Well-aged whisky with Balblair, Old Pulteney and AnCnoc

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For our final tasting of 2015, we welcomed Inver House Distillers to showcase some of their whiskies, focusing on an aspect of whisky that most companies are not talking about much these days: long ageing….

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Merry Christmas from The Whisky Exchange!

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Another year is almost over, and it’s been another cracker for whisky and spirit drinkers, with all sorts of wonderful things launched in 2015. As you can see from our photo, Billy and I are rather obsessed…

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The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Year 2016

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We sell thousands of spirits at The Whisky Exchange, so choosing our Spirit of the Year is a tough challenge. This is the third year we’ve given an award to our favourite spirit of the…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year 2016

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With Christmas approaching, it means it’s time to announce the Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year 2016. This now-traditional annual event moved north of the river this year to The Rooms at Browns, just round…

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Dalmore blending masterclass with Richard Paterson

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‘Hello. How are you? Quite well. Thank you very much.’ If you’ve seen Whyte & Mackay’s Richard Paterson host a tasting before, you’ll be familiar with his repertoire of catchphrases, his penchant for throwing whisky…

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Christmas Orders – Last Delivery Dates

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While we ship globally, unfortunately it takes time and Christmas is fast approaching. We’ve talked long and hard with the companies who carry our parcels all over the world, and have come up with the…

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December is here – #GoldenTicket and Advent Calendar

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It’s December, no matter how hard certain members of the TWE blog team have been trying to deny it – Rocky ‘Krampus’ Lancer, we’re looking at you – Christmas is now definitely on the way….

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Martell Cognac – ageing gracefully

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The luxurious world of Cognac was centre stage at TWE Vinopolis this week, with Martell pouring five of their best bottles. The youngest we tried was aged for between 10 and 25 years (Cordon Bleu),…

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In Their Own Words – Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master, Cognac Frapin

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Frapin is one of the most highly rated houses in the Cognac region, with a range of elegant, classy bottlings that reflect the Grande Champagne terroir where its vineyards are based. I met up with…

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Win The Last Great Malts!

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Dewar’s have a great selection of distilleries, but other than Aberfeldy, until recently they’ve been quiet about them. No longer! Starting in late 2014, they have been revamping their range under the banner of The…

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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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