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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 2: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Whisky Advent

Time to tear open window #2 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

Today is Day 2 of Whisky Advent 2016, so let’s go right ahead and dig in to the whisky that is sitting behind window #2 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, which is… Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera!

This Speyside single malt features plenty of the Christmas-y whisky notes that we all want to enjoy on winter evenings (nutmeg, orange, fruitcake) after its maturation in Sherry and new oak casks, which is then followed by a period in a solera vat. Their solera vat has been kept half full since 1998, providing on ongoing conversation between the spirit.


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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 1: The Lost Distilleries Blend

Lost Distilleries Blend Whisky Advent

It’s the first of December – let’s open up window #1 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

December is finally upon us. This could mean many things to many people. To some, it means they ought to start figuring out what to get their friends for Christmas. For others, it’s a surefire sign to pull out that stockpile of woolly jumpers and wear them all at once until you look like Joey from Friends wearing all of Chandler’s clothes. However, for us here at MoM Towers and whisky lovers around the world, December 1st means one thing: it’s time to crack open window #1 on Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!


Categories : Tasting Notes, Whisky
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#BagThisBottle – Win a Whisky Advent Calendar!

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Win a Free Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar on Twitter!

Whilst chatting with that splendid #WhiskySanta fellow recently, we became aware of the thousands of wishes he’s receiving for Drinks by the Dram’s fantastic spirits-filled Advent Calendars. With December fast approaching, we thought we’d give everyone another chance to bag one by bringing back the ever-popular #BagThisBottle!

Here’s how you could bag yourself a free Whisky Advent Calendar on Twitter in just a few quick clicks…


Categories : Competitions, Whisky
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Master of Malt named IWSC Online Retailer of the Year!

IWSC Online Retailer Trophy

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded the Online Retailer of the Year Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition for the second time in three years!

Just days after our last pieces of exciting awards news from the DEAs and Icons of Whisky – and capping off a truly extraordinary year – last night we received the Online Retailer of the Year Trophy at the 47th annual International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards Banquet.

This is the second time we’ve received this extremely prestigious IWSC title in the trophy’s three year history, having picked up the inaugural online retailer award in 2014. To be recognised once again by such a well-respected authority across all of wine and spirits is an incedible, slightly dizzying acheivement, and one that obviously makes us burst with pride!

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Spotlight on… Lagavulin + Win a Trip to the Distillery!

Spotlight on Lagavulin

We’re having a good ol’ look at Lagavulin today, and we’re also giving you the chance to win a trip to the legendary distillery; including a tour, tasting, bottles and even some peat cutting!

Throughout 2016, the Lagavulin distillery on the Isle of Islay has been celebrating its 200th Anniversary. If 200 years of delicious well-peated whisky production isn’t something worth a year-long celebration, we don’t know what is! Fancy a trip to the Lagavulin distillery to see where they’ve been distilling for all these years, along with a whisky tasting, peat-cutting experience and signed bottles? Then you’ll want to enter our competition to win all of that!!!

Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Two More Online Retailer of the Year Awards for Master of Malt!

Master of Malt Digital Entrepreneur Awards

We’ve been named Online Retailer of the Year at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2016, and also Online Retailer of the Year – Rest of World at the Icons of Whisky for the fifth time in six years!

It’s already been an extraordinary year for awards, beginning back in March when we were named Global Online Retailer of the Year at Whisky Mag’s Icons of Whisky 2016. The Global Icons works by taking the winners from America, Scotland and Rest of World regions through to a grand final, and as we head towards the end the year, the 2017 Rest of the World results have now been revealed! We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve been named Online Retailer of the Year – Rest of World by Whisky Mag for the fifth time in six years (going on to claim the global crown the previous four times in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as 2016). It’s a record we’re naturally *immensely* proud of, and which means a lot to all of us here.


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Wanted: Hotshot Digital Marketeer to be our Digital Marketing Lead

Digital Marketeer Wanted

We’re looking for a hotshot Digital Marketeer to become our Digital Marketing Lead!

If you’re an avid reader of this blog then you’ll know a few things about us, including the fact that we’re occasionally flattered to receive awards for our endeavours from both within and without the drinks industry (see the ISC Awards and the eCommerce Awards for recent examples).


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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 Winners

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017

Jim Murray has announced the winners in this year’s Whisky Bible, with a rye claiming top spot for the second year running and a Scotch whisky in the top three for the first time since 2014.

Following on from Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Canadian rye, it’s an American rye whiskey that’s been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible this time around: Booker’s ‘Big Time Batch’, aged for 13 years, 1 month and 12 days. Laid down by the legendary Booker Noe himself in 2003, shortly before his death, his son continued to watch over the casks and they were finally released earlier this year. Booker’s first ever rye, it was already described by Beam as an “extremely rare, limited edition offering, made from a very limited number of barrels” and will now become an even more sought-after bottling.


Categories : American Whiskey, News, Whisky
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A Big Night for Master of Malt at the eCommerce Awards 2016


Last night we took home an array of awesome awards from the eCommerce Awards 2016, including Medium eCommerce Company of the Year and The eCommerce Gold Award!

We’re immensely proud to say that at the eCommerce Awards 2016 last night we ended up taking home four amazing awards! It’s always beyond humbling to be recognised for doing something that people are excited about, especially among the great competition at last night’s ceremony.


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Diageo Special Releases 2016

Diageo Special Release 2016

The 2016 Special Releases are available for Pre-Order now and we tasted them all last night, including the oldest ever Port Ellen!

When it comes to whisky releases, Diageo’s aptly named annual Special Releases always attract plenty of excitement each year. This year’s selection including whiskies from Port Ellen, Brora, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Cragganmore, Linkwood, Auchroisk, Mannochmore and Cambus distilleries, all of which (at the time of writing) are available to Pre-Order!

One thing you may notice, is that we’re not going to be doing our lotteries or charity auctions for any of these, as we have for some other exciting releases this year, and there’s a simple reason for that. Unlike the situation we had with the Yamazaki Sherry Cask, for example (or will have shortly with a certain collection of American whiskeys), Diageo have endeavoured to price the rarer releases at their ‘market value’. That’s why the prices went up so quickly a couple of years back as they bridged the gap before more or less levelling out (this year’s Port Ellen, from ever-depleting supplies, is £100 more than last year, an increase of around 4%, whereas there had been increases of 100% in recent years).


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