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Author: Adam O'Connell

From phoenix to dragon: How Welsh whisky rose from the ashes

Welsh Whisky

In celebration of St. David’s Day, we’re exploring the revival of Welsh whisky. Join us as we talk to Penderyn Distillery about identity and innovation, consider the category’s exciting future, and recommend some terrific festive tipples.

With the world whisky map ever broadening and countless distilleries popping up on almost every continent, malt enthusiasts have had plenty to choose from in recent times. However, with St David’s Day just around the corner (Thursday 1 March 2018) we thought it was an apt moment to champion the Welsh option. After all, its fledgling scene is producing some absolute corkers, and this looks set to continue over the coming years.


Categories : News, Whisky
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London’s The Gibson joins forces with Copperhead to launch savoury gin

The Gibson

Welcome to the world of savoury gin! Esteemed London bar The Gibson has partnered with Belgian spirits producer Copperhead to create a gin that’ll shake up your Martinis, liven your tonics and spice up your life…

Even those with a fleeting interest in spirits will be aware of the sheer enormity of the gin category these days. Standing out in an era where there is a glut of juniper goodness has become increasingly difficult, and it really takes something quite special to make a lasting impression.


Categories : Cocktails, Gin, News, Tasting Notes
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Welcome to The Macallan Whisky Lounge: the UK’s first!

The Macallan Whisky Lounge

The rumours are true – The Macallan Whisky Lounge has hit the UK! We fill you in on all the details, talk to the bar manager about what to expect, and walk you through an exclusive World Whisky Tour…

It’s not often a celebrated whisky distillery opens a dedicated whisky lounge, but Speyside masters The Macallan have only gone and done just that. Located within Vauxhall-based European-Japanese fusion restaurant Four Degree, this is the brand’s first UK lounge, with the other situated on the second floor of the Galaxy Hotel in Macau, China (the Vauxhall location is thankfully a far simpler commute).


Categories : American Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Scotch Whisky
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Check out these heart-warming Valentine’s Day spirits!

In news that will come as no surprise to the romantic, the lovelorn and the rest, National Singles Awareness Day Valentine’s Day is upon us again (on the 14th, just like it was last year).

With the day in question approaching faster than Cupid’s arrow, here at MoM Towers we just wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t make sure that you lovely lot knew where you could find the most delicious and delightful boozes for your nearest and/or dearest. So, we’ve compiled a handy list of Valentine’s presents for all you marvellous folk – we are good to you.


Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Gin, Japanese Whisky, Liqueurs
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Live Like A Captain, Pose Like A Prat

Captain Morgan has entered the world of undergarment creation this Valentine’s Day for reasons I will surely never understand…

In news I swear I’m not making up, no matter how much I wish I was, Captain Morgan has released ‘posepants’ to its exclusive apparel line. Also known as #MyCaptains (not a great start), they encourage you to pose like the good Captain himself, and have specially designed the boxers to allow you to do so.


Categories : News, Rum
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #24: The Half-Century Blend

Well folks, we made it. Christmas Eve. The final day of #WhiskyAdvent. The end of 2017’s Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. But the proceedings go out on a high – so it’s not all bad!

If you’re the observant sort, you may have noticed that it’s Christmas tomorrow.

This very exciting prospect is, however, somewhat bittersweet. It means we’re onto our last day of Drinks by the Dram’s #WhiskyAdvent for another year. It’s been some ride though, hasn’t it?

So we find ourselves at the final window, number 24. We’re delighted to report that #WhiskyAdvent is finishing as strongly as it started t(remember that dram of Glenfarclas 25 Year Old?! That now seems so long ago…).

Give me your final drum roll people, as we unveil the final #WhiskyAdvent dram of 2017… It’s The Half-Century Blend!


Categories : Cognac, Scotch Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #23: The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

It’s 23 December, which means that after today, there will be just one lonely dram left in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is almost over!

As #WhiskyAdvent draws to a bittersweet close, you’re probably eager to get straight to the point and savour what’s behind window #23.

I’m going to let you do just that! And this one is just what you want on a chilly evening as you persistently bat the cat away from the dangling decorations on your tree – a dram of reliably excellent sherried Scotch single malt from The Macallan!

Which Macallan would that be, per chance? Why it’s… The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak!


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #22: BenRiach 10 Year Old

It’s 22 December, which means that we have a mere two drams left after today in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is starting to draw to its conclusion, folks!

I bloody love #WhiskyAdvent. You know why? Because it brings this unique, whisky-soaked form of Christmas to so many people in so many places, and, ultimately, that’s what the season is all about (presumably).

And guess what? We’re not stopping yet! Behind window #22, there’s a dashing dram of… BenRiach 10 Year Old!


Categories : Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #21: Hudson Manhattan Rye

As we approach the end of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, Day #21 brings a festive celebration from across the pond!

Could there be a more Christmassy place in the world than New York City in December? You’ve seen the films (Miracle On 34th Street, Home Alone 2, Die Hard) – Christmas in NYC is the stuff dreams are made of!

Why am I suddenly talking about NYC? Well, it might have something to do with the whiskey hidden away today in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… Hudson Manhattan Rye!


Categories : American Whiskey
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #20: Kilchoman Sanaig

With only four days left of #WhiskyAdvent, Drinks by the Dram has delivered another absolutely smashing dram. Behind window #20 of its Whisky Advent Calendar is…

We’ve approached that time, people. You know what I mean.

The time when your presents should be wrapped under a glowing tree. The time when your stockings should be hung and your cards all sent out. And the time when your Christmas pudding should be sitting proud in an ‘appropriate’ amount of brandy. It’s day #20 people, and to those for whom this is all true…

… you can rest easy and help yourself to a celebratory dram!* What tempting treat offers such rewarding libation on the other side of window #20? It’s Kilchoman Sanaig!


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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