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Virtual pub quiz: 27 March

Think you know your booze? Then you should enter our new and improved virtual pub quiz. All entries will get a discount code and one winner a £25 off voucher….

Think you know your booze? Then you should enter our new and improved virtual pub quiz. All entries will get a discount code and one winner a £25 off voucher. All must have prizes!

It’s the return of the Master of Malt pub quiz. We’ve made it slightly easier this week as well as put it in a snazzy format so it’s easier to enter. We do like to make your life easy. For those bamboozled by last week’s quiz, here is a link to the answers. Remember, strict pub quiz rules, no looking at Google.

 

Fancy your chances?! Go to the quiz by hitting ‘click here’!

CLICK HERE

(And remember, no cheating. We might not know, but it is not in the spirit of quizzing!)

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We have two bundles of awesome spirits from The Lakes Distillery to be won!

It’s no secret that we love a bundle. What do we love more than a bundle? Two bundles! That’s right, we’ve got two bundles full of wonderful spirits from The…

It’s no secret that we love a bundle. What do we love more than a bundle? Two bundles! That’s right, we’ve got two bundles full of wonderful spirits from The Lakes Distillery to give away.

We’re big fans of The Lakes Distillery, what with all the awesome spirits the beautiful distillery over in Cumbria has graced our palates with since it opened. Now, you could be in with the chance to win five bottles of its delicious liquid in a lip-smacking bundle. Oh, and did we mention there’s two bundles to be won? We know, we are good to you.

So, what’s in this wonderful bundle?

Lakes Distillery Bundle

All this could be yours!

You’ll find a bottle of The Lakes Vodka, as well as a bottle of The Lakes Classic Gin, a super classic, juniper forward tipple. Then you’ll find a bottle each of The Lakes Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur, The Lakes Elderflower Gin Liqueur and The Lakes Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur, all three of which are brand new!

Now that we’ve got your mouths watering, we’re sure you’ll want to know how to enter…

  1. Follow @masterofmalt Instagram account.
  2. Follow @lakesdistillery Instagram account.
  3. Like the competition post⁠.
  4. Tag a friend you’d share your bottles with.

And it’s that simple! Complete those four steps by 22 March and you’re in it to (possibly) win it. Plus, now your chances of winning have doubled! Best of luck to everyone.

MoM Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 16 March to 22 March 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.

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The five winners of our Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum competition are…

Just last month we found ourselves with five bottles of Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum to give away. The time has come to reveal our quintet of winners! Usually,…

Just last month we found ourselves with five bottles of Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum to give away. The time has come to reveal our quintet of winners!

Usually, the way these things go is all rather dramatic. “There can only be one victor” and all that jazz. Well, not this time! We promised you five bottles of Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum would be won, and won they have been, each full of delicious Caribbean rum which was blended by the Merser folks in London, and rested in good old oak. 

Plus, as well as increasing the chance of winning fivefold, we made it super duper easy to enter through the wonders of social media! 

merser & co double barrel rum

Who will be getting their lucky hands on a bottle of this?

If you simply followed both the Master of Malt and Merser & Co. Instagram accounts, tagged a friend you’d share the awesome rum with on our competition post and then gave that post a quick like, you were in.

Anyway, that’s all in the past now. We know why you’re here. Let’s get down to it!

The five lucky winners are…

Ben Lutener

Steven Young

Soeren Bendixen

Heather Haigh

Karen Sands

Congratulations to our victors! And a huge thanks to everyone who took part. 

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Win a VIP trip to the home of J.J. Corry!

Adore Irish whiskey? Fancy blending your very own expression? Then ready the nosing glass. You (and a lucky plus one!) could be about to nab a VIP trip to the…

Adore Irish whiskey? Fancy blending your very own expression? Then ready the nosing glass. You (and a lucky plus one!) could be about to nab a VIP trip to the home of Irish whiskey bonder J.J. Corry, to create your very own bottling with founder Louise McGuane!

