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Master of Malt Dram Club – July 2018

Welcome to the second-half of 2018! Let’s start strong with a bundle of brand new tasting sets for Master of Malt Dram Club members…

The pessimists among us might look at the calendar and sneer, saying something along the lines of “Well, the days are getting shorter already…” That might be correct, but aren’t there more pertinent things to consider when glaring at the calendar – like how the new month means a whole new batch of Master of Malt Dram Club tasting sets! We reckon it’s time to let members know what they’ll be receiving in their sets in July…

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Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 29 June

Down those tools and pick up a dram: it’s Friday, folks! And with the last day of the working week comes your regular round-up of delicious developments from the wonderful world of booze. It can only be The Nightcap!

Happy Friday, team! We made it. Perhaps you’ve been following all the highs and lows of the World Cup (soz, Germany) and are relishing today as a football-free period of recovery. Or maybe you’ve eschewed all things FIFA and have been basking in the summer sunshine instead (it’s been SIZZLING here in the UK). Either way, there’s a high chance some of this week’s biggest stories might have passed you by. Which is why we’re here to help!

So before we dig into the main Nightcap round-up, let’s look back over the last seven days of all things booze…
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Categories : Beer, Cocktails, Gin, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky
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In pictures: Behind the scenes at The Art of Campari exhibition

Partial to a Negroni? Then feast your eyes on The Art of Campari exhibition, coming to North London’s Estorick Collection next month. Not in the capital? No worries! Enjoy a sneak peek right here…

This summer art meets alcohol at the Estorick Collection in London. From 4 July to 16 September the Italian art-focused haunt will be showing a selection of classic Campari posters from 1901 up until the 1960s in its The Art of Campari exhibition.

This was a golden age for Italian commercial art. Davide Campari, the son of the company’s founder, commissioned a series of cutting-edge artists to help sell the Milanese company’s products. At the exhibition we can see how the posters progressed from Art Nouveau before World War I, to Futurism, Surrealism, Cubism and, after World War II, Pop Art.

Looking at these beautiful pictures, it’s hard to disagree with one of the artists, Fortunato Depero, that “the art of the future will largely be advertising”. And they look even better with a Negroni in your hand.
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The winner of the Formula One Grandstand tickets is…

Johnnie Walker F1

Last month we teamed up with Johnnie Walker to give a lucky winner a pair of Formula One Grandstand tickets for the British Grand Prix – and we have our winner!

The excitement. The tension. The thrill of racing. The spectacular rewards of beating others to the finish line. We’re not talking about how we feel when someone brings cake into MoM Towers, we’re clearly talking about the kind of stuff you can expect watching Formula One. You might remember that we teamed up with Johnnie Walker to give away a pair of Formula One Grandstand tickets for the British Grand Prix, meaning a lucky winner (and an even luckier plus-one) would get to experience all this first-hand. Well, we have our winner!

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Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 22 June

Another week comes to a close, so it’s time for a round-up of booze stories to help you start your weekend with a brain full of knowledge – it’s The Nightcap!

It’s Friday! Unless you’re in Australia, where it’s probably next Wednesday. For those of you in Oz, keep powering through hump day. For everyone else, it’s time to grab a tasty beverage and have a gander at the booze news from this week with The Nightcap.

And today has been a news fest! If the Nightcap wasn’t enough for you, Macallan owner Edrington announced its financial results with a bit of a bang: as well as posting 7% growth, it also announced plans to sell Glenturret and Cutty Sark. Wowzers.

Elsewhere on the Master of Malt blog this week; Annie looked at the world of Bourbon alongside Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and picked out the blends you’ll want to boast about. Sam took a glance at Tomatin’s turnover (of the money variety, nothing to do with delicious baked goods). Kristy headed (just) north of the border to taste the first whiskies from the Annandale Distillery, and looked at how everyone goes to the pub when it’s sunny.

Henry didn’t quite share the enthusiasm for the sunny weather this week, as he introduced us all to Light Strike Awareness Day (it’s a thing), as well as showing off his knowledge of popular Scotch whiskies around the world, and exploring an upcoming Island distillery.

Phew. On the with booze news!
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Categories : American Whiskey, Beer, Cocktails, Cognac, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 15 June

Potential gin droughts and whiskey made with beavers. It’s all kicking off, isn’t it? The Nightcap is here to fill you in on this week’s booze news.

Look at a calendar. Or your phone. Or the bottom right/top right corner of your computer screen (dependent on what operating system you’re using). Notice that today is Friday. Revel in the joy of Friday, for it ushers in a new edition of The Nightcap, with all its booze news goodness. Revel in it. Go on. We’ll wait.

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Categories : American Whiskey, Gin, Japanese Whisky, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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The Nightcap: 1 June

That’s another week in the books, folks. Now’s the time to crack out a tasty beverage and kick back with our round-up of this week’s booze news – The Nightcap!

You might not have noticed, but a portion of the team has been over on Islay getting involved in all things Fèis Ìle 2018. This has included coopering at Lagavulin, Hawaiian shirts at Bruichladdich, being stranded at Caol Ila, bung curling at Laphroaig, pizza ovens at Bowmore, hoopla at Kilchoman, and many dogs. The festivities continue over the weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for more from the team.

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Categories : Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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Master of Malt Dram Club – June 2018

June is here, bringing a bounty of good things – the official start of summer, a particularly popular globe-spanning tournament of the football variety and new Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets!

You may have noticed that June is here. There are many telltale of this, whether it be the generally not awful weather, ill-advised purchases of straw hats skyrocketing or even just looking at a calendar and whispering to yourself “How is it June? I don’t understand.” Yes, we’re nearing the halfway point of 2018 already, even though it feels like we only just said goodbye to that garbage fire of a year known as 2017 yesterday. The passage of time is mysterious. However, the drams that Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving in their June Tasting Sets are no longer a mystery! Let’s take a look…

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Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Whisky
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Share your Islay moment and win a bottle of Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1993!

Fèis Ìle 2018 is well and truly under way. The sun is spectacularly shining, the drams are flowing, and we’ve got not one but two chances for you to win a full bottle of something delicious: our very own Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1993 – Single Cask, no less!

We’re back on Islay for Fèis Ìle 2018 and we’re not going to lie, we’re having a blast. Eight distilleries, eight days, much merriment and some of the finest whisky folk under the sun to share a dram with… it’s heaven. And to add to the fun and games, we have not one but TWO competitions to further spread the whisky love!
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We’re going to Fèis Ìle 2018!

Drum roll please, folks… after too-long a hiatus we are packing our bags and heading to Fèis Ìle 2018!

Good folks of whiskydom, we have news. After a four-year break (yes, and that parking, ahem, incident) we are returning to Islay for the dramming extravaganza that is Fèis Ìle. Team MoM is making final preparations for a voyage to the Islay Festival of Music and Malt! And we have many a treat in store for you whether you are likewise heading for the island or not…

From this Saturday (26 May) to the following one (3 June) we will be busily heading to the official distillery days, plus a selection of rather marvellous additional locations to keep us on our toes. And… the freebies are back!
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Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky
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