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Win a bottle of Esker Honey Spiced Gin in our caption competition!

A caption competition?! That takes us back! Why, we haven’t run one of those in years! Just as we were searching through the archives, indulging in many lolz and contemplating…

A caption competition?! That takes us back! Why, we haven’t run one of those in years! Just as we were searching through the archives, indulging in many lolz and contemplating prizes, along came the friendly folks from Esker Spirits with their final bottles of Esker Honey Spiced Gin. The game, friends, is on!

Full of wit and a fan of all things gin and honey? This is the caption competition for you. Behold the image below. Yes, we have a cat holding, nay, clinging to its precious honey, with a scowl fierce enough to fend off any and all potential assailants. We appreciate the cat’s clear dedication to the liquid gold that is honey, and have accordingly made it the subject of the aforementioned caption competition. High praise indeed.

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Master of Malt scoops 2018 Global Online Retailer of the Year title!

It is with tremendous pride (and some hysterical over excitement) that we can announce some marvellous news. Tonight was the Whisky Magazine Awards, with the winners of the World Whiskies…

It is with tremendous pride (and some hysterical over excitement) that we can announce some marvellous news. Tonight was the Whisky Magazine Awards, with the winners of the World Whiskies Awards and Icons of Whisky announced, including the global online retailer title. And guess what? We only went and bloody well won it!

This award means a LOT to us. We absolutely love whisky (obvs) and we really, really care about sharing its delectable tastiness with the world. This is the perfect accolade to sum up our passions, and it’s incredible to get our mitts on the trophy again!

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And the Teeling Irish Whiskey one-of-a-kind decanter winner is…

We love Irish whiskey all year round, but in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day we rarely reach for anything else. So we were thrilled to team up with Teeling…

We love Irish whiskey all year round, but in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day we rarely reach for anything else. So we were thrilled to team up with Teeling Whiskey Company to offer one lucky winner a super-duper, one-of-a-kind 1991 single cask decanter to mark the 2018 occasion!

Up for grabs was a specially-created-just-for-you decanter of Teeling Irish Whiskey, hand-drawn by Teeling master distiller Alex Chasko from a 1991 cask he’d personally selected. Not only would the decanter bear Chasko’s signature, but the label would also carry the winner’s name. Exciting indeed!

Funnily enough, we had LOADS of interest in this competition. One-of-a-kind personalised decanters don’t grow on trees, after all. And it’s even more exciting when you know the whiskey inside will be incredible!

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Join the Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 3 Judging Panel!

It’s that time of year again – not Easter, but Battle of the Blends! We’ve once again teamed up with Whisky Magazine to host the contest for a third year,…

It’s that time of year again – not Easter, but Battle of the Blends! We’ve once again teamed up with Whisky Magazine to host the contest for a third year, and WE NEED YOU AND YOUR PALATE!

Yep, we need YOU to join the judging panel. How, you may ask? Simply snap up a 1p (yes, 1p. Your eyes do not deceive you.) Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 3 Judging Set, and get ready to choose your favourite blend!

What is this Battle of the Blends we speak of? If you’re not a Whisky Magazine reader, let’s bring you up to speed. This is the third edition of the head-to-head battle, where two talented whisky industry types take a cask and come up with their own expertly and intricately crafted blend in it. The precious liquids are then swiftly drammed by Drinks by the Dram, whisked to MoM HQ, and then securely packaged to be sent out to our illustrious judging panel, who then decide who will be crowned the Battle of the Blends Challenge No.3 champion!

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Master of Malt Dram Club – March 2018

March has arrived, meaning Master of Malt Dram Club members can tuck in to another expertly-chosen selection of drams! The shortest month of 2018 is in the rear-view mirror. March…

March has arrived, meaning Master of Malt Dram Club members can tuck in to another expertly-chosen selection of drams!

The shortest month of 2018 is in the rear-view mirror. March is here, and it has brought a brand new bundle of Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets for you to get your noodle-y appendages on. However, March has yet to offer up an explanation as to why there is currently snow on the ground here at MoM Towers, or why everyone got so excited about the Winter Olympics this year. So, y’know, March still has work to do. Either way, let’s look at those aforementioned Dram Club Tasting Sets before anyone gets any ideas about linking those two mysteries together and starting a brand new conspiracy theory website.

