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Writer, former computer programmer, long-time blogger and hat fan, Billy's been sculpting words for The Whisky Exchange since 2011. He now roams both the internet and real world, telling people about the wonders of drinks and occasionally drinking some of them.

Virtual Tastings – August 2020

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Summer’s in full swing and our virtual tasting program continues with some appropriately late-summer sessions. Summer-sipping July has been great for tastings, with everything from American whiskeys for Independence Day and oily Islay drams, to…

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Waterford – terroir and teireoir

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Ever since Waterford first spun up its mill and stepped into the world of distilling in 2017, it’s been disruptive; doing something different and challenging both the whisky industry and consumers. But now, after three…

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Virtual Tastings – July 2020

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While our shop at London Bridge is now open, we’re not quite ready to start running tastings in person yet, so our program of Virtual Tastings continues! Virtual Tastings June’s line-up of tastings has been…

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Chichibu On The Way 2019 – not long now…

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Chichibu is a distillery that’s rapidly getting a lot of attention. Sat at the front of the new wave of Japanese whisky distilleries, it also has heritage, making for a combination of old and new…

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Virtual Tastings – June 2020

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The summer is rapidly approaching and with it a need for some interesting drinks. While we’re not meeting up in person yet, our virtual tastings program is bigger and better than ever, with four more…

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Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

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The end of May is usually a time for celebration in the whisky world – it’s time for Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. A week-long celebration of Scotland’s most distillery-packed island,…

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The Glenlivet Spectra – can you solve the puzzle?

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The Glenlivet is a tricksy whisky. While the distillery is normally quite transparent about how it makes its whisky, once a year they release a bottle where they hide all the details. First Alpha, then…

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Virtual Tastings – May 2020

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It’s a new month and we’ve got a new line-up of virtual tastings to keep you learning about great drinks from the comfort of your own sofa. Mid May brings us World Whisky Day, and…

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Virtual Cognac Show

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It’s time for the third edition of The Whisky Exchange’s award-winning Cognac Show. However, there’s one major difference this year – it’s going to be online. While we’ve had to postpone the in-person Cognac Show,…

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Covid-19 Charity Auction and a new Karuizawa

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It’s time to get bidding – Whisky.Auction’s Covid-19 Charity auction ends tonight, 14 April 2020! There are loads of great lots donated by people across the drinks world, from brands to fans and everyone in…

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Virtual Tastings

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It’s a strange time. The Whisky Exchange team are almost all working from home and all of our upcoming events for the next few months have been cancelled or postponed. However, we, like many others,…

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Bring the Bar Home – support your favourite bars

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With the UK’s bars closed down, it’s a hard time for both the drinks industry and drinkers – the former is having to make hard decisions about staff and ongoing business, and the latter don’t…

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Whisky of the Year – the winner…

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It’s that time again – the announcement of our Whisky of the Year. And the winner is, drum-roll, please…

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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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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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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. Alligator Char – a US term for the highest level of charring done to a cask….

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