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Talisker Skye in June

by Jake Mountain     30. June 2015 18:00

Talisker-Skye

Earlier this year Talisker added another no age statement whisky to its range: Talisker Skye. This means that whilst it may not be able to claim to be "the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky rugged enough to call the Isle of Skye its home" for too much longer (with progress continuing at Torabhaig), Talisker has found another way to cement the link between the distillery and its beloved, windswept home.

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Tasting Ledaig 42 Year Old Dùsgadh 1972

by Jake Mountain     19. June 2015 12:00

Ledaig 42 Dusgadh

Crikey it's been busy around here lately! Father's Day is upon us and we also have imminent releases coming out the wazoo! Sometimes you simply have to drop everything though, for a short while at least, because, just occasionally, a very special whisky demands that.

A 42 year old Ledaig? Yeah, that'll certainly do it. This 1972 vintage is the oldest ever release of the peated single malt from Tobermory distillery, and Burn Stewart informs us that the earliest possible date they could release another Ledaig that's at least 40 years old would be in 2036! Special, this most definitely is.

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Gascony Calling: A Single Cask Series Armagnac!

by Jake Mountain     10. June 2015 11:00

Château de Castex Armagnac Master of Malt

So it may be gorgeous,
So it may not be famous,
Armagnac, twenty-one years old.

There's a new release in the Master of Malt Single Cask Series charts, and the artist isn't even Scottish! In fact, it's not even whisky. (We do have some more Single Cask whiskies on the way shortly though... and not necessarily all from Scotland...) Extending the range into different spirit types entirely, we're delighted to present our very first independent bottling of Armagnac!

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Get 20% Off Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Final Tickets!

by Jake Mountain     1. June 2015 13:33

The Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Challenge

The 2015 Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Championship Final is being held this Thursday (4th June), and after last year's excitement, we can't wait! This is an annual bartender competition with a difference: they want the best team of three bartenders, with amazing drinks, great service and top chat, who aren't too proud to do the stock take and clean up at the end of the night! This is, quite simply, a Monkey Comp.

And the power to decide the winning team is in your hands! If you can, come along to the final in London for a great night, some top whisky cocktails and to vote for your favourite team.

Tickets are just £10, including four drinks tokens, and we're then able to offer you a discount code for 20% off - Kapow!

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Fèis Ìle - The Islay Whisky Festival 2015

by Jake Mountain     15. May 2015 11:00

Feis Ile Islay That Boutique-y Whisky Company

As some of you may already know, we're sadly not going to be at Fèis Ìle this year. I know, I know. We had a good run though - attending the last four years in a row as Master of Malt, keeping you all (hopefully) entertained whether you'd made it along or not, running some great promotions and even kitting many of you out with some top notch drams, t-shirts and snazzy tote bags. And it was our absolute pleasure to do so.

There'll be no Malt Mobile to look out for this year though (much to the delight of Bowmore's bollards), no gratuitous shots of limited edition whiskies next to hot tubs or Port Ellen tastings and no week long series of our ramblings from the event. But if you are indeed going, especially if it's your first time, allow us to present our little guide to this year's festival...

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St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with Jameson!

by Jake Mountain     27. March 2015 09:00

Hello Dublin Jameson St Patricks Day Live

It was 11am in Gatwick airport on Saturday 14th March. The plane taking a small drinks press contingent over to Ireland for Jameson's extended #HelloDublin St. Patrick's Day celebrations was due to leave in just over an hour from Heathrow. Had I made a terrible mistake?

In fact, I'd just arrived back from a holiday and had always known I couldn't make that flight, just as I now knew all I'd be seeing of blighty was Gatwick airport itself. My flight to Cork was later, and until then I'd simply be pretending I was Tom Hanks in The Terminal. (Although there were no Catherine Zeta-Jones love interest developments to speak of.)

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Winnings from the WWA, WDA & Icons of Whisky

by Jake Mountain     20. March 2015 09:40

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2015

Yesterday saw the winners of the 2015 World Drinks Awards announced, as well as the winners of Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards - a very busy rotation of the Earth! It was also a fantastic day for many of the brands we work with / own / represent as you'll see from the veritable cornucopia of trophies and awards below.

Drink by the Dram have also produced a selection of Winners Tasting Sets, which you can find here.

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The Lakes Distillery - A Delightful Weekend In The Country

by Jake Mountain     9. March 2015 12:00

The Lakes Distillery

"Are you a sponge or a stone? Do you like to experience all facets of life, or do you shut yourself off from new experience?"

With whisky distilleries opening right around the world, you must quite reasonably ask yourself questions such as this. We live in an age where a wide variety of excellent whiskies are being made outside of the traditional and well-established whisky producing counties, and if you're not open to them, you're missing out. In England, for example, the latest whisky distillery to come on stream is The Lakes Distillery near Cockermouth.

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Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection

by Jake Mountain     6. March 2015 10:09

Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection whisky

A little while back I received a sample of Nàdurra First Fill Selection only to get all full of horrible cold when the time came to taste it. Hmph. After recovering from this particular malady, I then promptly succumbed to some kind of debilitating manflu straight away! (But that's another story, with another untasted sample staring at me throughout, goading me to get better. Or at least recover the sense of smell...)

Fortunately, between these two bouts of sub-optimum health (during which I was ejected from MoM towers as they rightly feared I'd infect the populous) I did at least manage to find some time to try this new Glenlivet! It's also now in stock and available to buy, so it seems like a good time to pop some thoughts on the ol' blog.

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Celebrate The Holi Festival and Win Great Prizes!

by Jake Mountain     23. February 2015 11:00

Holi Festival of Colours Paul John Indian Whisky

Holi, the spring festival of colours, is almost upon us. You know, it's the one with all the powder and paint that always looks like loads and loads of fun! This year we've teamed up with our friends at Paul John to offer you a fantastic opportunity to get involved - one that includes delicious whisky and prizes...

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