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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Diageo Special Releases 2014 – they're here….

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It’s cold, it’s dark, people are starting to wear winter coats, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has appeared. There’s still one thing missing: the Diageo Special Releases. While Rocky got a pre-pre-launch tasting a few…

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New Octomore from Bruichladdich – the peatiest whisky of all time

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Bruichladdich may have reduced their myriad number of bottlings in recent years, but they still know how to grab a headline or two. The progressive Hebridean distillers have just unveiled two latest additions to the…

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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015 – The Winners

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Update: If you want to see all of the winners in stock then head to our Whisky Bible 2015 page. The latest edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has hit the shelves, and in usual fashion, his…

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Mackmyra – a very Swedish style of whisky

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This year I decided to overcome the post-Whisky Show blues by visiting a distillery (and a country) that’s been on my bucket list for a few years – Sweden’s Mackmyra. ‘The founders wanted to create a whisky…

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Delamain Cognac – small but perfectly formed

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The Cognac world is dominated by four houses – Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell and Rémy Martin, who control 85% of the industry between them – but for the latest Whisky Exchange tasting at Vinopolis, the focus…

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