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Feis Ile - The Islay Whisky Festival 2011 – Part Two

by Master of Malt     24. May 2011 14:50

Well, as we write this post we’re basking in the warm glow of the candelabra, and the unforgiving light of a laptop screen, which is down to its last 20% of battery life. That’s right, there’s been a powercut. Just like the story of the optimist and the pessimist… The pessimist says: “this is terrible, it can’t possibly get any worse!” the optimist says: “oh yes it can…”


Right now it’s cold, dark, damp and miserable outside, but we’re soldiering on.


Today began promisingly, with Caol Ila’s open day, though the weather was not on our side. We parked on a grassy hill in force 10 gales, and were gracefully ushered to the distillery bus by what felt like a hurricane. We then drove down to the Caol Ila distillery, the most remote on the island.

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Feis Ile - The Islay Whisky Festival 2011 – Part One

by Master of Malt     23. May 2011 09:45
“Nothing can survive in these conditions, it’s inhuman.”

Our trip to Islay had gotten off to a simply dreadful start. Having driven for many, many hours from home, we thought we’d planned for every eventuality. We had stocked the car with at least twenty bottles of booze, a fine selection of meats, and a small travel humidor. Of course we all had our gentlemanly evening wines, stowed in our suitcases, as well as a modest selection of liqueurs, cocktails and Ron de Jeremy. We felt confident we would be making the most of what was, essentially, a week off. More...

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Win a £3,995 bottle of Glenfarclas!

by Master of Malt     13. May 2011 10:07
Buy Parker's 27 Year Old bourbon

With Father’s Day encroaching, we’ve teamed up with the good folks over at Glenfarclas to offer you a frankly mind-boggling whisky giveaway. In fact, we can hand-on-heart tell you that we’re offering you our best prize yet! Drum roll please…

We are giving you the chance to win a 50 year old, single cask bottle of Glenfarclas, worth £3,995! More...

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Japanese Whisky Unaffected by Radiation

by Master of Malt     19. April 2011 14:11

Number One Drinks Company

After one of the most catastrophic natural disasters of recent years, there has been some speculation about nuclear radiation in products exported from Japan. Several countries, as well as the EU, have called for testing and certification of Japanese products prior to export, though this has yet to be controlled at a government level in Japan. 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.

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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.

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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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Can you taste Caramel (E150a) in Whisky?

by Ben Ellefsen     18. March 2011 09:25

Caramel in Whisky

Quite a big one this…

For as long as anyone can remember, (some) whisky companies have been using caramel colouring in their whiskies. The arguments for and against the use of caramel in whisky are well documented, but just in case, let’s imagine a discussion between a well-educated, handsome whisky consumer, and one of those nasty and ‘orrible whisky companies that make whisky packed full of yucky and horrible caramel (the b*stards).More...

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