The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 – Karuizawa Nepal Charity Tasting

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It was billed as the most expensive whisky tasting ever staged, and there was an appropriately reverent, almost nervous air as people took their seats for this one-off tasting of five extremely rare Karuizawa whiskies…

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The English Whisky Company – a family affair

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In 2006, father-and-son team James and Andrew Nelstrop opened the first stand-alone single malt whisky distillery in England since the closure of Lea Valley Distillery in 1903. James had always dreamed of making whisky and…

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Diageo Special Releases 2015 – first look

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Each year, Diageo launches a small number of limited-edition whiskies from its distilleries under the Special Releases banner. None have ever been seen before, so unsurprisingly, interest (and demand) is high when they hit the…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 – Three Legends of Whisky

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‘This is a moment in history. This will never be repeated.’ A dramatic introduction from our host Dave Broom, but fully warranted. The final Masterclass of the 2015 Whisky Exchange Whisky Show featured more than…

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New from Compass Box – Flaming Heart 5th and This is not a luxury Whisky

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We like a birthday at TWE. With our 15th anniversary year drawing to a close, we’ll happily use anyone else as an excuse to continue the party, and the folks at Compass Box have stepped…

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Bond is back – with Bollinger and Belvedere

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I’m a huge James Bond fan. Ever since my mum took me to see Moonraker at the Chelmsford Odeon, I was hooked. If I’m channel-hopping at home and find a Bond film on (which is…

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The Whisky Show 2015 – The Show Bottlings

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At The Whisky Show, I have either the best or worst job in TWE’s editorial team. Rocky is king of the masterclasses, setting up, breaking down and generally keeping the ship on an even keel;…

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Amrut Whisky Tasting – single malt from India

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Something a little different for our latest TWE Vinopolis tasting – Indian single malt. It has taken time for Indian whiskies to be taken seriously by traditional whisky drinkers, but the best now stand toe-to-toe with their Scotch…

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Midleton Dair Ghaelach – Irish Virgin Oak

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Back in April, I wrote about Midleton Dair Ghaelach, a new Irish pot still whiskey finished in Irish virgin oak. That post concentrated more on the sourcing and treatment of the wood; this post is…

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Three great offers on whisky, rum and Champagne

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Each month, we choose a whisky and a spirit that we particularly like and knock a chunk off the price. Now and again, we do the same thing with Champagne. We’re nice like that. October is no exception, and…

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Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold – Life in the freezer

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I love it when people send me whisky, and a nice drop of Dalwhinnie? Great. Winter’s Gold is the latest in Diageo’s No Age Statement versions of core Classic Malts, following on from the likes…

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London Cocktail Week 2015 – whisky comes alive in the capital

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Hot on the heels of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show comes London Cocktail Week (LCW), a celebration of London’s best mixology and cool cocktails. LCW is run by our sister company, DrinkUp.London, who also organise…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show – this weekend!

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It’s that time of year again. The office is really busy, new whiskies are appearing in every corner, emails containing huge lists of things are zipping around and I’m working on a weekend – it’s…

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Port Askaig – new batches and very old drams

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We always look forward to new releases from Speciality Drinks Ltd. As a sister company of The Whisky Exchange, we hear whispers of what’s coming next and get an occasional taste, and we’ve been eagerly…

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Penderyn Competition – win a signed That Try

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Every sport has that jaw-dropping moment (inevitably with matching commentary) that stays in the memory for years to come. For football it’s Kenneth Wolstenholme and the fourth goal in the 1966 World Cup Final; there’s Michael…

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