Smögen Whisky and Strane Gin – (Swedish) west coast style

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The expansion of whisk(e)y production continues apace. With more than 500 distilleries now operational in the US, and many Old World distillers expanding their ranges to include grain spirit, the future is awash with whisky. One…

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Malt of the Month – Bushmills 1608

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For drinks fans, March has three big days: Mother’s Day: a time for buying your mum something tasty St Patrick’s Day: a time for focusing on tasty things from the Emerald Isle my birthday: a…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 – tickets on sale now

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Tickets for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 are now on sale! For those who don’t need to know any more than that, just click on the image below to head to the ticket page. I’ll…

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Talisker Skye – soft, strong and quite long

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Talisker is known for its rugged whisky. Salty, smoky and definitely coastal, mirroring the nature of the Isle of Skye and fairly uncompromising in style. However, the latest new entry into their stable looks at a different side of the distillery’s character: its softer and more approachable nature. Introducing Talisker Skye.

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Highland Park Odin – Norse code

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The final addition to Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection – Odin – is here, following in the footsteps of Thor, Loki and Freya . Also known as ‘The Furious One’, Odin, we are told, is the…

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London Beer Week approaches…

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Following on from the success of London Wine and Cocktail Weeks, our friends at Drink Up London have a new week of celebration on the cards: London Beer Week. It kicks off on 16 February,…

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Glenmorangie Tusail – a Maris made in heaven

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Life is tough for Bill Lumsden. Every year, it’s his job to dream up new expressions of whisky. New Ardbegs, to keep the peat heads happy, and new Glenmorangies, which have featured a bewildering array…

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Millstone 2004 TWE Exclusive – Dutch rye is here to stay

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Over the past year, we’ve had a nice selection of whiskies exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. We’ve had a few trips up to Scotland to wander around warehouses and sit in meeting rooms; nosing, tasting and selecting whiskies that will have our name on. However, we’ve not recently ventured outside of the UK, a situation that has now changed with our latest exclusive: Millstone 2004 Dutch Single Rye Whisky cask #667.

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Malt of the Month – Cardhu 18 Year Old

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They’re big whisky drinkers in Spain, and while blends such as Ballantine’s and Johnnie Walker are the top sellers, one single malt has a huge following, too: Cardhu. Head into any half-decent bar, and it’s…

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In Their Own Words – Georgie Bell, luxury malts ambassador, Mortlach

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After wowing the Edinburgh bar scene with her mixology skills, then educating whisky fans at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Georgie Bell is now on a mission to get people drinking Mortlach single malt. We…

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Teeling Single Malt – the spirit returns to Dublin

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Since The Teeling Whiskey Company started releasing bottlings in early 2013, they’ve been gradually building up their range. Starting with their rum-finished Teeling Small Batch blend and Poitin, they moved on to the Cabernet-Sauvignon-finished Single…

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Burns Night – time to get your bard on

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The end of January heralds the first big date in the Scotch whisky calendar, 25 January. The birthday of and traditional day for the celebration of the life of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns.

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Tiffon Cognac – fjord of dreams

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While many spirits have started to focus on smaller producers, there’s one area that is still very much focused on the giants: Cognac. In November last year, looking for something different, we visited one of the…

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New Karuizawa 1981 and Hanyu 2000

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Ever since we previewed it at The Whisky Show in October, we’ve been receiving questions about the Karuizawa that was on our Japanese whisky stand. The wait is now over and we can announce both…

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Kirsty Wark – 'my memories of whisky are from a very early age'

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We caught up with Newsnight presenter and author Kirsty Wark to discuss her love of Scotch whisky, what she likes to drink, and how she drinks it.

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