Christmas Delivery Cut-off Dates 2014

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As you may have noticed, Christmas is rapidly approaching. That means that the world’s postal services start groaning at the seams and deliveries start slowing down. To make sure you get your parcel by 25…

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Spirit and Whisky of the Year 2014-15

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It’s strange how quickly something becomes a yearly tradition. It’s only the second time we’ve given our Whisky and Spirit of the Year awards, but it already feels like a festive fixture. The core idea…

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Sherry casks part two: what is a sherry cask?

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[If you missed it, here’s part one: What was a sherry cask?] These days, the vast majority of sherry casks used to mature Scotch whisky are specifically built for the whisky industry. They are still…

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The Whisky Exchange Golden Ticket giveaway – it could be you!

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‘I think,’ he said quietly, ‘I think … I’ll have just one more of those chocolate bars. The same kind as before, please.’ ‘Why not?’ the fat shopkeeper said, reaching behind him again and taking…

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Festive Malt of the Month – Port Askaig 19 Year Old

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December’s Malt of the Month certainly fits the criteria – a stunning whisky that is often overlooked – Port Askaig 19 Year Old Cask Strength. Introduced by independent bottler Speciality Drinks in 2009, the range…

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The Fine Spirits and Whisky Advent Calendar 2014

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We’ve been fighting it, but now December’s upon us, it is officially Almost Christmas. With this curious state of being comes a number of things: tinsel becomes more appropriate, Christmas songs become legitimate radio fodder, and…

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Sherry casks part one: what was a sherry cask?

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Once you start getting into whisky, one of the first things you notice is the various types of cask that the spirit is matured in. While they all have their own distinctive character, the most…

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Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Casks, not your average sherry cask

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The folks at Glenfarclas are best known for producing whisky of a very specific style: sherry matured. They’ve done many releases with a nod to other styles, but the core of what they do is rich…

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Paul John prize draw winner, and more competitions to come…

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As mentioned on the blog previously, we’ve recently run a prize draw with our friends at Paul John: everyone who bought a bottle of Edited, Brilliance, Peated Selected Cask or the Classic Select Cask was entered…

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Kilchoman Land Rover Tour – making tracks

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It’s been more than two years since we last held a Kilchoman tasting at TWE Vinopolis, which showcased the first releases of 100% Islay and Machir Bay, along with the precursor to Loch Gorm. With…

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Ballechin 10yo – smoke not on the water

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The past decade has seen a huge rise in the popularity of smoky whisky. This jump is one of the main reasons why we’ve seen prices for Islay whisky shoot through the roof in recent…

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Celebrating the spirit of a reunified Germany, 25 years on

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There are some dates that stick in the memory – Thursday 9 November 1989 is one of them. The day east met west, the day the Berlin Wall fell. Today marks the 25th anniversary since…

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