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Diageo Special Releases 2014

by Jake Mountain     7. November 2014 17:00

Diageo Special Releases 2014 Caol Ila 30yo

On Tuesday evening I found myself the nearest thing to a corner possible at a curvy and buzzing Magazine Restaurant in Kensington Gardens on a cold, rainy November night. Here I would attempt to write some meaningful tasting notes for 11 limited edition cask strength single malts in a couple of hectic hours, including the time it would take to fight through the crowd each time I needed to move on to new whiskies, and the time it would take for the smell of prawn hors d'oeuvres to dissipate each time the diligent waitresses came over to offer them.

Meanwhile, our Spirits Buyer Toby Cutler (he's nice, you'd like him - he really enjoys a good picture of Kevin Costner, or Chris Tucker for that matter) was having no such problem as he enjoyed a range of whiskies, some quite valuable, in a leisurely fashion alongside some pleasant conversation. Add all of this up, and it can only mean one thing: it was the launch of Diageo's much-anticipated 2014 Special Releases!

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Ask #WhiskySanta... He'll grant one wish per day!

by Whisky Santa     6. November 2014 15:56

Whisky Santa Pug

Greetings, chums. It’s your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being here, Whisky Santa! Around this time of year, I always start feeling particularly generous. Usually I just give the reindeer some extra carrots and be done with it, but this year, I’m going all out with the presents for drinks fans. I’ve already upgraded 1 in 10 Whisky Advent Calendars to Premium Whisky Advent Calendars, and now, I’m going to grant one wish per day for you lucky people!

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Whisky Santa upgrades 1 in 10 Whisky Advent Calendars!

by Ben Ellefsen     30. October 2014 15:12

Whisky Santa Whisky Advent Calendars 2014

So - our Advent Calendar pre-order promotion is over, and we're sure that those of you who entered are dying to know the results.

Well, you can wait for a bit, because there's a few videos of Muzzle-loading handguns to get through first...

You see, Whisky Santa had a problem. He needed to select 1 in 10 of his feted Whisky Advent Calendars to be upgraded to the Premium version, but the problem is, like all supernatural beings (including The Flying Spaghetti Monster*, The Tooth Fairy and Elvis), Whisky Santa is Omniscient.

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Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers!

by Sam Smith     28. October 2014 14:13

Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers

Before we get started, yes, we know. We’re banging on about Christmas and it’s not even Halloween yet. Most of us at MoM Towers are only just putting the finishing touches to our costumes - this year I’m changing it up from my usual Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’ cop and going as a horse with Jake. He’s kindly volunteered to be the back half (but he doesn't know that yet).

However, the Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers were recently put up for pre-order and now we can’t but feel all Christmassy and whatnot. Just look at these handsome little rascals! Don’t expect to find any tiny rulers, giant plastic paper-clips or ridiculously easy puzzles here, oh no. These Christmas Crackers are filled with award-winning spirits and liqueurs!

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Master of Cocktails - The Silver Lining

by Ben Ellefsen     27. October 2014 11:07

Master of Cocktails The Silver Lining

For this week's #MasterofCocktails, we have a Silver Lining recipe. It's a twist on a whiskey sour using Licor 43 Cuarenta y Tres, which is one of those sort of inexplicable flavours, like Vimto or Dr. Pepper. But with the added bonus of making you better at telling stories, and really good at playing pool. It's sort of chocolatey, and also sort of vanilla-y.

This drink is courtesy of Jim Meehan's PDT Cocktail Book. You should really all have this, it's a superbly curated compendium:

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David Beckham Haig Club Single Grain Whisky

by Jake Mountain     22. October 2014 12:21

David Beckham Haig Club Grain Whisky

This is really a follow up to my previous post 'Will Grain Whisky be promoted to the Big League as David Beckham signs for Haig Club?', where I talk more generally about single grain and David Beckham as well as taste the Girvan 25yo. Since then a couple of things have happened. Firstly, the brand and the whisky are out there now - from teaser shots where you don't even get to see Becks' face back in July, to us having the whisky for sale on the site, to the Global Launch at the start of October through to the release of the UK television advert at the end of last week. The other thing that's happened is that I've actually got around to tasting it now, finally!

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Master of Cocktails - Gin & It

by Ben Ellefsen     20. October 2014 14:53

Master of Cocktails Gin & It

Hello again, time for another #MasterofCocktails, innit? Now this one's not a particularly common drink, but it's a recipe that's definitely worth having in your repertoire. We're going to make a 'Gin and It'. The 'It' being a contraction of 'Italian Vermouth', which makes up 50% of the drink.

I've chosen to use St. George Dry Rye Gin as the gin for this drink - it's made from a much more flavourful spirit which, whilst it's not necessarily more authentic for the drink, it does lend it a punchy white-dog-esque flavour.

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Auchentoshan 25 Year Old 1988 Wine Cask Finish - "YEEAAAHHHH!!!"

by Jake Mountain     17. October 2014 16:18

Auchentoshan 1988 Wine Cask Finish

A 25 year old 1988 vintage. That's quite enough about me though. Feeling a little guilty that I haven't got to this whisky already (we received the package with the sample about a month ago), I'm now making a concious effort in these busy 'already-sort-of-started-but-also-still-building-up-to-Christmas-retailing' times to get to it before my birthday, after which I'll suddenly have a little less in common with it.

Everybody enjoys getting their hands on a whisky distilled in the year of their birth, it's fun. It's one of those things that shouldn't really matter perhaps, but many people are willing to fork out that little bit (or lot-a-bit) extra to get their paws on something from 'their vintage'. Something that's spent the same amount of time on this oblate spheroid as they have. Indeed, some whisky lovers go out of their way to secure these as often as possible. But if it's the same age as you as well? Better still, surely?

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Master of Cocktails - Pisco Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     13. October 2014 09:31

Master of Cocktails pisco sour

Well hello friends. I almost didn't see you there. Is it time for a drink? Seems a lot like it, doesn't it? Today we're making a sour recipe with an oft-maligned ingredient, Pisco. If you're not familiar with pisco (or worse, if you've only tried the really cheap stuff), it's worth getting to know.

It's in the brandy/grappa family, made in Peru (and Chile, which has caused quite a rivalry between the two nations - many thanks to @robbo_123 for this knowledge). We'll be using a perfect example of truly ace pisco - Payet Acholado.

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Glenfiddich 18 Year Old's New Packaging and the 12-Pointed Antlers

by Jake Mountain     9. October 2014 16:45

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old New Bottle Launch

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old will soon be getting some new threads in the form of a new bottle, label and tin, thus differentiating it from the 12 and 15 year old offerings in the core range. Present at the unveiling of the new packaging, created with Here Design, we can confirm that the changes aren't drastic or overblown - it still feels very much like the 18yo rather than being anywhere near as grand as the 21yo, whilst nevertheless providing more of a bridge to the the older, more expensive offering. This approach is clear right from seeing the new square tin. (The price, by the way, isn't changing.)

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