Multi-award-winning J.J. Corry has quickly made a name for itself as a purveyor of incredible Irish whiskeys. From The Gael, the brand’s first expression, to The Chosen, a record-breaking, eye-widening wonder, the whisky bonder has brought back to life a traditional way of sourcing Irish whiskey casks – and spirit – to blend together to create distinct and highly delicious bottlings. Founder Louise McGuane kicked things off in 2016, and now you can follow in her footsteps, travelling to the family farm, sampling from the extraordinary range of casks, to create your very own blend! It seems a fitting way to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

So, what exactly is up for grabs? We’ve got UK travel to the J.J. Corry Farm in County Clare, Ireland, for two people. We’ll put you up, too! The Doonbeg Hotel will be your home for the night, situated close to the dramatic coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way (don’t worry, breakfast is included). The pair of you will then travel to the farm, blend your very own bespoke Irish whiskey alongside Louise, and walk away with two bottles of your very own exclusive blend!

How do I nab the trip, we hear you cry!

Simples! Snap up a bottle from the J.J. Corry range, and we’ll automagically enter you into the draw for the chance to win the trip*. Seems sensible, St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon after all, and you’ll want something tasty. Eligible bottles include The Battalion, The Flintlock, and of course The Gael, Batch 1 and Batch 2. And you’ve got from now until 23:59 on Thursday 19 March to enter!

And now… something very exciting indeed…

Meet The Sonas!

Introducing J.J. Corry The Sonas, our very own bespoke blend!

Yes, folks! Earlier this year we hightailed it over to The J.J. Corry farm ourselves to spend time with Louise and the team, and craft something we’re rather proud of. Meet Master of Malt exclusive, The Sonas!

Translating as ‘happiness’ in Irish Gaelic, The Sonas is a silken, sumptuously soft vatting of single malt distilled in 2006, and a surprisingly velvety three year old single grain. There’s oodles of orchard fruit and lashings of vanilla – and it’s sure to be in our tasting glass this St. Patrick’s Day.

Louise at work in the J.J. Corry warehouse

The most fun thing? The blending process with Louise! We nosed and tasted from an array of different casks, put together a blend, tweaked it, and proofed it down, all under her watchful eye. And we are delighted with the result! We’re thrilled The Sonas is part of the competition line-up – whether or not you win the trip, you’ll be winning this St. Patrick’s Day!

*(Postal route available, see T&Cs for more details).

MoM Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 5 March to 23:59 19 March 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Date and travel restrictions apply. See full T&Cs for details.

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Win a bottle of Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum!

We have five bottles of Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum to give away, which means that five lucky winners will find themselves with a bottle! How? Read on…  When…

We have five bottles of Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum to give away, which means that five lucky winners will find themselves with a bottle! How? Read on… 

When we found ourselves with five bottles of Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum, we thought, why not make five rum lovers very happy? Tasty rum, and lots of it. What could be better?

First things first, what’s so special about Double Barrel Rum? Well to start, it’s the first rum blending house in London in over a century. The rum itself was distilled all over then Caribbean, and then shipped to London to be blended by the Merser folks. It was then simply been rested in oak, with not a hint of sugaring or colouring to be seen here, just like it would have been in the 17th century. 

Plus, this isn’t just a pretty bottle (though we’re not denying that either). The dimpled glass mirrors the River Thames, where rum used to be transported, and the hound and post logo is a nod back to days gone by when Londoners would recognise it and follow it to find their way to merchant houses. Kind of like a treasure hunt, only with booze at the end. 

Merser & Co. Double Barrel Rum

You could win this very bottle from Merser & Co.!

Now we’ve got you all excited about tasty rum, you’ll probably want to know how to enter! 

How to enter:⁠

  1. Follow @masterofmalt Instagram account.
  2. Follow @merserrum Instagram account.
  3. Tag a friend you’d share your bottle with.
  4. Like this post⁠!

