Diageo Announces Islay Festival Bottlings 2009

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This just into my inbox: “To celebrate this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music on 23-30 May, Diageo is once again making available two special Festival editions of its Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies….

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Tasting: Old Bothwell Port Ellen 1982 Cask 2729

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You never know what you’re going to get with Port Ellen – it’s remarkable how many different styles of malt the distillery was capable of.  I’ve tried long-aged austere, lemony beauties; young bourbon casks with enough delicate complexity…

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Port Askaig: New Single Islay Malt Range

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Very exciting developments here at TWE Towers, as our sister company Speciality Drinks Ltd has launched a new range of Single Islay Malts! Here’s the press release: “The single malts of Islay are arguably Scotland’s…

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Tasting: New Laphroaig 25 yo Cask Strength

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I only got a small olfactory glimpse of this one as I had to share a sample with two fellow attendees at the Laphroaig tasting in Albannach I told you about on Monday.  Unfortunately, over-attendance at a previous…

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Tasting: New Laphroaig 18 Year Old

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a Laphroaig tasting held at Albannach (a posh whisky bar in Trafalgar Square in London).  I’m not often invited to this sort of event as…

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Bruichladdich Octomore / Ardbeg Supernova Tasting

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To be honest, peating levels shouldn’t be a competition.  “My ppm is bigger than yours” sounds pretty ridiculous however you dress it up.  This sort of thing might be construed as macho willy-waving and not…

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Tasting: Hanyu Ten of Clubs Japanese Malt

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Okay, cutting it fine to get this out on time, but I’m determined – so here we go (this might look familiar to readers of the last post): Introducing (drum roll, please) Hanyu Distillery –…

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Tasting: Hanyu Five of Spades Japanese Malt

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Okay, I know it’s not like me to blog on consecutive days (or even twice in a week , let’s face it), but I made a promise yesterday and I’m going to try and be…

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Exclusive: New Douglas Laing Provenance Packaging

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Gadzooks, has it really been so long since my last post?  Apologies, it has simply flown here at TWE towers, where I managed to take home my Supernova before doing my notes with water, then…

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Ardbeg Supernova: Tasting Notes and Pictures!

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Sorry for the delay posting this, folks – you know what it’s like when you come back to work from holiday.  It’s taken me all week just to catch up on my regular TWE stuff. …

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TWE: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year 2009

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  TWE: Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year 2009 We’ve been saying it for a long time and now we’ve got proof!  At the Drinks Retailing Awards dinner on Tuesday night (in the Dorchester, no…

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Comic Relief: Keyword Searches

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Two posts today as I’m off skiing tomorrow for the next week! Serge remarked on Whiskyfun the other day that a lot of the whisky sites seemed to be getting rather serious lately (perhaps brought on…

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Be Glenmorangie's 17th Man of Tain!

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Hello everyone, and first of all can I say a big Thank You for all your contributions to last week’s Supernova / Octomore post, which has provoked a fascinating exchange of views in the comments section. Now,…

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Ardbeg Supernova vs. Bruichladdich’s Octomore???

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First things first: a hearty hug to my good friend Dr. Whisky, who is marrying his gal K on this coming Burns Night!  Can’t wait to see you guys – but I warn you, this blogger Strips…

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Burns Supper and Whisky Tasting at Vinopolis

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Hello folks, Matt from TWE Vinopolis has asked me to give you all a quick heads up on a night of organoleptic delights occurring at Vinopolis for Burns Night. I believe the Monday is now…

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My Whisky Buying Strategy: A Rethink

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Apologies for the long delay between posts – we were so busy this Christmas that even though we had taken on several extra staff,  I was still relieved of my normal duties and spent most…

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Rumfest 2008: Photos and Report

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When it comes to spirits, we’re a broad church here at TWE: we like anything so long as it’s well-made, and one of our favourite spirits (after whisky, of course) is Rum.  We distribute a…

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Bruichladdich X4: Exclusive Picture

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An advance press release for the much-debated Bruichladdich X4 white dog – sorry, ‘Islay Spirit’ – has found its way into my inbox, so I thought I should share.  I’ve had to type it out as I…

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