitchin

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Tom Kitchin is owner of award-winning restaurant The Kitchin, in Leith, Scotland and The Scran & Scallie gastropub in Edinburgh. He was awarded his first Michelin star aged just 29, and has worked with some of the world’s…

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Celebrity spirits – pet project or moneymaker?

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George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Mila Kunis and even Danny DeVito. Are stars attracted to spirit brands because they believe in the product, or just the money? Early in the film Lost in Translation, Bill Murray’s character,…

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