Complete those tasks by midnight on Thursday 27 February, and that’s it, you’ll be in with a chance of winning.

MoM Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 24 February to 23:59 27 February 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.

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Burns Night poetry competition 2020 – we have a winner!

The judges have consulted, conferred, and, finally, concurred. So, we are delighted to announce the winner of our Burns Night competition who will receive a bottle of Aerolite Lyndsay Islay…

The judges have consulted, conferred, and, finally, concurred. So, we are delighted to announce the winner of our Burns Night competition who will receive a bottle of Aerolite Lyndsay Islay single malt.

When we launched our poetry competition last year, we didn’t know what to expect. Would anyone enter? Would the entries be any good? Well, we need not have worried as clearly Master of Malt customers are a talented bunch. This year we had over 52 entries from all over the world. Admittedly, there were some stinkers, some that were, how can we put this, not suitable for a family audience, and many that rhymed whisky with frisky. But there were also plenty of top quality stuff. 

But what would Rabbie think?

So, without further ado, it’s time to announce the winner. It’s Neil Mackenzie! Readers may remember him from last year where he was one of the runners-up. Well, now he’s only gone and snatched the winner’s crown with a Scots ode to whisky makers. Metaphorically speaking that is, there is no actual winner’s crown, but he will win a bottle of Aerolite Lyndsay Islay single malt.

Runners up were: Anne Greengrass, Kyle Kenneth Moonsamy and Laurence Smith. Congratulations, you all win a dram of the Aerolite. The winning entry and runners-up are below. Thank you to everyone for taking part. The competition will be back next year so there’s plenty of time to practise your scansion.

The winning entry:

The Greatest O’ Folk

Each nation has her ain great folk,
That freed her frae oppressors yoke,
Or brichtened monie a dull heart,
Wae great inventions, words an’ art,
Mozart and Bach wae papers strewn,
Ha’e jotted monie a gallant tune,
All Socrates and Plato thought,
Were gifts to they wha knowledge sought,
Rembrandt and Monet wae sure hand,
Captured the charms o’ sky an’ land,
Alexander earned the title “Great”,
Lang ‘fore he took the Persian gate,
Ev’n Scotia’s humble shores sae braw,
Whan threatened wae her ain downfa’,
By tyrants that wid her ensnare,
Rais’d up mair than her fair share,
The Black Douglas wae Bruce and Wallace,
Won our battered land brief solace,
Tho’ fac’d wae pay’n’ that highest price,
They hearkened not tae fears advice,
Said folk, their tales, whan heard, impart,
Sic inspiration tae my heart,
The words come streaming frae my pen,
Verse upon verse time an’ again,
But yet, I trow, truly I speak,
Wae tongue firmly away frae cheek,
That nane o’ them the boots could fill,
Of those wha gi’e their time and skill,
Tae fill my glass wae somethin’ proper,
Born of barley, oak and copper.

Neil Mackenzie

Runners-up:

Islay malt so warm,
Shields me from the winter’s chill.
One more for the road?

Laurence Smith

 

Islay – A Malty Sonnet

This wind-wracked isle of seaweed salt and storm,
Of treeless boggy mire beneath oor feet,
Has ay kent how tae keep a biddy warm,
By hernessin’ the glory o’ the peat.

When next ye raise a dram tae toast the bard,
Think lang on Islay’s place in Alba’s past,
This land o’ smoke and smugglers unco hard,
Whaur drouthy neebors brav’d th’Atlantic blast.

Whaur bogles creepit in thru ev’ry door,
And Hebridean kelpies their weans steal,
Their best defence? Ben Bracken or Bowmore,
Laphroaig or bold Ardbeg to quate the deil.

Yet sic auld-fashioned drams upon Burns nicht
Are far oot-stripped by Lyndsey Aerolicht!

