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The winner of our Spirit of America competition is…

Just over a week ago we announced our Spirit of America competition in honour of 4th of July, because even if we don’t celebrate it over on this side of…

Just over a week ago we announced our Spirit of America competition in honour of 4th of July, because even if we don’t celebrate it over on this side of the Atlantic, we can celebrate delicious American spirits! Now’s the time to announce the winner…

Our all-American haul contained some of our favourite spirits from the USA, with FEW Bourbon, Balcones Baby Blue Corn, Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Ragtime Rye Whiskey, St. George Terroir Gin and last but not least, Widow Jane 10 Year Old. That’s right, six fabulous spirits! What’s more, all you had to do to enter was get yourself on Instagram (if you’re not already – come on people, it’s 2019!), follow @MasterofMalt, like this picture and tag the three friends you wanted to share the bundle with. 

Spirit of America

Time to get into the (American) spirit

Now, of course, 4th of July has been and gone, as has our exciting competition. The winner is…

Emma Kaye from Newport!

Congratulations Emma (and your three lucky friends, who let’s be honest, you have to share this with now) and thanks to everyone who took part. We hope your 4th of July was fabulous, however you spent it!

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Win a delicious bundle with our Spirit of America competition!

Gather round, American spirit lovers, we have another wonderful MoM competition for you! It’s our Spirit of America competition, because although we don’t celebrate 4th of July across the pond,…

Gather round, American spirit lovers, we have another wonderful MoM competition for you! It’s our Spirit of America competition, because although we don’t celebrate 4th of July across the pond, we certainly do enjoy the alcoholic fruits of the USA.

In true celebratory fashion, we thought we’d do a round up of some of our favourite American spirits to honour the occasion, and you could win them all! Yep, all six of them. But what is in this fabulous round up, we hear you ask? 

Spirit of America

Just look at that all-American haul!

FEW Bourbon

Tasty bourbon from FEW Spirits, which calls Evanston, Illinois its home. In a cruel and frankly hilarious stroke of irony, the craft distillery takes its name from the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, a key figure in the Temperance Movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Something to have a little chuckle about while you sip.

Balcones Baby Blue Corn

You would be absolutely correct in thinking that this whiskey from Balcones is actually distilled from blue corn! It was also the very first Texan whiskey since Prohibition, and the first whiskey to be distilled from blue corn, as a bonus. Those Balcones folks in Waco really know what they’re doing when it comes to delicious craft spirits. This spirit isn’t actually blue, though. That really would be crazy.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin

This dry gin was dubbed Bluecoat after the uniforms worn by the militia in the American Revolution, and it’s distilled in Philadelphia by, unsurprisingly, Philadelphia Distilling! It captures the spirit of America in a juniper-based tipple, named in celebration of the American spirit of independence and rebellion. What’s more, the botanicals used are kept super secret. Mysterious…

Ragtime Rye Whiskey

A fabulously spicy rye whiskey from the ever wonderful New York Distilling Company based in Brooklyn, inspired by the ragtime music of the early 20th century. They only use grain produced in New York for their rye whiskey, which is pretty cool. 

St. George Terroir Gin

The folks over at St. George Spirits have been doing their thing since 1982, producing very fine spirits just like this craft Terroir Gin! A little taste of the forests of California in a bottle from a pioneering and forward-thinking artisan distillery.

 Widow Jane 10 Year Old

A tasty bourbon from Widow Jane Distillery (named after the widow of a limestone mine owner in Rosendale) distilled in Kentucky.  A fun and quirky brand which uses corn varieties that are unique to the distillery. The actual distillery was built using restored bricks from the neighbourhood, and is called home by a brood of chickens and a peacock. We’re not sure if they help with the distilling, though.

How do I enter?!

So long as you have Instagram (and it’s 2019, so who doesn’t?) and three friends (who also have Instagram) then you’re all set! All you need to do is follow @MasterofMalt, ‘like’ our Instagram photo of all the boozy American goodies, and tag three friends you’d want to share this delicious bundle with. That’s right, you’d have to share it. Sharing is caring, right? Just complete those three simple tasks and you’ll be in with a chance to win six tasty bottles! 

So go forth and ‘gram, good people! We wish you the best of luck.

