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Author: Kristiane Sherry

Master of Malt picks up Icons of Gin Online Retailer of the Year 2018!

About last night… if you follow our social channels you’ll know we had a rather exciting evening. We’re incredibly proud to announce we’ve been named Gin Magazine’s Icons of Gin Online Retailer of the Year 2018!

This is a big deal for us, and the whole team is beyond thrilled. It was the inaugural Icons of Gin competition and we were up against some big names, so this means a lot.

Categories : Gin, News
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International Scotch Day 2018 highlights!

Happy International Scotch Day 2018! On 8 February people around the world will be raising a dram to all things Scotch. We’ll be updating this post all day with the highlights from around the world – get involved on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #InternationalScotchDay and #LoveScotch (or leave a comment below) to share your celebrations with us!

International Scotch Day is back! Billed as a global fiesta for Scotch whisky fans, 8 February marks a collective dram-raising through events, bar activities, and good old-fashioned catching up with friends over a drop of the good stuff.

With events going on all around the world, we thought we’d bring you a round-up of our highlights. And keep your eyes peeled – our very own Annie is taking in not one but two Scotch whisky distillery visits to mark the occasion!

Follow all Annie’s action on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds – or just chill out here. And just in case you’ve been stuck under a rock, you can get the whole International Scotch Day lowdown in yesterday’s blog.


Categories : News, Scotch Whisky
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Get set for International Scotch Day 2018!

Back in January we brought you news that International Scotch Day was making a riotous return for 2018. Well, tomorrow’s the day! From at-home cocktails to heading to your favourite bar, there are a whole host of ways you can get involved and raise a dram to all things Scotch

A celebration of everything that makes Scotch, Scotch – International Scotch Day is back for a second outing, and the celebrations are set to be bigger than ever. On 8 February, Scotch fans in more than 70 countries will be able to join the collective party, with activities spanning at-home dram pouring and cocktail making to distillery open days, fancy red-carpet galas, and more. And we’ll be following the action right here on the MoM Blog! [UPDATE: Today’s the day! Keep up to date with all the International Scotch Day goings on in today’s blog post.]

“We want people to be thinking, drinking and talking about Scotch,” Donald Colville, Diageo’s global malts ambassador, told us in the run-up to the event. “It is very much about recruiting new people to the category but also giving those who absolutely love Scotch whisky, the connoisseurs, and the real lovers of Scotch, the opportunity to enjoy International Scotch Day as well.”

We know exactly where we can find lovers of all things whisky: right here on the MoM blog! So here’s the International Scotch Day low-down, the whos, wheres and hows of the day, and most importantly, the details of where you can follow all the action.

Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Master of Malt-exclusive Redbreast 16 Year Old 2001 Single Cask!

Bear with us while we compose ourselves – the latest Master of Malt exclusive bottling is here and it’s so good it’s got us in a right fluster. Behold: Redbreast 16 Year Old 2001 Single Cask!

Lingo that we like here are MoM Towers: whisky. Irish whiskey. Single pot still. Single cask. Cask strength. It’s like the most wonderful game of word association.

So imagine the joy – nay, near-frenzy – when the fruit of our intrepid spirits buyers’ latest adventure found its way into the office. Redbreast 16 Year Old 2001 Single Cask is a delectably divine single pot still showcase – and it is also a Master of Malt exclusive, which sent the excitement levels well and truly through the roof!

Categories : Irish Whiskey
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Happy 120th Anniversary Glen Moray! Part 2: Graham Coull Q&A

Back in September we joined single malt Scotch whisky maker Glen Moray to mark the distillery’s 120th anniversary. While we were there we caught up with distillery manager Graham Coull to discuss how Glen Moray – and the wider industry – has changed during his 12 years in role.

Time flies when you’re having fun. This is possibly the most belated follow-up post ever – Glen Moray’s epic 120th anniversary bash feels like it was yesterday, but in fact took place back in September. We just wanted to extend the celebrations!

You can catch up on events and get a feel for Glen Moray’s history in this earlier post. While we were up in Scotland with the Glen Moray team we grabbed 10 minutes with Graham Coull, only the fifth distillery manager in the brand’s long history. He took the helm in 2005, when Glen Moray was still owned by the Glenmorangie Company. The distillery was taken over by French drinks group La Martiniquaise in 2008 – and if you think September to November 2017 zipped past, it’s extraordinary just how much has happened at Glen Moray under Coull’s tenure.

Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Kingsbarns Distillery: Inception, innovation and inclusivity

As Scotch whisky-maker Kingsbarns Distillery’s new-make spirit edges closer to coming of age, we catch up with co-founder William Wemyss to talk about the distillery’s progress, the Kingsbarns Founders’ Club and what innovation in whisky looks like today.

According to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) there are 123 whisky distilleries in Scotland – with at least 14 joining the ranks since 2013. One of those was the Wemyss Malts-backed Kingsbarns Distillery, which officially opened its doors in December 2014.

Located close to the Fife’s North Sea coast, the distillery is a converted farm, housed in buildings which date back to around 1800. The site is a compelling blend of old and new – similar in a way to how the fledgling distillery sits within the wider Scotch whisky industry, a sector heavy in terms of both history and the size of the businesses which largely control it.


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Cooper King: A very different whisky distillery

What drives a couple to quit two lucrative careers and build a Tasmanian-inspired whisky distillery in Yorkshire? We explore the story behind the Cooper King Distillery, England’s newest single malt whisky-maker.

“We got a bit bored and left our jobs and just started following our dreams, I guess,” Abbie Neilson takes a sip of her lemonade as we chat about one new distillery in particular set to join the swelling ranks of English whisky producers. Spirit might not yet flow at the Yorkshire-based Cooper King Distillery, but it already comes with a backstory that could fill the annals.

Categories : World Whisky
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Old Forester whiskey names distillery manager for multi-million dollar site

Its historic distillery build is well under way, we’ve seen the stills get delivered, and now American whiskey brand Old Forester has named its first distillery manager to take the reins at its new site.

Juan Merizalde Carrillo will manage the new $45 million-dollar distillery, due to open in spring 2018. He joins the wider Old Forester team which includes president Campbell Brown, master taster Jackie Zykan, and Chris Morris, who is master distiller across parent company Brown-Forman (you may know him best for his Woodford Reserve creations).


Categories : American Whiskey
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The Diageo Special Releases 2017 Tasting Set is here!

Big Diageo Special Releases fan? Wish there was a way to sample the whole caboodle in one go? You’re in luck – prayers and petitions have worked and the Diageo Special Releases 2017 Tasting Set is now a thing!

The Special Releases drum up quite the following when the whiskies are unveiled each year. Love or loathe the concept, we bet your Twitterbooks feeds are packed with opinions and tasting notes as the liquid is revealed. With the 2017 outturn featuring the likes of Port Ellen, Brora, an unusual blended malt, and the oldest whisky ever bottled by Diageo (Port Dundas 52yo), this autumn saw Special Releases perhaps pack the biggest punch yet.

Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain 12yo top in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018

The “sheer undiluted beauty” of Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 Years has nabbed it the title of world’s best whisky in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018.

Just as it says on the tin, the expression is made using a quartet of grains – corn, rye, wheat and malted barley – and scored 97.5 out of 100 in Murray’s nose-taste-finish-balance assessment system.

“Nothing could match the astonishing beauty of its surprisingly delicate weight and complexity combined,” Murray said of the whiskey. “It was though time stood still in the tasting room; I just knew…”

Categories : American Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, World Whisky
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