Anne Greengrass

 

The sky is black, no star in sight,
Oh what a beautiful rainfall night,
I sit all by myself contemplating my life…
Am I really doing what’s right for me,
Or am I just going with what the flow of life wants me to be,
I walk to my cupboard and pull out a bottle,
Pour myself a dram I guess I’ll make it a double,
Out on the porch I throw myself on a chair,
Breathing in the smell of rain that so sweetly scents the air,
I lift up my glass and there swirls a light golden elixir,
Amazing to think water, yeast and barley can make such a beautiful mixture,
But it’s not just the ingredients that are in here, It’s the type of cask as well as the year,
So I bring the glass slowly up to my nose,
Vanilla, Citrus and Mint begin to show causing my eagerness for a taste to grow,
I take a sip and try to pick out every detail,
And thereafter swallowing with a gentle exhale,
Lemon cake, Vanilla, Apples and Pears, beautifully balanced and so smooth,
As my chest starts to warm from that magnificent prelude,
I lift up my glass once more to the night,
Sip number two goes down as I think of what to write,
Whiskey to me is more than just alcohol,
The way people look at it as if it’s going to be my downfall,
I believe it improves you as a man because you truly have to take your time,
And that’s a brilliant virtue in this world because of how life just flies by,
So for one final time I lift up my glass to the reader of this poem,
A toast to you good Sir, may you never drink alone. 🥃Sláinte!

Kyle Kenneth Moonsamy

 

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#BagThisBundle – Win a bundle from The Glasgow Distillery Company!

Check it out, it’s our first #BagThisBundle competition of 2020! Getting into the spirit of Burns Night, we teamed up with The Glasgow Distillery Company to bring you all kinds…

Check it out, it’s our first #BagThisBundle competition of 2020! Getting into the spirit of Burns Night, we teamed up with The Glasgow Distillery Company to bring you all kinds of delicious treats, all through the power of social media!

Now, these folks up in the largest city in Scotland have been up to some pretty cool business. It was named for one of Glasgow’s original distilleries, The Glasgow Distillery Company, which was founded in 1770 at Dundashill. Alas, it closed at the beginning of the 20th century, though in 2014 The Glasgow Distillery Company reopened, becoming the first single malt whisky distillery in Glasgow for over 100 years! 

So, what’s in this fabulous bundle? Well, we’re glad you asked, dear reader. There’s two bottles of smashing Glasgow single malt whisky, with a bottle of the 1770 Peated – Release No.1, as well as the 1770 Original 2019 Release. Then, for when you’re on the go, there’s a 1770 Hip Flask, as well as a handcrafted stave pen (actually made from 1770 Whisky staves!), a hand-blown glass whisky dropper, and for when you’re hosting, six tulip-shaped Glasgow 1770 Glencairn Whisky glasses.

#BagThisBundle Glasgow Distillery Company

You could win all these fabulous Glasgow Distillery Co. goodies!

We’re sure you’re raring to go, so here’s how you can enter! 

  1. Follow @masterofmalt Instagram account.
  2. Follow @glasgowdistillery Instagram account.
  3. Tag a friend you’d like to share the bundle with on our Competition post.
  4. Like the post!

Simple, isn’t it? Complete those steps by midnight on Thursday 23 January, and you’re in with a chance to win! 

MoM ‘Bag This Bundle’ Competition 2019 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 20 January to 23 January 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.

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The winner of our Starward competition is…

It’s about time we announced the winner of our competition to visit the spectacular Starward Distillery in Melbourne, Australia! Drum roll at the ready… Sitting here in 2020, it may…

It’s about time we announced the winner of our competition to visit the spectacular Starward Distillery in Melbourne, Australia! Drum roll at the ready…

Sitting here in 2020, it may feel like a lifetime ago, but think back to November 2019. Before that New Year’s thing occurred, and before that Christmas stuff took place, a different incredibly exciting situation happened – we announced that someone would win a trip of a lifetime to visit the Starward Distillery in Melbourne, Australia! The prize included a seven night stay in Melbourne, a private tour and drinks at the distillery, a distillery bottling of their phenomenal Australian whisky, and £500 spending money. “A cool prize” would be an understatement. Crack out the thesaurus (or just Google “other words for rad” like we all do since no one owns a physical thesaurus anymore) and whack in a few other fun adjectives and you’ll be more on the right lines.

