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Billy
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.

Black Friday Whisky 2022

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It’s Black Friday, yet again. The strange, American-exported shopping holiday, packed with deals and occasional scrums in department stores. We’re not fans of fighting over whisky, so have again – for a 6th year –…

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Whisky 101 – Part Two: whisk(e)y around the world

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Continuing our series of posts looking at whisky making, terminology and style, it’s time to go global. Whisky is made around the world, but it’s a bit different wherever you find a distillery. In this…

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Whisky 101 – Part one: a beginner’s guide

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The world of whisky is wide and can be confusing. Here’s a short guide to help you interpret what’s on a label and make sure you are picking up the right bottle.

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Diageo Special Releases 2022 – Elusive Expressions

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It’s that time of year again: Whisky Show is days away, the year-end acceleration of new whisky releases is upon us and I’m already pining for a holiday. All of this means that that we…

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The Glenturret – more than just a distillery

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We’re currently running a competition to win a fantastic trip to visit Glenturret, so I decided to head up to Scotland to see what all the fuss was about, and make sure that the prize…

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The Chichibu Martial Arts Trilogy – Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

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When it comes to our regular exclusive releases, there’s one distillery which gets most of the attention. We sit hitting refresh on the shipping website, waiting for details of when the bottles might land in…

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Caperdonich – a lost Speysider with a smoky secret

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The history of whisky in Scotland is littered with the names of closed distilleries. While some of them have risen in fame since their closing, some have continued in obscurity, and a few have done…

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Talisker x Parley: Rewilding the sea with Forests of the Deep

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Talisker distillery is not only maritime in character but in location, with every drop of whisky distilled by the sea. It’s not surprising that when it comes to charitable endeavours, the oceans are its focus,…

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Win our biggest-ever tasting set – The Perfect Measure giveaway

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You may have noticed that Christmas is approaching. While we’ve got loads of great things happening on our website – and you can find them through our Christmas page – we also have lots going…

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Halloween approaches – spooky shops and (non) gruesome gifts

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Halloween is almost here, and this year, after 18 months of intermittent lockdowns and closures, our shop teams want to do some celebrating. If you head down to see them this weekend they might have…

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Diageo Special Releases 2021 – Legends Untold

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While the past year has been a strange one, there are some things that have rolled on barely affected. One of those is the yearly Diageo Special Releases. They popped up on time in 2020…

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Whisky Show Bottlings 2021 – Adventures in Flavour

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Whisky Show is almost upon us again. It’s our lucky 13th show – 12th in person – and the first year where we are combining our traditional weekend of whisky at Old Billingsgate with a…

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Everything You Need To Know About Whisky (but are too afraid to ask)

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After more than a year of planning, months of writing and weeks of proofreading, we are very proud to announce the launch of a very special project: our first-ever book – Everything You Need To…

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Virtual Tastings – August 2021

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We’ve had a bit of time off our virtual tastings recently – with bars reopening we want to encourage folks to (safely) get back out there. However, in August we’ve got a tasting that we…

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Singleton of Glen Ord 38 Year Old and The Singleton range

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The Singleton range of single malt whiskies is available around the world, but is often misunderstood. With the recent arrival of the Singleton of Glen Ord 38 Year Old at The Whisky Exchange, we thought…

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New Exclusive: Caol Ila 2005 15yo Refill Sherry Cask #301507 Connoisseurs Choice

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We’ve spent the past year lining up great exclusive releases to appear over the coming months, and the latest bottle has just landed: a specially selected refill-sherry cask, bottled for us by the team at…

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Virtual Tastings – May 2021

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It’s almost May and we have more virtual tastings on the cards. We’re kicking off with a tasting of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore with header distiller Adam Hannett; and following that with a dive…

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Virtual Tastings – April 2021

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We’re almost done with March, so it’s time to announce our April virtual tastings. This month we’ve got a couple – a taste through the Elixir Distillers’ Whisky Trail and a secret one that we’ll…

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