MoM ‘Spirit of America’ Competition 2019 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 1 July to 4 July 2019. 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 VIP Bombay Sapphire competition is…

Back in May we announced the chance for you to win a VIP trip to the home of Bombay Sapphire, the gorgeous Laverstoke Mill Distillery. Well, the time has now…

Back in May we announced the chance for you to win a VIP trip to the home of Bombay Sapphire, the gorgeous Laverstoke Mill Distillery. Well, the time has now come to announce the victor…

Seeing inside the workings of a distillery is something that charms all us drinks geeks, and the chance to see inside Bombay Sapphire is truly a steal! For our competition, the lucky winner (with an even luckier plus one!) will get to enjoy a two night’s stay along with a VIP visit to Bombay Sapphire’s distillery in Hampshire, with a hosted tour titled ‘A Taste of Bombay’ round the absolutely stunning Laverstoke Mill Distillery. Of course there were also some complimentary cocktails thrown in there, as well as a relaxing walk along the River Test taking in the English countryside. 

Bombay Sapphire

Laverstoke Mill. Seriously, it’s beautiful.

What’s more, entering couldn’t have been easier! All you had to do was buy any 70cl bottle from the distillery range, and that includes any one of the delicious Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Sapphire East, Star Of Bombay London Dry Gin, Bombay Original London Dry Gin and Bombay English Estate. Even if there’s only one competition champion, everyone’s a winner with a bottle of gin.

Gin has been had, and a winner has been chosen. 

The winner is…

Jeffrey Eden from King’s Lynn!

Hugs congrats Jeffrey, and a big thank you to everyone who took part – G&T’s all around!

 

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The winner of our VIP Mortlach competition is…

Back in May, we at MoM really outdid ourselves by offering you the chance to win a VIP trip to Mortlach Distillery, which on any regular day, isn’t usually open…

Back in May, we at MoM really outdid ourselves by offering you the chance to win a VIP trip to Mortlach Distillery, which on any regular day, isn’t usually open to the public. Nevertheless, we worked our magic and devised a competition to send one lucky Scotch whisky fan (and their chosen plus one) to the home of The Beast of Dufftown.

A VIP trip to a Scotch whisky distillery that is usually hidden away from the public? What a delight! The fortunate folks will be treated to a private tour and tasting, the ultimate rarity for this distillery. They’ll even have tours of Speyside cooperage and Cardhu Distillery, as well as two nights’ accommodation in the Craigellachie Hotel. And then we threw in a bottle of the utterly fabulous Mortlach 20 Year Old, because why not?

Mortlach whisky

Tasty, tasty Mortlach 12 Year Old looking fancy.

Applying for this once in a lifetime opportunity was a breeze. All that was required was a purchase of one 70cl bottle of Mortlach 12 Year Old, 16 Year Old or 20 Year Old, and that was it! Just to sweeten the deal, we even took 10% off those expressions, because we’re nice like that.

Alas, there can only be one winner, and now is the time for the big reveal.

The winner is…

George Paterson from West Yorkshire!

You’re the envy of the town, George, and a great big congratulations! For those of you who missed out, at least you can rest easy knowing you have a delicious dram of Mortlach in your possession.

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The winner of our Game of Thrones Youtube competition is…

To celebrate the official end of Game of Thrones we gave you the chance to win some rather incredible whisky, and all it required was some quality time on YouTube….

To celebrate the official end of Game of Thrones we gave you the chance to win some rather incredible whisky, and all it required was some quality time on YouTube. Fates have been decided, and the winner has now been revealed. Here are the details:

Our exciting competition was announced back in May, when Game of Thrones was still a thing and the finale hadn’t caused one million people to petition to reshoot it. But, what’s done is done. There was, however, another incredible adventure that gripped many of you, and that was Master of Malt’s very own Contest for the Captain’s Chair, set in the mysterious realm of space on the Interstelleros spaceship. 

The incredible prize for completing this adventure was the entire Game of Thrones whisky range!

Game of Thrones whisky

Who will be lucky enough to take home all of these delicious whiskies?

