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Author: Kristiane Sherry

Like live music? Love whisky? Meet the Rhythm & Booze Project!

Whisky and music go hand in hand. But what would a truly immersive, fun-centric experience look like, sound like and taste like, so that both are equally celebrated? We chat with drinks writer and musician Felipe Schrieberg who is attempting just that. We’re all ears.

Press releases fly into MoM Towers on a daily basis. It takes a certain level of excitement or intrigue for us to sit up at really take note. But that was exactly the reaction when advance notice of the Rhythm & Booze Project reached us last month. It goes without saying that we are booze fans. We live it, breathe it, hell, sometimes we even drink it. And the rhythm part also appealed. From obscure hip hop to ’90s pop, there’s nothing we like more than a light boogie of an evening.

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Johnnie Walker opens proper posh flagship store in Madrid

If you love blended whisky and happen to be in Madrid, listen up. There’s a new Johnnie Walker flagship where you can take a tasting class, mix cocktails, test your olfactory sense, and more! We had a nose about at the opening and can confirm it is worth the hype.

There’s a new Scotch whisky destination to add to your bucket list, and it’s not even in Scotland. Yes, folks – it’s the new Johnnie Walker flagship on a fancy high-end shopping street in the centre of the Spanish capital, Madrid.

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Drinks by the Dram’s boozy baubles are [almost] here!

We love Drinks by the Dram’s Advent calendars and reckon the crackers are right cracking, too. Now the folks behind the delicious festiveness have only gone and made Christmas trees even more Christmassy with mega marvellous baubles filled with whisky and gin!

We like Christmas trees here at MoM Towers. A real one brings the aroma of the outside indoors, and artificial ones give us Christmas vibes year after year, with as much tenacity as Mariah Carey at the festive karaoke. But the decorations… we reckon they could be… well… tastier. Tinsel really just doesn’t cut it.

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Building Brand Wales at Aber Falls Distillery!

We took a trip to Aber Falls to discover North Wales’ first whisky distillery in over 100 years – and found incredible landscapes, a deep-rooted passion for the region, and an abundance of delicious gins along the way, too!

“Look at Japan, what they’ve done. Welsh whisky could really come forward with a bit of a similar model to those guys,” James Wright, Aber Falls managing director, is not lacking in ambition. It’s a bold claim, especially when you consider the international following that Japanese whisky has. Such is the demand that age statements are now a rare and very expensive thing. Could Welsh whisky ever really reach such heights?
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That Boutique-y Rum Company is here!

Exciting news, rum fiends: That Boutique-y Drinks Company has unveiled its latest collection of independently bottled spirits. We hightailed it up to London to check out the nine inaugural expressions from That Boutique-y Rum Company!

At MoM Towers we tend to be fans of small-batch spirits. Single cask whiskies, unusual gins, intriguing Tequilas… Oh yes. So when news reached us that the folks behind That Boutique-y Whisky Company and That Boutique-y Gin Company had snaffled up vats and casks from some of the world’s most thrilling rum producers… Well, frankly, we were beyond excited. And behold: That Boutique-y Rum Company was born!

The world of rum is a big, bold, and diverse one. Where to start? With rum expert Peter Holland, off of The Floating Rum Shack, of course. Holland himself helped to create the range, which spans unusual cask offerings, high-ester pot-still delights, and even an agricole-style bottling from Portugal.
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Why rum is for life, not just International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Yes, we all know the pirate tropes. And it is fun to talk like one. But rum is far more than comedy lingo and skull and cross bones. Here’s why the drink should be on your ‘serious’ imbibing list…

We’ve been chatting like pirates all day here at MoM Towers. And for a good cause. Not just for lolz (although it has been entertaining), but because we come to you with a very important message, and we needed to grab your attention. Here goes: rum is more than just a silly pirate stereotype.

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Meet Cladach, the blended malt that completes Diageo Special Releases 2018

Last month we joined Diageo to taste the Special Releases 2018 cohort – but there was one expression we were asked to keep under wraps. Until now. The mysterious 10th Scotch whisky expression is… Cladach!

‘What IS Cladach?’, we hear you cry. No, it is not the first release from a secret new distillery (although like many new releases it doesn’t carry an age statement). It is a blended malt from six coastal distilleries: Caol Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Oban, Inchgower and Talisker. And it’s delicious.
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We tasted Diageo Special Releases 2018 and (almost) all the deets are here!

Diageo Special Releases

Last night we were treated to a highly classified tasting of Diageo’s Special Releases 2018 line-up. Yes, we felt like secret agents – and yes, the whole thing was GOOOOOOOOD. We’ve got the lowdown on [most of] the whiskies for you, right here, right now.

First up… We’re publishing this post a little sooner than expected. We pinky-promised to keep all the Special Releases secrets shtumn until 12 September, i.e. the official press launch date. But! This afternoon we were alerted that not every drinks writer is as good as keeping secrets as we are. Boo. But it DOES mean we can now bring you some details of how the Special Releases 2018 line-up actually tastes!

Every year the Special Releases collection gets tongues (and taste buds) wagging. The [usually] 10-strong collection of Scotch whiskies from an array of Diageo distilleries is a showcase of cask-strength deliciousness, a celebration of flavour, and there’s often one of two unusual bottlings thrown in for good measure… This year was no exception.
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How did The Glenlivet, Chivas Regal and Jameson perform in 2018?

With Pernod Ricard’s full-year sales results hot off the press, we take a peek at how the likes of Scotch whiskies The Glenlivet and Chivas Regal, Ireland’s Jameson, Cognac brand Martell and Absolut vodka fared in 2017/18. Spoiler alert: Scotch wasn’t the star of the show…

It’s results season, folks! Big companies left, right and centre are publishing their annual (or quarterly) reports, giving us an insight into how they’re getting on sales-wise. Today it’s the turn of Pernod Ricard to disclose its full-year data to the end of June. We had a nose through the docs and crunched the numbers to see how some of the world’s biggest drinks brands got on…
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Q&A: Alasdair Day, R&B Distillers co-founder!

We meet Alasdair Day, R&B Distillers, to chat Tweeddale blends, his whisky heritage and what the future holds for blended Scotch whiskies…

R&B Distillers is a company on a fascinating journey. Inspired by a mysterious old ledger, its Tweeddale blended Scotch whiskies challenge long-held conventions around the category. Its first distillery, Isle of Raasay, is bringing jobs and tourists to the eponymous little-known Hebridean island. And there’s a second distillery in the works in Scotland’s Borders region, too. Co-founder Alasdair Day is the driving force behind it all, and we caught up with him over the phone to talk specifically about all things Tweeddale…

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