Compass Box – 15 not out

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Compass Box has long been one of my favourite blenders. Founded by whiskymaker John Glaser in 2000, it has gone from strength to strength. The team has been at the forefront of innovation, and is…

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 – the winners

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Excitement builds every year about the big winners in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Last year, Jim chose Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his 2015 World Whisky of the Year, which had an astonishing effect on demand for…

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Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015 – we are the champions!

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At The Whisky Exchange, we don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but now and again it’s nice to share a little good news. Last week, we were delighted to be named E-commerce Business of…

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Augier – the Cognac house that started it all

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Continuing our brandy-focused week, we’re moving on to arguably the best-known example: Cognac. Where better to start than with the very first house, Augier? Founded in 1643 by wine merchant Philippe Augier, they were both buyers and…

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Les Grands Assemblages – Darroze’s Armagnac springboard

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After a summer of fruity cocktails and unaged spirits, autumn comes as a lead-in to a winter of rich and heavy brown drinks. To bridge the gap between the light and the dark, we’re going…

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Dalmore prize draw – win whisky worth more than £1,750!

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It’s the season of prize draws at The Whisky Exchange, and the next on the list of great whiskies to win is an impressive set from Dalmore. With legendary master blender Richard Paterson travelling the world…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 – Gone But Never Forgotten

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We conclude our round-up of this year’s Whisky Show masterclasses with Gone But Never Forgotten, a tasting of six whiskies from closed distilleries. Such tastings always attract a lot of interest, for the simple reason…

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Six of the best – win an Ardbeg collection worth £1,000!

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Islay distillery Ardbeg is one of the most popular distilleries on the island, thanks to its rich, peaty drams. It’s also gained acclaim for its cask-maturation experiments, which are always popular and have gained cult…

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November Deals of the Month – Appleton and Glenkinchie

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It’s the first week of November, which means it’s time for a new Spirit and Malt of the Month! And this time we’re going big. First up is one of the most popular well-aged rums…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015 – Generations Mortlach 75 Years Old by Gordon & MacPhail

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Gordon & MacPhail (G&M) have hit the headlines by releasing two exceptionally old and rare whiskies from Mortlach – a 70 Year Old launched at Edinburgh Castle in 2010, and a 75 Year Old that…

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Delamain – a voyage of discovery

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As the weather turns colder, my after-dinner drinks change from light, summery whiskies to brandy. One of my favourites is Delamain, known for its elegant yet complex Cognacs. We recently welcomed MD Charles Braastad to TWE…

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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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