It’s that time again. As February rolls around, whisky fans from around the globe usually get ready to head to the UK to find some of the finest drams ever bottled from across whisky history…Continue reading »
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Virtual Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2021
Posted on 29 January 2021 by Billy
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How do you make Johnnie Walker Ghost & Rare?
Posted on 12 December 2018 by Caroline
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Imagine you were asked to take one of the world’s most famous blended whiskies and create a limited edition that paid homage to one of the world’s most revered lost distilleries. Where would you start?…Continue reading »
Lost whisky distilleries of Scotland: our picks
Posted on 8 November 2017 by Billy
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While there are hundreds of lost distilleries dotting the countryside north of the border, it’s rare to find whisky from any that closed before the 1980s. And if you do, it’s often more a collector’s…Continue reading »
What is a closed distillery?
Posted on 2 November 2017 by Billy
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Ever since the early days of whisky production, distilleries have appeared and disappeared. Some failed, some merged, some literally exploded, and the Scottish landscape is littered with the remains of historical distilling. However, October was…Continue reading »
Diageo Special Releases 2017 – the tasting notes
Posted on 12 September 2017 by Billy
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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…Continue reading »
Islay Festival 2017 – what is there to do at Feis Ile?
Posted on 23 May 2017 by Billy
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Feis Ile, the yearly Islay Festival of Music and Malt, is a fixture of the Scotch malt whisky scene. Every year, the population of the isle of Islay doubles for a week at the end…Continue reading »
What makes a great whisky tasting?
Posted on 31 January 2017 by Stuart
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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…Continue reading »
Diageo Special Releases 2016 – First Look
Posted on 14 September 2016 by Billy
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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…Continue reading »
Tasting the 2015 Diageo Special Releases
Posted on 8 February 2016 by Billy
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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’…Continue reading »
Diageo Special Releases 2015 – first look
Posted on 19 October 2015 by Stuart
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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…Continue reading »
Diageo Special Releases 2014 – they're here….
Posted on 6 November 2014 by Billy
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It’s cold, it’s dark, people are starting to wear winter coats, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has appeared. There’s still one thing missing: the Diageo Special Releases. While Rocky got a pre-pre-launch tasting a few…Continue reading »
Diageo Special Releases 2014 – first look
Posted on 15 September 2014 by Rocky
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The eagerly-awaited line-up of the Diageo Special Releases 2014 has been announced. There are a total of 11 bottlings this year, including the four usual suspects (Port Ellen, Brora, Lagavulin and unpeated Caol Ila), a…Continue reading »
Diageo Special Releases 2013 Tasting with Colin Dunn
Posted on 3 February 2014 by Rocky
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If there’s one thing we can’t be accused of here at TWE, it’s not kicking the year of tastings off in some style. As we did last year, we began by welcoming the inimitable Colin…Continue reading »
The Ones That (Might Have) Got Away
Posted on 31 December 2013 by Billy
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One of our big tasks in December is finding interesting products to put special offers on. These can be things we’ve got lots of bottles of, things that we can knock some money off and…Continue reading »
Diageo Special Releases 2013
Posted on 25 October 2013 by Billy
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Autumn is upon us and the Diageo Special Releases 2013 are here. For those not up to speed on Diageo’s yearly release cycle, about now every year they release a range of whiskies from across…Continue reading »
Compass Box of Delilah-ights
Posted on 20 September 2013 by Tim F
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So today we have three new Compass Box goodies to have a go at, which is great because, remarkably, this week marks the fifth year since The Whisky Exchange Whisky Blog (snappy title) first slithered…Continue reading »
Tasting the 2012 Diageo Special Releases at TWE Vinopolis
Posted on 24 January 2013 by Ollie
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Since 2001 Diageo have announced, in October of each year, their Special Release Range. Each series of bottles is picked to highlight the best of their distilleries and are acknowledged to be landmark bottlings, representing…Continue reading »
TWE Whisky Show 2012 – Rare & Unusual Islay Classics
Posted on 19 November 2012 by Tim F
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After a hectic first day of this year’s TWE Whisky Show had ended with a well-behaved single pint at the egregiously smelly (but comprehensively beer-endowed) Rake Bar before an early retirement on account of toothache, I…Continue reading »
Well, as Caperdonich originally should contribute to blends only and as there hasn't been any distillery bottlings before the two for the Italian market in the late 70's, I'd assume that a unique...
Posted on: 15 July 2022
That's really intriguing! I need to look into when the regulations started clamping down on naming – there was some discussion around Malt Mill online recently (thanks to
Posted on: 15 July 2022