Hattiers Rum On The Home Page Of The Whisky Exchange

Who Are The Whisky Exchange?

The Whisky Exchange (TWE) has come a long way from its humble beginnings to becoming the internet's number-one choice for spirits, with an internationally respected reputation forged from their expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of the new, old, rare and everything in between.

As our first online listing following the launch of Hattiers back in 2017, TWE has a special place in our hearts and we are thrilled to have been chosen from their vast selection of over 500 rums to be featured on their homepage for the duration of April following the huge success of B Corp month.

A Brief History

The Whisky Exchange is a family business founded in 1999. Founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh have spent their whole lives in retailing, having grown up helping out at their parents' wine and spirits merchant 'The Nest' in Hanwell – a family business that started out in the drinks trade in 1973, and was named 'Off-Licence of the Year' in 1992. By the mid 1990s Sukhinder, the elder of the brothers, was already in possession of a very large collection of whisky, having started collecting miniatures in the mid 1980s and progressing to full-size bottles a few years later.

When their parents decided to retire in 1999, the brothers took the difficult decision to sell the family business and founded The Whisky Exchange. Operating from a trading estate tucked away on the outskirts of Hanwell, The Whisky Exchange was exactly as the name suggests - an online portal where whisky fans can buy, sell or swap the bottles listed.

With supplier relationships that had been built up over decades at The Nest, the range of new products and other spirits such as cognac, rum and tequila available from the TWE website kept growing and growing. But the company's real point of difference was, and remains, its enormous collection of old, rare or discontinued bottles of whisky, amassed from years of patient collecting. The sources for these bottles can range from long-term clients that wish to dispose of their personal collections to speculative calls or walk-in customers who have found or inherited a dusty old bottle in a relative’s cellar or attic. When these people do internet searches on their discovery, or call auction houses to try and ascertain the value of their bottles, they are usually referred to TWE and Sukhinder, whose knowledge of older bottlings is unmatched.