Other great whisky stuff

We love whisky, and the UK is very lucky to have lots of different ways of getting access to it. Here’s a few of our favourites:

The Whisky Exchange

One of the best ranges of any retailer in the UK, they’re one of our go-to sources for interesting bottles. They’re also personal chums of ours and very supportive of what we do at Whisky Squad.

Master of Malt

The chaps at Master of Malt are longtime supporters of Whisky Squad and as well as visiting them a while back to select a Whisky Squad branded bottle in one of their niche series of Boutiquey Whisky Company offerings, we’ve tried many of their own-bottlings and specially selected products. Very fine folk, indeed.

Berry Brothers & Rudd

The oldest wine & spirit merchant in the UK (est. 1698), BBR have a magnificent spirits selection – presided over by their spirits buyer Rob Whitehead – as well as bottling their own incomparable range of whiskies under the Berry’s Own Selection label. We’re very lucky to count them among our list of friends & supporters, and a visit to their magnificent London shop at No. 3 St James’s Street is absolutely essential for anyone who lives in (or has ever visited) London.

Cadenhead’s

An independent bottler with many years’ history, Cadenhead’s have a generous online store as well as excellent premises in London, Edinburgh, and in Campbeltown near their Springbank Distillery.

In London

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

A private members’ club dedicated to sourcing and selling the finest single-cask whiskies (its motto: “Leave no nose upturned!”). Many’s the night we’ve descended on the London clubrooms in Farringdon to sample their wonderful products. A must for anyone passionate about whisky.

The Vintage House

Peep in the door at 42 Old Compton Street and you’ll find an Aladdin’s Cave of whisky – the shelves at the back of the shop need to be seen to be believed. A quirky and older-school shop, they don’t do so much of the online thing however a visit in will be rewarded by a wide range of official bottlings and a very wide range of independent bottlings to give the whisky fan plenty to enjoy.

Soho Whisky Club

Upstairs from The Vintage House is a members’ bar – open Mon-Sat and boasting a range of some 500 whiskies it is a fantastic place to sample drams at prices which won’t make you dizzy. Staffed by a knowledgeable team who can help with recommendations, news, and general badinage it’s another excellent place to enjoy whisky. Members also get (usually free) access to the club tastings which take place every couple of weeks.

Milroy’s of Soho

Milroy’s started in the 1960s as London’s first specialty whisky shop and in it’s latest incarnation features a small but mighty whisky bar on the ground floor and cocktail bar in the basement. They have a great range of official releases, independent bottlings, and whiskies selected under their own label.