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Our English Whisky Co. Single Cask Bottlings & an Interview with Andrew Nelstrop!

by Sam Smith     31. March 2016 09:30

English Whisky Company

Long time readers of the Master of Malt Blog will know that we visited the home of the English Whisky Company in Norfolk all the way back in 2009 - over 6 years ago! Ben had a look around the awesome St. George’s Distillery, saw a dog and definitely didn’t get told off by a colleague for having to be physically dragged away from their cask storage containers.

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World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners

by Master of Malt     18. March 2016 10:35

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2016

Yesterday saw the World's Best whiskies and spirits crowned at the World Drinks Awards, including the World Whiskies Awards.

Before we get into the results though, some good news! Drinks by the Dram have once again teamed up with the World Drinks Awards to create an easy way to taste a whole bunch of these award winners! Head over to our World Drinks Awards 2016 page to browse their selection of 8 different World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners Tasting Sets.

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Master of Malt named Global Online Retailer of the Year 2016!

by Master of Malt     18. March 2016 10:30

Icons of Whisky Online Retailer

The results of Whisky Magazine's Global Icons of Whisky were revealed last night, and we're absolutely thrilled to announce that following our Rest of the World win, we've now been named Global Online Retailer of the Year 2016!

For our purpose-built website, that we've coded from the ground up and worked hard to continuously improve (there's always more to do - #goodenoughisnt), to have been recognised as the very best online retailer for whisky by the knowledgeable folk at Whisky Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2016 is a simply incredible achievement that really does make us burst with pride.

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A Goodbye from Master of Malt's #WhiskySanta for 2015

by Whisky Santa     25. December 2015 06:00

Whisky Santa

Merry Christmas everyone!

My festive work here is done and I can honestly say that this has been my favourite Christmas ever! I granted 43 wishes this year (one each and every day since 12th November) and also gave away extra gifts to thousands of lucky Master of Malt customers at the checkout! That's a total of well over £25,000 of treats!!!

I received over 24,000 wishes in total and a big thank you to all of you for spreading the good word (#WhiskySanta was delivered to twitter timelines over 21 million times during the period!). Amongst my favourite wishes to grant this year were @daxledbetter's Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing) and @DavidCraikPhoto's Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur on Twitter as well as Jo Lawson's Penderyn Bourbon Cask B227 on Facebook. Fantastic choices!

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We're Indie Islands Bottler & Grain Bottler of the Year!

by Jake Mountain     4. December 2015 17:30

Independent-Bottlers-Challenge

After being named Highland Independent Bottler of the Year in 2014 at Whisky Magazine's Independent Bottlers' Challenge, we're extremely proud to announce that for 2015 Master of Malt have picked up two overall category wins, being named:

Islands Independent Bottler of the Year 2015
&
Grain Independent Bottler of the Year 2015

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#WhiskySanta Gives Away Thousands of Gifts at the Checkout!

by Whisky Santa     27. November 2015 13:20

Whisky Santa

Well, I did say that I might have something else up my immaculately cuffed sleeve this year, and here it is! I've used my powers as an omniscient supernatural Christmas being to 'get in' to the Master of Malt checkout. From here I'll be giving away thousands of festive gifts to lucky customers (at least £20,000 worth, in fact!)...

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

by Whisky Santa     12. November 2015 16:00

Whisky Santa

[Update: He's now giving gifts away at the checkout too!]

Guess who is back... Back once again... #WhiskySanta is back! Tell all your friends and loved ones. Ho ho ho! A bit of the M&M-style wrap for you there. I like to stay current.

That's right, your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being is back from his holibobs. I may have only had ten months off after last year's festivities (during which I even received a shiny ISC award) but a tinsel-covered alarm clock has gone off somewhere and I'm feeling extremely generous once again! Time to make some lists and check them twice - lists of people using #WhiskySanta, that is - before granting one wish per day for you lucky people for a second year running!

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Battle of the Blends - The Results!

by Jake Mountain     12. October 2015 13:50

Battle of the Blends Whisky Magazine

It was truly a battle for the ages, and now - sooner than you may have expected - we can reveal the results!

If you're wondering what this Whisky Magazine #BattleOfTheBlends in association with Master of Malt business is all about then you can catch up by reading our previous blog post about the contest. Right now though, it's time to crown a champion...

The heavyweight contest between Dave Broom and Neil Ridley was decided by the noses and palates of over 250 judges including Master Blenders and well-known brand ambassadors as well as whisky and spirits writers, bloggers and enthusiasts - perhaps even your good self (if so, thank you!). Below you'll find my own Battle of the Blends tasting notes, as well as some comments from the judging panel, before the 2015 winner is revealed...

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We're Hiring a Digital Marketing Lead - Should it be you?

by Master of Malt     23. September 2015 14:09

Whisky Advent Calendar

Digital Marketing Lead
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1
Salary: Negotiable (reflective of experience): £30-42k
Role Type: Permanent
Reports To: Head of Marketing
Contact: careers@masterofmalt.com


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Become a Judge in the Battle of the Blends 2015!

by Jake Mountain     9. September 2015 09:00

Battle of the Blends Whisky Magazine

UPDATE: Following huge demand, all Judging places have now been filled!

Whisky Magazine readers will know all about the Battle of the Blends already, but for those who haven't had the pleasure of perusing their glossy pages over the last few months, it's "a truly legendary contest... a test of skill, ingenuity and the sternest of palates" as Dave 'The Rummager' Broom and Neil 'Copper Dog' Ridley go toe to toe!

The eight rounds of blending, in accordance with the Marquis of Ridley rules (see below), have taken place and it's now time for the all important judging! Excitingly, as we've been working on this alongside Whisky Mag, this means that there's an opportunity for you to be one of the esteemed judges in this battle royale, an undertaking that will involve receiving and tasting delicious whisky. Sorry about that.

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