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Oops!... We did it again: IWSC Results (International Wine & Spirits Competition)

by Jake Mountain     26. July 2013 17:21

Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside IWSC 2013 Tasting

Another week, another set of awards results announced! This time from the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), “the premier competition of its kind in the world”. (I know, I know, they can’t all be the best - and they do indeed have similar sounding names – but this is another one of the really, really BIG competitions. Important stuff.)

As well as the usual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, there are also Gold Outstanding and Silver Outstanding Medals at the IWSC, with a huge score of 90-100 out of 100 required for a Gold Medal and Gold Outstanding Medals only being awarded at the judges’ discretion! Welcome to big school!

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Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 - The Auld Alliance

by Jake Mountain     19. July 2013 16:17

glenfarclas and hine 1953

Back at the end of May, just before all the busyness and rushing about, Ben and I attended a very special event, which I was no doubt supposed to write about back then. Drawing attention to the fact that I didn’t is probably a terrible decision, but the people must still know, damn it!

The time has come for you to learn all about this: Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 – Auld Alliance.

Woah boy.

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Visiting Smooth Ambler Craft Distillery

by Michael Vachon     18. July 2013 11:37

james at smooth ambler distillery

It’s not often I manage to crowbar distillery visits into trips back to my hometown, near Washington, DC. Last December though, I was invited to go and check out Smooth Ambler Distillery in Maxwelton, WV, only about 4 hours’ drive away.

I put the offer out to a group of friends I’ve known for the better part of 15+ years: Would you like to go down to one of the finest distilleries in the country and try all of their delicious whiskey and gin?

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International Spirits Challenge Trophies (and Medals)!

by Jake Mountain     17. July 2013 09:00

isc trophy awards dinner 2013

Medals are great, we love receiving medals for our delicious whiskies and spirits (oh, how we love it!) – but do you know what’s even better than medals? Trophies! Great hunking trophies that could be wielded to devastating effect should the urge take you!

With that in mind, you can imagine the degree to which we all had our fingers, toes and eyes crossed as we sent five of our finest off to the International Spirits Challenge Awards Dinner (where them there trophies are announced!)...

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1512 Spirits - Barbershop Booze!

by Michael Vachon     16. July 2013 09:00

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When I first heard about a distillery from San Francisco run by a man who spends his days also running a barber shop, I have to say, I was intrigued. What followed was a story you couldn’t even make up.

Cutting hair and distilling are both skills that run deep in Salvatore Cimino’s family; he learned to make wine and distill grappa from when he was just a young boy. As a child, he would even climb inside the stills to give them a good clean! Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, 'Sal' grew up to be a Master Barber as well as now becoming a legitimate Master Distiller!

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Dramboree: A Whisky Weekend in Scotland! (Part 2)

by Jake Mountain     11. July 2013 19:03

dramboree glass whisky weekend 2013

Following a fine Friday evening at Dramboree (see Part 1 of my Executive report), an entire day of whisky fun still lay ahead! I give you... Part Deux.

After a hearty breakfast we set off for Aberfeldy distillery, our first port of call with tastings from Springbank’s Melanie Stranger and the guys from Whisky Lounge to look forward to later on (not to mention that Whisky Table!) all organised by our fantastic hosts Jonny McMillan and Jason B. Standing. There would also be a barbecue courtesy of Master of Malt (that’s us!).

Plenty to look forward to then as we set off on a short stroll down to the home of Dewar’s blend and Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whisky.

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Dramboree! A Whisky Weekend in Scotland (Part 1)

by Jake Mountain     8. July 2013 16:29

dramboree logo whisky weekend 2013

The 5th-7th July 2013 saw the first ever Dramboree!

A whole whisky weekend courtesy of the marvellous organisers Jason B. Standing and Jonny McMillan! This year’s hugely enjoyable event was held in the beautiful town of Aberfeldy.

Having recently spent over 12 hours on the road heading back from Islay (made all the better for Cat by the fact that I don’t actually drive), we decided that it might be nice to fly up to Scotland this time! Landing in Aberdeen in good time, we collected our hire car with no problems but were subsequently waylaid by 3 main annoyances:

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Whisky! Winning! - International Spirits Challenge & Scotch Whisky Masters Results

by Jake Mountain     24. June 2013 13:37

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

Picking up silverware (or even ‘gold-ware’) is always nice, just ask that marvellous gent Andy Murray. It gives one a nice, warm feeling inside, either that or somebody just put some 100,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka in my tea...

The results from this year’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and Scotch Whisky Masters were recently revealed and we’re proud to say that our whiskies did rather well!

First let’s take a look at the International Spirits Challenge 2013, “the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world”. Fancy. Earlier this month they released the results of their Whisky Tasting Awards. These come from a rigorous process of blind tasting by panels of over 50 industry experts tasked with “rewarding quality and celebrating excellence”.

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John Walker & Sons Voyager Competition

by Jake Mountain     20. June 2013 14:37

John Walker and Sons Voyager

Ever fancied attending a glamorous party aboard a luxurious 1920s-style yacht? How about a star-studded shindig on an opulent 157 foot vessel with live entertainment thrown in? (I’ll give you a clue: the answer is “Yes”. Possibly “Hell yes”.)

Well... HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!!!

That’s right, we’ve come up with the goods again and one lucky person will be winning a pair of tickets to attend the The Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Celebration in London on 17th July 2013 aboard the John Walker & Sons Voyager. That’s Ka-Blamo!

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Dramboree Competition Winners!

by Jake Mountain     18. June 2013 15:39

Dog in People Clothes

Last week we ran a Competition to win a pair of tickets to Dramboree, a brand new whisky weekend, which is to be held in Aberfeldy from 5th – 7th of July this year.

To enter, we asked you to come up with the best picture of a dog in people clothes you could possibly find and then post it on our Facebook page! (Oh, and to Like our Facebook page too, but I’m sure you’ve all already done that... Right?)

The entries came flooding in! Whole packs of them, by the kennel-load. A veritable litter of entries. Although I left the judging to MoM’s resident poochie experts, I can now reveal the winners (we felt it was only fair to give out a couple of prizes for some honourable mentions too)...

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