The Starward Distillery – where our winner will be headed!

To be in with a chance to win, all you had to do was snap up a bottle from Starward’s lip-smacking range and your name would be in the hat. Many names went into the aforementioned headgear, but only one name has been pulled out, and they are our winner. That name is…

Andy Woods!

Much applause and many congratulations to our winner, Andy! We very much hope you enjoy your trip! We’d also like to give a big thank you to everyone who took part as well!

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Burns Night poetry competition – win a bottle of Aerolite Lyndsay Single Malt

It’s back, the Master of Malt Burns Night poetry competition. If you fancy yourself as something of a bard, why not enter for the chance to win a bottle of…

It’s back, the Master of Malt Burns Night poetry competition. If you fancy yourself as something of a bard, why not enter for the chance to win a bottle of Islay single malt whisky?

Last year, we put on our first ever Burns Night poetry competition. Frankly, dear reader, we were amazed, not just by the number of entries but by the quality. Who would have guessed that Master of Malt customers would be so talented? You can read Richard Foster’s winning entry and the runners-up here. 

So we’re doing it all again this year in the run up to Burns Night on Saturday 25 January. All you have to do is write a poem about whisky. You can take your inspiration from the Bard himself but don’t feel constrained. If you want to do it in the style of Omar Khayyam (wine-loving Persian poet of 11th century), then we’d love to see how you get on. There are no restrictions on length or style, all we say is that the poem must be in English or Scots. To enter simply email us at marketing@masterofmalt.com or comment on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or below. Entrants must be of legal drinking age and based in a country that we ship to. We will be accepting entrants from 13 until 22 January (see full terms and conditions below). 

Aerolite Lyndsay

Chocks away!

All entries will be judged by the (extremely discerning and well-read) team here at MoM. The winner will receive a bottle of Aerolite Lyndsay, a single malt from the Character of Islay Whisky Company. The name might make it sound like the sort of aeroplane flown by a man called Ginger during World War One but it’s actually an anagram of ten year old Islay. Three runners up will receive drams of Aerolite Lyndsay.

So, what are you waiting for? Time to sharpen those quills, get out your finest vellum and channel your inner Orpheus.

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And the winner of our Where’s #WhiskySanta 2019 competition is…

We’ve got just one more #WhiskySanta-themed surprise for you. One lucky person has successfully located our supernatural, omniscient, festive, heavily-bearded friend and has nabbed themselves a £250 Master of Malt…

We’ve got just one more #WhiskySanta-themed surprise for you. One lucky person has successfully located our supernatural, omniscient, festive, heavily-bearded friend and has nabbed themselves a £250 Master of Malt voucher! The question is, who…

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a jolly game of hide and seek, right?! We certainly think so here at MoM Towers. So, during the great festive run-in, we set you the challenge to locate our chum somewhere in a mega distillery montage in our Where’s #WhiskySanta competition!

And it really was quite the challenge. You searched low and high (hint!) in all manner of distilleries. Still houses, tun rooms, warehouses (ahem) and more. And where was he lurking? Right at the top of a stack of casks at England’s very own St George’s Distillery!

There he is, the sneaky sort!

Loads of you looked, and a fair eagle-eyed few located #WhiskySanta. To enter, you had to subscribe to our YouTube channel and email us your YouTube username and time stamp of the moment you spotted him. And one very lucky person is about to embark on a £250 Master of Malt shopping spree…!

And the winner is…

Christopher Edgington!

Where's #WhiskySanta

Cheers from #WhiskySanta, Chris!

Congratulations from Team MoM and #WhiskySanta!

All that’s left to say is… charge the tasting glasses, and have the most fantastic Christmas, folks!

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