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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 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!


Categories : Competitions, News
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The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old: Lotteries and Charity Auctions

Yamazaki Mizunara 18

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.


Categories : Japanese Whisky, Whisky
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Talisker competition: And the winner is…

Talisker competition

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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Master of Malt Dram Club – January 2018

We’re kicking off 2018 with yet another smashing bundle of Master of Malt Dram Club sets! Let’s see what Dram Club members can look forward to this month…

The glossy astronomical sphere that we call home has, against all odds, completed its ostentatious jaunt around the giant ball of hot plasma at the centre of our Solar System once again, ushering in 2018. What occurrences does this year hold for us all? Our fingers are crossed for a definitive answer to the “Were dinosaurs feathery?” debate, and a new fancy hat trend that we can get on board with. With all that mystery ahead of us, how about we clear something up and unveil what Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving in their Tasting Sets this month?


Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Whisky
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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017: Lotteries and Charity Auctions

The enormously popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back for 2017! Once again we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction (with profits over RRP donated to Malaria No More UK). After all, we want as many people as possible to taste the good stuff, while doing some good!

To find out when this is all going down, see the timeline below.

As some of you may recall, our ‘first-come-first-serve’ method caused some, erm, drama back in 2015, so last year we decided to implement a brand new system – splitting our entire Buffalo Trace Antique Collection allocation between 30ml drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions. That meant hundreds of you had the chance to taste the goods. Because, after all, it exists to be enjoyed!


Categories : American Whiskey
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Rejoice! Sunday delivery is now live!

Sunday delivery

Excellent news all round – we’re now offering Sunday delivery to mainland UK customers, all for just £2 more than regular next day shipping…

One of the most pertinent first-world problems in existence has to be enduring the tedium of Sunday service, whether it be bus timetables, supermarket opening hours or hairdresser availability (we only want a trim…).

We’ve decided to do our bit to remedy the situation by offering our mainland UK-dwelling customers Sunday delivery for the bargainous price of £8.95. We’ve also reduced our Saturday delivery charge from £9.95 to £8.95 to bring it in line with this new service.


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Master of Malt Dram Club – December 2017

It’s December. Honestly, we’re as surprised as you at how well it sneaked up on us. Let’s have a gander at what Master of Malt Dram Club members will be getting this month (it’s not coal, by the way).

December crept up on us like a cat on its tiptoes this year. We’re not sure if cats technically have toes, let alone tips of toes, but the simile still stands – we are incredibly perplexed at the fact that it is December. We’re not sad about it, by any means – December brings all sorts of goodies, like mince pies, the Tom Hanks classic Big on TV at least four times and a new month of our Dram Club! Let’s see what members will be enjoying with their toast to 2018!


Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Whisky
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Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2017 Charity Auction!

Thanks to one very, very generous customer, we’ve got our hands on a bottle of Bowmore’s 11 year old Fèis Ìle 2017 release, which we’re auctioning to raise lots of marvellous moolah for our chosen charity, Malaria No More UK!

It’s time for another charity auction, folks! But this time round it’s going down a little bit differently. A wonderfully generous Master of Malt customer by the name of Lala donated a *signed* Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2017 bottle for us to auction and raise funds for Malaria No More UK – and we were more than happy to oblige!


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Win a trip to Skye with Talisker!

  • WIN an extraordinary adventure to the Isle of Skye and Talisker distillery with a plus-one!
  • Enjoy Talisker 10 Year Old at a reduced price of £29.95 until Christmas!
  • Enter our Instagram competition for a chance to win a bottle of Talisker 18 Year Old!
  • We’ve teamed up with Island single malt Scotch whisky Talisker to channel the spirit of adventure – with one lucky winner (and an even luckier plus-one) set to nab a two-night trip to Skye to discover the iconic distillery!


    Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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    An apology from #WhiskySanta

    Hi Everyone,

    We’re really really sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems that WhiskySanta got into the sherry with a little too much gusto yesterday evening and has been a touch over-generous when hitting the “free order” button at the Master of Malt checkout.

    We’re afraid therefore that if you got an order for free within the last 24 hours, you may get an email shortly explaining that it was in error.

    We know how disappointing this is, and we are *incredibly* sorry.  Anyone who wants to cancel their order will, of course, be able to do so.

    We’re going to be offering £10 gift vouchers to anyone caught up in this by way of apology for the mistake, and these will be given whether or not people choose to cancel their orders.

    Normal service will be resumed shortly.


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