Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 – the winners

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With its usual lack of fanfare (followed by a lot of internet-based raging), the latest edition of ‘The World’s Leading Whisky Guide’ has landed – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020.

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Diageo Special Releases 2019

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Announced back in July, the Diageo Special Releases 2019 have now been unveiled. The yearly range is a fixture of the whisky calendar, and the past few years have seen a number of changes. Find…

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Novelty Bottles – Cask Finishes Edition

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Casks, amirite? Some of them are familiar, some of them are less so – all of them have an irrevocable (or irreparable, depending on where you’re sitting) effect on the spirit matured within them. In…

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Whisky Show 2019 bottlings – The Magic of the Cask

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Whisky Show 2019 is this weekend! Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September will see London’s Old Billingsgate transformed into our biggest whisky festival yet, with over 950 whiskies, rums and more to try. My stand…

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Ardbeg 1976 Manager’s Choice – buy it for its 1999 price

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Continuing our 20th anniversary celebrations, we’re selling a fabled bottle of whisky for its original 1999 price – a whisky selling for £7,500 in 2019 for just £99. There’s just one catch: we’ve only got…

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What type of whisky cask are you?

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The theme of  Whisky Show 2019 is The Journey of the Cask – a journey which begins prior to, then runs parallel to, the journey of whisky itself. To help you get excited about casks…

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Casks – a glossary of terms

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There are lots of technical terms bandied around when talking about casks. This list will demystify some of them. Amburana – a South American hardwood, occasionally used for maturing cachaça and very occasionally for maturing…

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How are casks made?

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The concept of the wooden cask hasn’t changed much since it first came into being, but the practice of making it has gradually been refined over the past few millennia. That’s not to say there…

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Understanding Cask Sizes

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How big is a barrel? Or a hogshead, or a butt? Casks play a big part in the making of some of the most famous wines and spirits in the world, but navigating what they…

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Acorn to Oak Tree: How wood affects your whisky

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In honour of this year’s Whisky Show and its theme – The Journey of the Cask – we’ve put together a brief rundown of the various types of wood used in whisky maturation, and what…

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year – nominations are open

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It may be sweltering outside, but it’s time for us to start the process for an annual winter event – the unveiling of The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year!

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Roll out the barrel: a brief history of casks

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We take casks for granted. In fact, we take all waterproof containers for granted. I think it’s fair to say that in all of human history it’s never been so easy to transport liquids, from…

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Isle of Arran – Lagg Distillery

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Since it first opened in 1995 the Arran Distilling Co has operated out of its distillery in Lochranza, on the northern coast of the Isle of Arran off Scotland’s south-west coast. As the distillery slowly…

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20th anniversary 20 iconic bottles giveaway

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Our 20th anniversary celebrations continue! Along with a host of exclusive birthday bottlings – with more to come through the year – we’re also looking back over the past 20 years and giving away 20…

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Diageo Special Releases 2019 – announced!

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After 2018’s super-early April announcement of Diageo’s annual Special Releases collection surprised everyone, we’ve been wondering what they were up to this year. The radio silence has now been broken, and the first tidbits of…

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Long drinks for long days – summer serves

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It’s hot. Like, really hot. And not only in all the places that normally complain about it being hot, but also here in merry England. With the longest day of the year now behind us,…

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Mojitos for National Mojito Day

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In the big register of national drink days there are some that fall at strange times of year, but National Mojito Day (today – 11 July) is right on the money: the days are hot…

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20th Anniversary Signatory Exclusives – Happy Birthday to Us!

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In April 1999, a single click of a mouse kicked off a new venture for Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh – they registered thewhiskyexchange.com. Now, twenty years later, we’re the world’s largest online specialist spirits retailer…

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