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Islay Festival woes – the queues

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Islay Festival Queues

This week is the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, aka Feis Ile. For eight days, the small, southern Hebridean island doubles its population with an influx of people from around the world, almost all…

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Diageo Special Releases 2018 – announced!

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The launch of the annual Diageo Special Releases is one of the big whisky events of the year. Whether you want to buy them or not, the discussion that’s generated online and the fight for…

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10 things you didn’t know about whisky

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Colin Dunn – Diageo

If there’s a Diageo Special Releases tasting, then you know that whisky ambassador Colin Dunn will be involved. For our Whisky Exchange tasting in London, as well as pouring some fantastic drams, Colin passed on…

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Whisky Stories – my first trip to Islay

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Ardbeg Distillery, Islay

All whisky drinkers have a story to share, whether it’s a visit to their favourite distillery or perhaps the day they opened a life-changing dram. We’d love to hear your whisky stories and we’ll be…

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Diageo Special Releases 2017 – the tasting notes

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Diageo Special Releases 2017

Autumn is almost here and the Diageo Special Releases 2017 are here. It’s an exciting group of whiskies this year: along with the regular Port Ellen, Brora, Caol Ila and Lagavulin, there’s also the oldest…

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Whisky casks – all you need to know

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Whisky Casks at Mackmyra

It’s agreed that whisky gets much of its flavour from the wood it’s aged in. Many different types are used, but what do they add? This was the subject of a recent shop tasting hosted by…

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Is there a fair way to sell limited-edition whiskies?

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Lagavulin 1991

When it emerged that we would be selling a special charity bottling of Lagavulin we were very excited, not only because it’s great to be involved with such a distinguished distillery, but also because all…

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What makes a great whisky tasting?

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Colin Dunn

I’ve been lucky to attend plenty of whisky tastings. The latest was a tour through the new batch of Diageo’s Special Releases hosted by whisky educator Colin Dunn – and it was superb. But as…

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Jim Murray – ‘the only criteria I look at is quality’

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Jim Murray solo

In the second part of our exclusive interview, Jim Murray explains his strict rules for choosing his World Whisky of the Year, his response to critics of the Whisky Bible, and his retirement plans. You…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – 200 Years of Lagavulin

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Lagavulin

Diageo’s Dr Nick Morgan has spoken about Lagavulin many times this year, with the distillery celebrating its 200th anniversary. But what really came through at The Whisky Show’s 200 Years of Lagavulin masterclass was how…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016 – Three Masters of Whisky

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

This year’s showpiece Whisky Show masterclass featured three contrasting figures. The first: an avuncular figure who has held every job possible in a whisky distillery. The second: an innovator, famed for his experiments with casks….

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Diageo Special Releases 2016 – First Look

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Diageo Special Releases 2016

It’s that time of year again: the Diageo Special Releases 2016 are here. Well, almost here – they’re earlier than usual this year and should be hitting The Whisky Exchange website on the evening of…

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#Lagavulin200 – celebrating a big birthday

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#Lagavulin200

‘Islay is the eighth wonder of the world’ Colin Dunn knows how to open a whisky tasting. While invoking wonder-dom for Islay may seem hyperbolic, there are some tasting line-ups that justify such comments –…

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Islay Festival whisky offers – save on your favourite drams

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Islay Festival Offers

It’s that time of year again. If you know any whisky geeks online, then Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are probably already filling up with pictures of the Scottish countryside, Calmac ferries and the Port Askaig…

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May offers of the month – Lagavulin Whisky, Chase Fruit Cup and Moet Champagne

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Of the Month offers

A new month means our latest trio of offers, and with the weather beginning to warm up, there’s a summery feel to our choices for May. Malt of the Month The Malt of the Month…

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Lagavulin 200th anniversary – new 8 Year Old whisky

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old #Lagavulin200

There aren’t many distilleries that have universal appeal. Some people adore rich, sherried whiskies; other people despise them. Some love lean, medicinal styles; others run a mile. But there is one whisky distillery that gets…

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Tasting the 2015 Diageo Special Releases

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Colin Dunn Special Releases Tasting

Our yearly tasting calendar is a varied list of events, taking in everything from whisky to spirits and liqueurs, with even an occasional foray into the world of fizzy wine – tickets to our next tasting, Growers’…

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Diageo Special Releases 2015 – first look

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Diageo Special Releases 2015

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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