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Win a Weekend at Gleneagles!

by Sam Smith     23. October 2013 10:32

Simpsons Springfield Glen Country Club

Hotels are pretty magical. There aren’t many other places where you can pick up the phone, ask for a plate of salmon hors d'oeuvres and someone actually delivers it to your door, or walk downstairs to find world-class restaurants and golf courses. Luxuries like this are often reserved for the lucky folk who live near a park and above a chip shop that does delivery, but hotels make royalty of us all.

This is why we’re very excited to be offering one lucky winner a weekend for two at the Gleneagles Hotel, which lies at the foot of Scottish Highlands, surrounded by lusciously green rolling hills.

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Master of Cocktails - The Manhattan

by Ben Ellefsen     21. October 2013 16:20

Master of Cocktails Manhattan cocktail

As mentioned last week, this one is going to be super-simple and super-high-quality. We’re making the perfect Manhattan, something not entered into lightly, of course, as it's a cocktail that's no doubt close to many people’s hearts. A true classic that enjoys fame around the globe, this version, none-the-less, is a little bit special.

You could follow the action and mix-along on twitter (#MasterofCocktails) on Sunday night, as you can every week, and now here it is in all its completeness for you to enjoy!

Let’s get to it...

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Master of Cocktails - Bathtub Ginger Beer

by Ben Ellefsen     14. October 2013 13:44

Master of Cocktails Bathtub Ginger Beer

It’s been a pretty epic week for cocktails between the The World's 50 Best Bars 2013 awards, where Artesian at the Langham Hotel scooped the big prize and Nightjar was the runner up, to the far-reaching London Cocktail Week 2013, where a £10 wristband gave you access to £4 cocktails at over 150 venues for 7 days!

Those who attended the latter and kept their eyes peeled may even have found themselves being treated to some rather excellent Bathtub Gin punch, courtesy of Maverick Drinks, at the ‘secret’ Farrell Speakeasy.

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Master of Cocktails - The Martinez

by Ben Ellefsen     7. October 2013 14:07

Master of Cocktails Martinez cocktail

This week on #MasterofCocktails we made the Martinez – or rather, the more modern, gin-heavy version of the Martinez. We will, however, do the old-school, original version another time, as it's utterly delicious and a completely different drink.

As ever, you could mix-along by following the hashtag above on Twitter on Sunday from 6pm, and we've included the pics you posted below along with the recipe in full.

At the bottom you’ll also find the ingredients we’ll be using next week, but without further ado, let’s get started!

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New Boutique-y Whiskies; Allt-á-Bhainne, Glen Keith, and Miltonduff

by Ben Ellefsen     1. October 2013 13:11

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Miltonduff, Glen Keith and Allt-a-Bhainne

Well it’s certainly been quite a while since we put out any new Boutique-y whiskies. Over 3 months in fact. Erm. Sorry about that. Will try and be more hyperactive in the future. Promise.

After a clutch of slightly more esoteric ideas in the last set of releases, we’re coming firmly back to the ‘whisky world’ with these three, each one featuring some of our compadres from the geeky, obsessive, and at times slightly worrying world we all inhabit.

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Master of Cocktails - The Last Word

by Ben Ellefsen     30. September 2013 11:36

Master of Cocktails The Last Word Cocktail

Following on from The Negroni and The Scottish Gold Rush, we’re now entering Master of Cocktails’ third week – how time flies!

Each week you can follow along on Sunday evenings via twitter (#MasterofCocktails) and, in fact, from now on we’ll be letting you know what you’ll need for the following week, making it even easier.

(You can find next week's ingredients at the bottom of this blog post.)

Last night, we made one of my all-time favourites cocktails: The Last Word. These are just awesome. If you haven’t ever tried one then, frankly, we feel sorry for you. Fortunately, you can remedy this terrible state of affairs by following the simple instructions below...

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Redbreast 21 Year Old Joins the Family!

by Jake Mountain     27. September 2013 14:44

Redbreast 21

UPDATE: You can now find Redbreast 21 Year Old on the site here!

Last night saw the launch of a brand new Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey expression to join a range that already contains the excellent Redbreast 12 Year Old, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength and Redbreast 15 Year Old.

I know what you’re thinking: “What is the collective noun for robins?”. It’s a worm. A worm of robins. Yep.

The new expression? A 21 Year Old! We were more than a little excited. The Dave Broom quote on the Redbreast website sums it up nicely:

“If the ship was going down within sight of a desert island, my flailing left hand would make a grab for a bottle of Redbreast.”

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Master of Cocktails - The Scottish Gold Rush

by Ben Ellefsen     23. September 2013 11:44

Master of Cocktails Scottish Gold Rush

Welcome to the second instalment of Master of Cocktails, our new cocktail recipe feature on Twitter each and every Sunday evening (#MasterofCocktails), followed by a write up here on the Blog the very next day!

Last night, we made something super-easy with just three ingredients: whisky, honey and lemon. Yep, I've got a massive cold, but rather than what you may be thinking, we actually created a twist on The Gold Rush.

In terms of the whisk(e)y, a bourbon-matured scotch is ideal, or simply a bourbon, or at a push, just anything that's not peated! For a truly perfect choice see below...

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Ballantine’s 12 Year Old Trip – Part Two

by Ben Ellefsen     19. September 2013 11:48

Ballantines helmet

So – with the distillery tour over and done with, it was time to move onto the main event; that which we had all been invited along to see. The deconstruction of Ballantine's 12 Year Old.

Before we get into all that though, I’d like everyone to take a second to behold the image below:

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Plunder a Free dram o' Rumbullion! for Talk Like A Pirate Day!

by Sam Smith     18. September 2013 09:35

Pirate blog

Garr! What be this shiny box? What be a blog? Can I fight it? Garr!

Ahoy there, mateys! It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, it be! Well, it actually be tomorrow, but why settle for one day, when ye can have two? Set sail for yellin', poor grammar 'n' parrots! Yarr!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day be the best day for rum! Spicy like a hell-hound’s bark 'n' temptin' as a Siren’s song, rum be some o' arr favarrite booty. Yo ho ho 'n' a bottle o' rum!

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