Has anyone else done this? What should we look out for? Also of course there is a branch of Whisky Exchange there. What should I be looking out for as we have not been to Whisky Exchange before except from online.
We are looking forward to going around Borough Market as well.
We would appreciate your comments.
Very good indeed - leave plenty of time and a great range of premium beer, wines and ports (the find for me was white port!) to try before you end up in the Diageo bar. This is where all the other visitors seemed to give me their unused vouchers when they heard my Scottish accent. I remember they were plugging Caol Ila and Talisker at that particular time, so you know.... IWBRNT.
Anyway I would look out for TWEs cask offerings as discussed on another thread recently (by Martin I think):
les taylor wrote:martin grant wrote:Sounds like a great day out Les.
While at The Whisky Exchange you got to try the Ardbeg Quite Young
Thumbs up from me!
Martin Quite Young?
I thought it was Very Young, Still Young, and Almost There. Plus the original committee release.
Sorry got it now. It's the Cask Offering at TWE.
They have some new IB 30y.o. Glenlivets & 40y.o. BalBlairs in stock - CS. I treated myself to the BalBlair. 47.7%abv. The Glenlivet is good value at £65.00. The IB is the The Single Malts of Scotland Anniversary Selection. Believe they are specifically bottled for TWE.
Also has a couple of remaining OB Tamnavulins - some of their first bottlings from 1966. £95.00 and job's a good 'un. Something different for the collection as this distillery doesn't really feature on most folks radar. Believe TWE got the only batch. Got your name on it.
The guys are really passionate and friendly - you'll come away with a light wallet for sure! Plenty of samples available as well.
Around Borough Market you should ckeck out Monmouth for a coffee - best in London. Also good tapas bar on corner of Borough High Street - get there early though as it's always rammed.
Live fairly local to the area - SouthBank Riverside is probably one of the best experiences in London these days - always plenty of things going on. You and the missus should certainly have an enjoyable day out.
Great store. Though frankly, while they stock a wide range of whiskies, this store could have more depth within distilleries.
Once we've shopped and put everything we've bought in the car it's Vinopolis time. Always worth a look around and there's always something going on. The addition of the Whisky Exchange always results in a few purchases. You can even fill your own bottle from a selected choice. A great day out and there's a plentyfull array of places to go and eat after.
If the weather is good, also nice to take a walk along the thames and if the weather is taking a turn for the worse, always worth checking out what's on at the Tate.
Thanks for taking the time to leave comments on this forum (it really does help us to 'fine-tune' things). In reply to a couple of the comments on this thread:-
We try to represent all of the existing or recently lost distilleries, but we're severely constrained by shelf space. However if you're looking for something a little more 'left-field', we can arrange for any of the bottlings on our website to be collected from the shop (given a few days notice). In addition to this, we assess as many bottlings as we can, so that customers are not confronted by 35 different independent expressions from the same distillery. In our experience many of them are nearly identical in style (so we try to pick the best) or, worse still, bear little resemblance to the distillery bottlings and the general flavour spectrum that you're expecting.
In short, our aim is to give both novices and whiskyphiles a chance to get the things that they can't get elsewhere, rather than simply ramming shelves with bottles for the sake of completeness, which I all too regularly witness elsewhere. After all, do you want to pay £60+ to discover that your 'RARE SINGLE CASK' Ardbeg 23yo on Mongolian Banyan Oak (finished in Vietnamese Chardonnay), actually tastes like Marmite wrapped in burnt bacon with pineapple and banana sauce, topped off with anchovies?
If you're in London, drop in and see us for a chat and a dram. (Aforementioned Ardbeg is NOT available for tasting. YET!)
lagavulin1967 wrote:Hi guys, do you want to pay £60+ to discover that your 'RARE SINGLE CASK' Ardbeg 23yo on Mongolian Banyan Oak (finished in Vietnamese Chardonnay), actually tastes like Marmite wrapped in burnt bacon with pineapple and banana sauce, topped off with anchovies
Wow! Where do I get one of these? Sounds intriguing.
With apologies for the editing
My tuppence...thanks for checking in here, it's always nice to know that retailers and industry folk are actually paying attention!
recordmeister wrote:lagavulin1967 wrote:Ardbeg 23yo on Mongolian Banyan Oak (finished in Vietnamese Chardonnay), actually tastes like Marmite wrapped in burnt bacon with pineapple and banana sauce, topped off with anchovies?
