Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Our Top 10 Whiskies of 2017




Well, it is that time again - the time when we reveal our Top 10 whiskies from the previous year.  This always proves to be one of the most fun posts to write and one of our most popular with readers.  It also allows us some time to reflect on what has happened during the whisky year.  Personally we attended over 70 events or whisky shows, numerous press trips and distilleries, and sampled and reviewed nearly 100 whiskies.

2017 seemed to be a year that continued the innovation and experimentation of 2016. This saw big brands and smaller producers alike pushing the boundaries and released a wide spectrum of products to an ever-growing consumer base.  Some of these products have impressed us and are included in our Top 10.  Could they become modern classics? Only time will tell.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review - The Ballantine's Single Malts



The blended Scotch brand have entered the single malt category with the release of three whiskies. These are from three of the most important distilleries that contribute single malt to the Ballantine's blended range - Glenburgie, Glentauchers and Miltonduff. All are from the Speyside region and bottled at 15 years of age. They are each presented at 40% ABV and will be available in Asia through travel retail, before seeing a global domestic market introduction. The price will be £42 ($56 US) each.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Distillery Visit - Glen Ord



The Glen Ord distillery is located on the edge of the north Highland village of Muir of Ord. On a bleak October afternoon, and with a couple of spare hours to hand, I decided to take the short but scenic train ride from Inverness. The visit was one of nostalgia. Much like the trip to Glenmorangie earlier in the year, Glen Ord was one of the first distilleries that we visited on our fledgling whisky journey.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (January 12, 2018)

Welcome to the first Inbox of 2018.  We hope that you all had a great time over the festive period. We certainly did and are well rested and ready to bring you more whisky news and reviews in the coming year, which will see us celebrate our 10th year of blogging.

 For those new to WFE, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gineration X - Keeping The Gin Boom Alive

* This article was written by Matt Chambers of Whisky For Everyone and originally appeared on the Huffington Post UK on 14/12/17.


The last couple of years have seen the re-birth of gin, a spirit that many considered long dead. It has shaken off its historical ‘mother’s ruin’ image to capture the imagination of consumers like almost no other spirit category has before.

Shops and bars are awash with different gin brands and new products seem to pop up every week. Gin palaces, often dens of iniquity in the past, are re-opening. Gin is cool again and consumers are lapping it up.

But what has driven this boom and how long can it be sustained?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (December 15, 2017)

Welcome to Inbox.  For those new to WFE, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (December 8, 2017)

Welcome to Inbox.  For those new to WFE, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Life After Whisky - What Happens To A Cask?


Ever wondered what happens to all of those old whisky casks?

A recent event in London that I attended saw a whisky company collaborate with a bicycle manufacturer to produce something extraordinary from used whisky barrels. It got me thinking about some of the innovation that is going on in the whisky industry.

But what normally happens to a wooden cask once its days of maturing whisky are finished? What do people do with them? The answer is different in different places.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (December 1, 2017)

Welcome to Inbox.  For those new to WFE, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review - The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3



The DCS Compendium is a super premium series of single cask whiskies from The Balvenie.  The series is formed of 25 single cask bottlings, which are split in to five chapters and released annually over five years, and is named after The Balvenie's long serving David C. Stewart.  He has worked for owners William Grant & Sons for 53 years and has hand selected each cask involved in the DCS Compendium, which designed to chart his knowledge and skills of David Stewart over five decades.