Master of Malt Whisky Blog

Author: Kristiane Sherry

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.

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

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.
More…

Categories : News
Read the full story (no comments)

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.
More…

Categories : News
Read the full story (no comments)

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…
More…

Categories : News
Read the full story (one comment)

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…

More…

Categories : Features
Read the full story (no comments)

Scotch whisky visitor numbers hit record high!

Love visiting distilleries? So does everyone, it would seem! The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has crunched the numbers and it turns out we collectively made a record 1.9 million visits to Scotland’s whisky distilleries in 2017!

1.9 million people is the equivalent of the entire population of Latvia, or of Guinea Bissau. Or the same as everyone in Cyprus visiting a distillery twice. It’s also an 11.4% rise year-on-year, and a figure 45% higher than 2010’s visitor numbers. That’s a hefty increase.

And it also puts whisky distilleries squarely on the tourism road map. The National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle are the top attractions outside London, and they both attracted 2 million visitors each in 2017. The distilleries are catching up!
More…

Categories : News
Read the full story (no comments)

Fettercairn unveils new single malt range

One of Scotland’s lesser-known whisky distilleries is about to make a big splash on the single malt scene. Say hello to Fettercairn and meet its new – and first! – core range, comprising a 12 year old, 28 year old, 40 year old and even a 50 year old!

Dalmore is a behemoth of a whisky brand. Jura is pretty well known too. But what about Fettercairn, Whyte & Mackay’s ‘other’ distillery? Located in Aberdeenshire close to the Cairngorm mountains, the comparatively small producer has largely made spirit for blends, with the exception of its Fior and Fasque no-age statement expressions released in 2009. But that’s all about to change with the launch of a four-strong core range with some pretty hefty age statements.

More…

Categories : News
Read the full story (no comments)

The Hebridean Whisky Trail is here!

If you’re a fan of island single malts, there’s a new Scotch whisky trip to add to your bucket list. Taking in Torabhaig, Isle of Raasay, Talisker and Isle of Harris, the Hebridean Whisky Trail launches on 15 August – just in time for your summer holiday!

A collaboration between the four distilleries and CalMac Ferries, the Hebridean Whisky Trail will see guests take in the four distilleries across three islands (Torabhaig and Talisker are both on the Isle of Skye).

Tours need to be booked directly at each distillery, but the handy Hopscotch ticket from CalMac lets you zip about on all its routes for 31 days, getting between islands easily and breezily. Just want the set routes? You can book individual ferry passes for foot passengers or vehicles, too!
More…

Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
Read the full story (no comments)

Martell opens fancy rooftop bar in Cognac

Martell

Where better to enjoy a glass of Cognac than in actual Cognac? Well, Martell has upped the ante – and opened a smart rooftop bar not only in Cognac but at the top of the Gâtebourse Tower with panoramic views of the city and the Charente River. We’re revising our summer travel plans with haste…

If Cognac is your tipple of choice, you’ll be particularly excited by this development in the city that gives the spirit its name. Indigo by Martell is the newest rooftop bar in town – and we’ve already added it to our watering hole bucket list. It only kicked off proceedings last week!
More…

Categories : Cognac
Read the full story (no comments)

The Nightcap: 13 July

Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but not if you follow the world of booze! It’s been an action-packed week, and we have the glorious highlights right here, right now. It’s The Nightcap!

Happy Friday, folks! The weekend is here and it’s time to celebrate with something tasty. Perhaps a delish and straightforward dram. Or, as Beam Suntory was highlighting when we stopped by this week, a Highball in all its glory. Or a G&T, Daiquiri, Margarita… the possibilities are endless. And now we’re distracted.

So. The tumultuous week that was. England tumbled out of the World Cup (at the semi-final stage so we’re still pretty proud here at MoM Towers), Brexit was back in the headlines (did it ever leave?!), and the astonishing Thai Cave rescue came to a successful close (huge respect to the rescue team, and of course we remember Saman Kunan, the brave diver who tragically died while saving others).
More…

Categories : American Whiskey, Beer, Cocktails, Gin, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky, Wine, World Whisky
Read the full story (no comments)