Sounds like something I had in Borough Market, but it was ORGANIC so that makes it all okay!!
RM that was the Veggie sausages. Did you see them. ?
Are the masterclasses at Vinopolis also run by tWE. If so what sort of things should you expect for your £39, as the description on the Vinopolis site:
"..let our whisky ambassador guide you through single malts and blends, its heritage and production methods "
isn't exactly capturing my imagination. The "b***ds" word is particularly worrying - as that's a lot of money to pay for a powerpoint on how whisky is made, and a couple of glasses of bells / Diageo classic malts!
I do work for TWE in Vinopolis, but anything that I put on here is personal opinion NOT the views of TWE (that's the disclaimer out the way!). The whisky experience that you're enquiring about is an entirely Vinopolis venture, and your assessment is pretty close to the mark.
We hold our own sessions here with guys like Jim McEwan, Bill Lumsden, John Glaser (Compass Box) and a raft of others. Our nights tend to be between £25-£30/ticket and you'll certainly end up with at least 6 malts. As an example, a couple of months ago LVMH launched Almost There with us, and the line up was Still Young, Almost There, 10yo, Uigeadail, Airigh Nam Beist, Lord of the Isles AND a single cask 1975. The evening was presented by Michael Heads (first time he's done a public tasting in his new role as Ardbeg manager). That was just one of our evenings, but you can get the mailshots about what's coming up next by logging on to the usual website and following the link to our Central London store details. Apologies if this reads like an advert for us, but I'm trying to be as impartial as I can.
Happy drinking guys
I think I'll give the Vinopolis Masterclass a miss then. But have added my name to tWE mailing list as it's always useful to find somewhere else in London to have tastings other than the SMWS.
Hope you've got something planned for July / early August!
There was so much produce I would loved to bought some fish or even an ostrich egg. But as we were in town all day it was not really possible. We visited Neal's Yard Dairy, what a fantastic place there was a lady cheese maker there selling her unpastureised Stilton which cannot be called stilton but is called Stichelton. We bought some of that. We had a bite of lunch down by the river overlooking St Paul's which was very pleasant.
Before the wine tasting we had to nip into TWE for a little look. Colin very kindly let us have a sample of the Ardbeg quite young. Which is a 6.5 year old at 62.2 Vol. Colin put a bottle of Compass Box Flaming heart behind the counter for me.
Our MasterClass was at 3pm with Matt Skinner. There was about 70 people in the class. Matt was very interesting and spoke about many things to do with wine and winemaking. Ifound interesting this point. That you judge a wine not by the size of the dimple in the bottle or the weight of the glass, but by the reputation of the wine maker. We tried six different wines. 2 whites 1 rose 2 reds and a desert wine. We enjoyed this more than the Vinoplis experience which followed.
The Vinopolis experience was good but on a saturday afternoon was a bit of a bun fight. I would have preferred it if the there was less people there. That would have allowed for a more relaxed atmosphere and time to talk to vinopolis people about the wines. I have to say though that the variety was good with wines from China and Israel as well as the normal producing areas of the world that we see in the high street.
We finished off in the Bombay Sapphire Bar which was pretty cool. After that experience I think I will explore Gin Cocktails I think they do have their place. Very enjoyable.
Our last port of call was back to TWE. As you guy's have said you could spend hours in there. Matt and Colin are very hospitable and spend time with you which is great.
I made my purchases, in the meantime Mrs Les got speaking to Matt about Calvados and Coqnac. Matt very kindly gave us some Calvados to try then out came the big guns. 30 Year old Brilet Hor's D'age Coqnac which was just magnificent. Matt followed that up with a 50 year old Heritage. What can I say. I was going to buy the Hor's D' age. Mrs Les is more cautious than me. So that's on the shopping list for next month.
All in all what a great day. With an off peak travel Card and only £1 to park at the station on a saturday. Borough Market and TWE are definetly going to become regular visiting spots.
Also a big thankyou to all you guy's for the tips before we went. It really helped and pointed us in the right direction as to what to do and look out for.
Just to clarify a point I mentioned earlier. If you want to get the tasting notification e-mails that we send out from time to time, please register on the Central London Shop site (not the main/home page), by clicking the 'tastings' link, and drop us a
quick e-mail asking to go on the list. If you register on our main site it won't come to our inbox, and you won't get the tastings notifications.
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