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Vintage Cocktails

by Master of Malt     6. April 2011 12:45

Vintage Cocktails

It’s a trend we’ve seen emerging for many years, that of bartenders mixing their own versions of the Manhattan, Rob Roy, and other Classic cocktails, then bottling them and simply leaving them alone to mature (sometimes for many years) before stirring and serving.

We’ve sampled absolutely superb examples at (in our opinion) a couple of the best bars in the world; 69 Colebrook Row and Purl, and are seeing the trend spread out into more and more cocktail bars throughout the UK.

Whilst Bottle-aged cocktails are appearing in tremendously forward thinking bars these days, they are also a revival of techniques used by infamous pre-prohibition bartenders such as Thomas Handy in the early 1900s. Handy, famous for the invention of the Sazerac Cocktail is recorded to have pre-bottled his potent mixture of liquor to serve to patrons in the renowned Merchants Exchange Coffee House, New Orleans. More...

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The truth about Aisla T'Orten 105 Year Old

by Master of Malt     1. April 2011 11:50

The definition of the word is

We've had an incredible reaction to the release of the 105 year old Aisla T'Orten whisky, with its asking price of just £870,000.

But, now we must tell you the truth... More...

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The World's Oldest Whisky

by Master of Malt     1. April 2011 09:00

World's Oldest Whisky

There are few moments like this in history; moments which involve something daring and utterly extraordinary. Moments that no one will ever forget.

For us, the Chaps at Master of Malt, this might just be our biggest moment yet…

We’ve discovered the world’s oldest whisky. What’s more, it’s more than a century old. This, ladies and gentleman is an absolutely spectacular achievement, and one that will hopefully go down in the annals of whisky history.

We are proud to announce… More...

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Our First Whisky Tasting

by Master of Malt     23. March 2011 14:55

Our First Whisky Tasting

We ran our first official in-house whisky tasting last Thursday and all-in-all it was a rip-roaring success!

The tasting, led by Darren Rook – our tastings manager - was all about the Scotch regions, and the extraordinary variation there is in whisky from different parts of Scotland. Beginning with the lightest/gentlest whisky first, we journeyed (figuratively) to the Lowlands, with a single cask 19 year old Rosebank no less!

This was followed by the lower strength version of our single cask Tomatin 19 year old (Stephen Fry’s favourite whisky!), which offered up a fantastic array of barley, zest and malty sweetness.

Next was a charming Speysider: a 1987 BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The refill American hoggie maturation resulted in a spicy, biscuity dram with oodles of creamy vanilla on the palate.More...

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Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940

by Master of Malt     22. March 2011 14:35

Glenlivet 70

We’ve just received word of something very noble from the renowned whisky merchants and bottlers Gordon and MacPhail.

The legendary Scottish brand has been trading with Japan for decades and they’ve very generously donated bottle No. 1 of Glenlivet 70 Year old 1940 to help raise money for the Japanese relief effort. The bottle will be sold at Bonhams Auction House in Glasgow, and all funds raised will be given to the Red Cross, who are doing all they can to help the Japanese in the aftermath of one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history. More...

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Shackleton's Whisky

by Master of Malt     18. March 2011 15:34

Richard Paterson

Last year there was an astonishing discovery in Antarctica, just outside of what was once Ernest Shackleton’s hut. The discovery was several cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt whisky, which had been left behind after a failed attempt to reach the South Pole between 1907 and 1909.

Whyte and Mackay, who own the Mackinlay’s brand, leapt at the incredible opportunity to try and recreate a whisky from a bygone era, under the lead of their inimitable Master Blender, Richard Paterson.

"It's a beautiful colour. It's that lovely rich golden colour and what's more important at this early stage, it's beautifully clear.” Richard describes the whisky, adding: "It's telling you that it's not contaminated -- that's very important." More...

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Laphroaig Whisky Tasting

by Master of Malt     9. March 2011 17:14

Laphroaig Whisky Tasting

Last Thursday, a contingent from MoM visited the Hyatt Regency Hotel for a Laphroaig tasting, led by distillery manager, John Campbell.

Laphroaig is one of the world’s foremost distilleries, whose ubiquitous whisky’s popularity has not suffered one iota for being intensely peaty and utterly distinctive, and John talked us through just what makes such a powerful, muscular malt so well-loved the world over... He also let us in on a few rare treats (some of which have yet to hit shop shelves!). More...

Whisky Tastings

by Master of Malt     28. February 2011 15:43

Whisky Tasting

You’re probably wondering what this post is about. If you suspected it was an announcement that we, the chaps at Master of Malt, have started running tasting sessions from the comfort and luxury of our town centre offices in Royal Tunbridge Wells, then you’d be correct.

Your questions may be:

1. “What will they involve?

2. “How does it affect me?”

3. “But I don't live in Tunbridge Wells!”

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Win an Irish Whiskey Getaway for Two

by Master of Malt     22. February 2011 10:42

Chestibor in his lucky green hat

Chestibor Chihuahua has brought down his green hat and lucky four leaf clover collar and that can only mean one thing; St Patrick’s day is nearly upon us!

With just a few weeks to go we’ve teamed up with Cooley distillery to offer one lucky winner the chance to visit the distillery with their better half and enjoy two days of wining, dining, whiskeying and general good times..

We reckon you’ll love this; it’s a great prize for any whiskey lover, and it’s a brilliant opportunity to indulge in an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come. More...

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Making A Bitter Rum Chocolatsky - by Chris Hoban

by Master of Malt     21. February 2011 14:03

Cocktail Ingredients

Continuing on in our series of guest cocktail posts, we are thrilled to bring you Chris Hoban, who writes for the excellent Edinburgh Whisky Blog – a detailed, brilliantly written site about all things whisky and drinks related.

Joshua Hatton


Chris’ brief was simple: concoct a delicious winter cocktail using our 8 Year Old Blend and our new Whisky Bitters. This is what Chris came up with… More...

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