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Category: Armagnac

#BagThisBottle – Win a Bottle of Comte de Lauvia Hors d’Age

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Win a Free Bottle of Comte de Lauvia Hors d’Age Armagnac on Twitter!

Remember #BagThisBottle? It’s your chance to bag yourself a free bottle of something delicious on twitter in just a few quick clicks…

This time we’re giving away a bottle of Comte de Lauvia‘s new Hors d’Age Armagnac! To be in with a chance of winning, here’s what you need to do…

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Spotlight on… Armagnac!

  • Armagnac is a French brandy with a longer history than its famous cousin Cognac
  • Single distilled in continuous alambic to lower abv for richer, more full-bodied spirit
  • Bas-Armagnac area has 57% of vineyards and the most complex eaux-de-vie
  • Free UK shipping on Comte de Lauvia Bas-Armagnacs (or £5 off elsewhere)
  • Try Armagnac with a Drinks by the Dram Armagnac Tasting Set

    Spotlight on Armagnac Master of Malt
  • Armagnac is a fantastic spirit that many savvy drinkers, including many whisky fans, have begun exploring with enthusiasm in recent years. The good news is that there’s never been a better time to dip a toe in the Armagnac ‘eau’, as we’re offering Free UK Shipping on your *entire* order (or £5 off elsewhere) when you buy any bottle of Comte de Lauvia until the end of July. That includes their Fine, Réserve and Hors d’Age expressions, newly launched in the UK!

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    Categories : Armagnac, Cognac, News, Tasting Notes
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    #WhiskySanta Gives Away Thousands of Gifts at the Checkout!

    Whisky Santa

    Well, I did say that I might have something else up my immaculately cuffed sleeve this year, and here it is! I’ve used my powers as an omniscient supernatural Christmas being to ‘get in’ to the Master of Malt checkout. From here I’ll be giving away thousands of festive gifts to lucky customers (at least £20,000 worth, in fact!)…

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    Categories : Absinthe, Armagnac, Blended, Cognac, Competitions, Gin, Liqueurs, News, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky, Wine
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    The Return of Ask #WhiskySanta… He’ll grant one wish per day!

    Whisky Santa

    [Update: He’s now giving gifts away at the checkout too!]

    Guess who is back… Back once again… #WhiskySanta is back! Tell all your friends and loved ones. Ho ho ho! A bit of the M&M-style wrap for you there. I like to stay current.

    That’s right, your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being is back from his holibobs. I may have only had ten months off after last year’s festivities (during which I even received a shiny ISC award) but a tinsel-covered alarm clock has gone off somewhere and I’m feeling extremely generous once again! Time to make some lists and check them twice – lists of people using #WhiskySanta, that is – before granting one wish per day for you lucky people for a second year running!

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    Categories : Absinthe, Armagnac, Blended, Cognac, Competitions, Gin, Liqueurs, News, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky, Wine
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    Around The World In 80 Drams – Week 8 – Janneau

    Janneau

    It’s week 8 in our Around The World In 80 Drams tour – we’re one tenth of the way through! We’re making our third and final stop in France this week, sampling yet another distinctly French spirit. As I mentioned last week, we were heading to a commune which my class in school couldn’t help but giggle at the name of when we were learning French geography. Yes, we’re heading to Condom to taste some Armagnac! But from which distillery? One that would take me over four hours to travel to from Courvoisier – it’s Janneau, of course!

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    Categories : Armagnac, Cognac, Tasting Notes
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    2015 Whisky Advent Calendar – Now Available for Pre-Order!

    Whisky Advent Calendar

    Ah yes, it’s that time of year once again when Drinks by the Dram reveal their selection of fantastic spirits-filled advent calendars!

    The Entire Range is Now Available for Pre-Order here. (Estimated despatch late October.)

    As well as all your favourites such as The Whisky Advent Calendar and Ginvent Calendar (from the dream team of Drinks by the Dram and Gin Foundry), which are both back for a fourth year, 2015 sees the range extended with a dedicated Bourbon Calendar plus Rum, Cognac, Armagnac, Tequila, Mezcal, Vodka, Absinthe and erm… Naga Chilli Vodka calendars (the latter getting hotter each day!)

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    Categories : Absinthe, Armagnac, Blended, Cognac, Gin, News, Old, Rare, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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    Gascony Calling: A Single Cask Series Armagnac!

    Château de Castex Armagnac Master of Malt

    So it may be gorgeous,
    So it may not be famous,
    Armagnac, twenty-one years old.

    There’s a new release in the Master of Malt Single Cask Series charts, and the artist isn’t even Scottish! In fact, it’s not even whisky. (We do have some more Single Cask whiskies on the way shortly though… and not necessarily all from Scotland…) Extending the range into different spirit types entirely, we’re delighted to present our very first independent bottling of Armagnac!

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    Categories : Armagnac, News, Tasting Notes
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    Master of Cocktails – Eggnog

    Master of Cocktails Eggnog cocktail

    Last week, we gave you the choice between a classic summer cocktail or something more wintery and, overwhelmingly, the good people of twitter voted for a winter #MasterofCocktails option. So, last night we made the ultimate Eggnog!

    The clocks had just gone back and the #UKStorm2013 was approaching so it did indeed seem the perfect time to batten down the hatches and mix up a classic winter warmer whilst we waited for all this to blow over.

    The entire recipe can be found below, and apologies that it’s been posted slightly later than usual – the bloody storm has evidently even affected our blog posts!

    On to the ‘nog!

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    Categories : Armagnac, Cocktails, Cognac, Rum
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    New Product entitled… erm… “Brown Drink”

     

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    So – we’ve been doing our Drinks by the Dram whisky sample service for almost a year now, and in that time have decanted ‘loads’ of 700ml bottles into 30ml samples.
     
    700 divided by 30 is 690, so even if one is slightly generous with the 30ml measure, there’s still going to be a little drop or two left over.
     
    My original plan (and I thought it was a darned good one) was to save all of this up, and make some awesome cocktails at the staff Christmas party, or maybe do something at the directors’ joint birthday party, but it turns out that “a little drop or two” multiplied by “loads” is about 37 full-sized bottles-worth.
     
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    Categories : Armagnac, Cocktails, Cognac, Gin, Liqueurs, News, Rum, Whisky
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    Vintage Armagnac

    Domaine Boingnères

    Today we were greeted with a very exciting little parcel, containing a selection of samples of vintage Armagnacs from Domaine Boingnères.

    Before we begin the tasting, here’s some brief history…

    Founded by Jean Boingnères in 1807, the company is now run by the family’s sixth generation. In 1953, the house style changed when Léon Lafitte took the helm. Mr Lafitte enlarged the vineyards, and he began to sell the company’s Armagnac to some of France’s top restaurants, a move which increased Boingnères’ popularity massively. More…

    Categories : Armagnac, Tasting Notes
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