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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.

Gin: How to drink it

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With the rise of gin has come something a little less expected: a whole host of new ways to drink it. Well, I say new, but folks were drinking gin well before tonic water was…

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Nine Irish distillers you should know

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The past few years have seen lots of new Irish whiskies hit the market. Thanks to the increase in popularity and the success of the new releases, there are now as many as 50 distilleries…

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What is Irish Whiskey?

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Over the past decade, Irish whiskey has become huge. A drink with a long history, its popularity declined through the 20th century but it is now having a renaissance. Not only can you find it…

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What is St Patrick’s Day?

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St Patrick’s Day approaches – 17 March. It’s a day of celebration, but what is it actually celebrating? We’ve written about St Patrick’s Day for years here on The Whisky Exchange Blog, with tales of…

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Ardbeg 25 Director’s Special – Whisky Show: Old & Rare bottling

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This weekend sees the return of Whisky Show: Old & Rare to the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. As usual, there’ll be stacks of excellent whiskies to try, from interesting old blends to ancient American…

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Rosebank – a short history

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The closing of Rosebank has increasingly been recognised as one of the biggest losses in Scotland’s whisky history. However, thanks to the current huge growth in Scotch whisky, a new chapter for the cult, closed…

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Glenmorangie Allta – Private Edition No.10

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Modern Scotch whisky is at an interesting point. Whisky makers are torn between two poles of thought – tradition and innovation – with regulations governing both pushing them to choose their paths carefully. When it…

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Speyside 1973 – old-fashioned fruity whisky

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The last year has been a very busy one for The Whisky Exchange when it comes to exclusive bottlings. We’ve put out more than 30 exclusive whiskies and a rum, with many more to come…

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Old & Rare Whisky – Where do I start?

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Since its very beginnings, The Whisky Exchange has had a focus that sets us apart from other whisky shops: we love old and rare whisky. Co-founder Sukhinder started as a collector of old bottles and…

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Kavalan Vinho Single Cask – exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

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We’re kicking off the new year with a brand-new exclusive release – please welcome our Kavalan Vinho single cask, freshly arrived from Taiwan. Kavalan – Taiwanese Malt If you’ve been reading the blog for a…

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Dry January – keep things interesting

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January is a time of hibernation and restoration, a month to lay the foundations of the year. And, perhaps, to also recover from the excesses of the festive period. It’s time for Dry January. The…

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The Perfect Burns Night Dinner – Guid Auld Scotch Drink

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At the end of the month is one of the biggest dates in the Scottish calendar. When it comes to excuses for a party, at least. Less than a month after Hogmanay and it’s time…

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Tryanuary – explore something new this January

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It’s 2019, day 4. Realisation has hit that the past couple of weeks have seen some indulgence. The temptation to succumb to dry January is strong, but we have another suggestion: Tryanuary. When it comes…

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The Whisky Exchange Blog Review of 2018

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Happy new year everyone. With a simple transition from Monday to Tuesday, the falling ball of fate has been triggered and it’s time for the yearly TWE Blog round-up of the year. A Good Year…

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Rosebank: The Roses Edition III – Jealousy

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For the past few years, there’s one annual whisky release that we’ve received more questions about than any other. It’s not the Port Ellen from the Diageo Special Releases or even the Glenmorangie Private Edition…

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New Gordon & MacPhail whiskies – exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

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December has arrived, and with it a new pair of whiskies exclusively available at The Whisky Exchange. Bottled for us by Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range, we’re proud to introduce…

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Black Friday Whisky 2018 Edition

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Black Friday is upon us again. When we decided to join in with the festivities of the day a few years back, we decided we’d make things simple: offer a single great whisky at a…

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Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Select – exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

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American whiskey is on the up. While Irish whiskey may be the fastest growing in the world, the USA is gaining ground as the connoisseurs choice. Whiskeys like the Van Winkle range are snapped up…

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