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Something very special that's giving us that #FridayFeeling – it's the legendary first edition of Black Bowmore. Originally available in Oddbins for under £100, this now goes for more than £10,000 a bottle at auction. This one's from our boss's own collection – he's saving it for a special occasion....
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It's not only #ThirstyThursday but also hot outside – time for something light and refreshing. Step forward Suntory Toki! A blend of whiskies from all three of Suntory's distilleries, it's silky and sweet and is just the thing for a warm night. On its own, over ice or – our favourite – in a highball. It's #tokitime...
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A #WhiskyShelfWednesday and a pre-emptive #tbt – the glorious whisky shelves in our old warehouse. Things are a bit bigger these days, but back then an early morning wander up and down the rows of whisky was a special treat. Especially when you found a newly purchased old bottle that you wanted for your collection...
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Today's staff pick is a new release from indie bottler @gordonandmacphail – a Balblair 12, one of the first releases in the new Discovery range. This is the inaugural Bourbon release, showing off the character of bourbon-cask maturation in Scotland. It's the perfect place to start your discovery of Scotch whisky, with orchard fruit, lashings of vanilla and a touch of spice. From there, you can graduate to Peat and Sherry expressions, but for us, this is the one to kick off proceedings.
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Today's #MacallanMonday is a controversial bottling – Macallan's 1841 replica. While it confused some collectors and was sometimes mistaken for the real thing, the whisky inside is far superior to what would have been in there in the 1840s. 95 points from the late, great Michael Jackson (not that one) and still sought after for what's inside the bottle rather than the bottle itself.
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Everyone's maturing whisky in beer casks these days, but Jameson kicked off the craze in Ireland with this – Caskmates Stout Edition. Matured in casks previously filled with stout from Franciscan Well, it's got an extra layer of rich darkness on top of the usual soft and easy drinking Jameson character. A great whiskey to pair with a pint...
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Something a bit different for today's #WhiskyShelfWednesday: these are the shelves at our brand new Fitzrovia shop on Great Portland Street – opening soon! We're still stocking the whisky cellar, but soon we'll have a place to you escape from the bustle of London's Oxford Street. Along with all the whisky, they'll be loads of wine, Champagne, beer, gin, Cognac, Armagnac and our regular range of fine spirits. It'll be open as soon as we've finished building it...
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Today's dram is our latest #WhiskyExchangeExclusive – a Glenlivet 1981 bottled specially for us by #SignatoryVintage. Distilled in 1981 and matured for a total of 36 years, it spent its final 76 months (almost 6.5 years) in a sherry butt. The resulting whisky has loads of elegance and complexity as well as a good kick of sherry cask fruit and weight. It's really rather special...
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It's #MacallanMonday and this is a very special set of whiskies – The Queen's Coronation bottling. A pair of bottles released to celebrate 60 years since Her Majesty Elizabeth II's coronation. Both whiskies were matured in sherry casks, with the left being American oak and the right Spanish, giving a huge difference in colour and flavour.
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This week's staff pick is @Glengoyne 21 Year Old. Glengoyne is often a light and delicate spirit, but the 21 adds a rich sherry cask fruitiness and weight to the distillery's class style. On the occasions we get it on our shelves, we can be certain that it won't stay for long – at the moment we only have small bottles, but hope to have more soon...
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Happy 4th of July! We're celebrating with some Bare Knuckle Bourbon from @KODistilling. We met them at Whisky Live this year and like what they're doing – punchy (pardon the pun) whiskey with lots going on. Just the thing to raise a toast to our US cousins on a warm Wednesday evening.
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This week's customer favourite: Ailsa Bay. One of the first of new wave of hypermodern distilleries, Ailsa Bay is huge, producing a colossal 12 million litres of alcohol per year. Behind the scenes, its single malts go into Grant's blended whiskies, but the distillery also has a single malt of its own. Bucking the historical trend, this lowland powerhouse produced a powerfully peated whisky, more at home on the islands than a short drive from Glasgow. As Alun said on our website: 'As a fan of anything from Islay I was attracted by the description "peaty and phenolic". Could anything from the mainland possibly stand comparison I wondered. Well yes now it can.'
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