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Master of Malt scoops Icons of Whisky ROW Online Retailer award!

Exciting news for a Tuesday – we’re beyond thrilled that Master of Malt has been named Online Retailer of the Year 2018 by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky…

Exciting news for a Tuesday – we’re beyond thrilled that Master of Malt has been named Online Retailer of the Year 2018 by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky Rest of the World stage!

The Icons of Whisky awards take place throughout the year in regional ‘semi-final’-equivalents, ahead of a big global grand final extravaganza.

This is the sixth time in seven years that we’ve been named Icons of Whisky Online Retailer of the Year – Rest of the World by Whisky Magazine – a feat we are super proud of. (We’ve also gone on to claim the global crown five times, in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Needless to say, anticipation among the team is reaching fever pitch to see what 2018 may bring!)

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Master of Malt Dram Club – February 2018

With January out of the way (finally), we can get on with what’s really important – the rest of 2018, starting with February and the marvellous Master of Malt Dram…

With January out of the way (finally), we can get on with what’s really important – the rest of 2018, starting with February and the marvellous Master of Malt Dram Club sets members can expect this month!

Right. I think we can all agree that we’ve had it up to here with January and, frankly, it can absolutely do one. We welcome February, for all of its only-28-day-long and Pancake-Day-having goodness, with open arms. Also, since it’s a new month, that means there are new Master of Malt Dram Club set for members to sink their teeth in to. Let’s have ourselves a look…

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#MyTaliskerAdventure Instagram Competition Winners!

It’s time to announce the three winners of our Talisker Instagram competition, which saw you share your spirit of adventure photographs in your droves for the opportunity to win a…

It’s time to announce the three winners of our Talisker Instagram competition, which saw you share your spirit of adventure photographs in your droves for the opportunity to win a bottle of Talisker 18 Year Old!

Having already announced the winner of our incredible trip to Skye and Talisker distillery, it’s now time to reveal who’s been victorious in our accompanying Instagram comp! Back in November we asked you to get ’grammin’ with #MyTaliskerAdventure and show us your spirit of adventure for a chance to win a bottle of the excellent Talisker 18 Year Old. You didn’t disappoint!

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The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old: Lotteries and Charity Auctions

Hello, fellow whisky lover. You might’ve heard about a little thing called The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old. Well, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on six bottles…

Hello, fellow whisky lover. You might’ve heard about a little thing called The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old. Well, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on six bottles – and this is what we’re gonna do with ’em.

Want to find out when this is all going down? See the timeline below.

If you’re not sure what all the faff is about, let us explain. This extraordinary bottling is a blend of single malt whiskies aged entirely in Mizunara casks for at least 18 years. Mizunara oak is only found in a few regions in Japan, so it’s pretty hard to come by; it’s also soft and porous, so it’s not particularly great at retaining liquid. Suntory Whisky persevered, and released just 1,000 bottles of this unbelievable whisky worldwide – of which we’re delighted to have six.

To say this bottling is highly sought-after is an understatement. It has an RRP of £1,000, but a quick Google search confirms that it’s going for way more than that already (Think double that price, or even more…), which is why we’ve decided to split our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction.

This has been the case with rarities like this for the past few years (most recently, the hotly-anticipated Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017, and before that, the Yamazaki Sherry Cask Release, to name just a few). If you’re wondering what the hell we’re on about, we invite you to read this post for an in-depth explanation.

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Talisker competition: And the winner is…

Cast your mind waaaay back, before you hit the gym to sweat out those New Year’s resolutions, before you pilfered the last of the roast potatoes on Christmas Day, and before…

Cast your mind waaaay back, before you hit the gym to sweat out those New Year’s resolutions, before you pilfered the last of the roast potatoes on Christmas Day, and before you elbowed someone in the face to claim the last inflatable unicorn horn gift for your cat.

In those calm November days before chaos ensured, we teamed up with single malt Scotch whisky Talisker to offer one lucky winner and their plus-one a two-night trip to the Isle of Skye.

Not just any old stopover either. This extraordinary adventure included travel within the UK, two nights full board on Skye, a distillery tour, a day of action-packed activities tailored to the winner’s choosing, personalised bottles of whisky for each guest, plus a special signed bottle of Talisker 30 Year Old to boot.

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