 

What does that include, you ask? Oh, only nine bottles of extremely popular whisky with each representing a Westeros house, including House Targaryen’s Cardhu, House Tyrrell’s Clynelish, House Stark’s Dalwhinnie, House Lannister’s Lagavulin, the Night’s Watch’s Oban, House Baratheon’s Royal Lochnagar, House Tully’s Singleton of Glendullan and House Greyjoy’s Talisker single malts, with a cheeky bottle of White Walker blended Scotch thrown in for good measure. Can’t forget the Night King now, can we?

But best of all, you were in charge of our heroes. We trusted you with the fate of the Interstelleros spaceship crew, who faced teleports, space lizards, betrayal and even space whisky. It was quite the ride. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and the time has come to announce the lucky winner.

The winner is…

Terry Burns from Twinbrook, Belfast! 

Congratulations Terry. In the words of Tyrion Lannister, may you drink and know things. An enormous thank you to everyone who played Contest for the Captain’s Chair, we hope it helped fill a certain medieval fantasy shaped-hole!

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The winner of our Teeling #BagThisBottle competition is…

A winner for our #BagThisBottle competition has been crowned! Someone will be getting their hands on a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Collection for free… We considered…

A winner for our #BagThisBottle competition has been crowned! Someone will be getting their hands on a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Collection for free…

We considered starting this blog like most guest speakers at university graduations start speeches – by reading out the definition of a word from the dictionary. The word we would have chosen was “winner”. We eventually decided against that because it’s such an overused trope, y’know. Also the definition in the dictionary we’ve got was really long and wasn’t very exciting. Mainly the first one reason though. Anyway, we’ve got our #BagThisBottle winner randomly selected – one lucky person is going to have a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Collection trebuchet’d to their door very carefully!

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#BagThisBottle – Win a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old – Vintage Reserve Collection!

Win a free bottle of the Teeling 24 Year Old – the World’s Best Single Malt – on Twitter! Good news, folks! Our ever-popular, ever-wonderful #BagThisBottle Twitter competition has returned,…

Win a free bottle of the Teeling 24 Year Old – the World’s Best Single Malt – on Twitter!

Good news, folks! Our ever-popular, ever-wonderful #BagThisBottle Twitter competition has returned, and boy did we miss it. With just a few simple clicks and scrolls, a 70cl bottle of the wonderful Teeling 24 Year Old Irish whiskey, part of the Vintage Reserve Collection, could be yours. That’s right, the very same whiskey that was named the World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019!

It literally couldn’t be easier, here’s all you have to do:

1) Follow the Master of Malt Twitter account.

2) Follow the Teeling Whiskey twitter account.

3) Retweet our Competition Tweet by midday on Friday 14 June.

And that’s it! Isn’t technology great? Almost as great as a certain Irish whiskey…

#BagThisBottle Teeling

It could be yours!

We’ve done all we can now, so spread your (virtual) wings and take to Twitter if you don’t want to miss out.

Good luck, all!

MoM Teeling #BagThisBottle 2019 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 11 June to 14 June 2019. 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 Cotswolds Distillery competition is…

We teamed up with our friends over at the Cotswolds Distillery in the beautiful English countryside to bring you the chance to win a VIP trip around the stunning distillery….

We teamed up with our friends over at the Cotswolds Distillery in the beautiful English countryside to bring you the chance to win a VIP trip around the stunning distillery. Now, the time has finally come to reveal the lucky champion…

Cast your minds back to the very beginning of May, when bank holidays were aflowing and we announced our Cotswolds Distillery competition! It was easier than ever to enter, as all you had to do was buy any whisky or gin from the Cotswolds distillery range!

Now, the champion of that competition will soon be on their way (with their equally fortuitous plus one) for an overnight stay at the distillery plus much, much more. Will the lucky victor go for a gin or whisky masterclass, we wonder? It’s out of our hands now, we’ve done our part. Whatever they choose, it’ll be delicious.

We are super stoked to announce the winner, who will soon be galavanting around the distillery and sipping on Costwolds G&Ts.

The lucky winner is…

Lee Taylor, from Gloucester!

The Cotswolds Distillery

A Cotswolds cloudy G&T, to be enjoyed by our winner

 

An enormous thank you to those who entered, and a huge congratulations to our winner! If you weren’t so fortunate this time, with your bottle of Cotswolds gin or whisky, you’re already winning!

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Win a VIP trip to Bombay Sapphire Distillery

WIN the trip of a lifetime to Bombay Sapphire’s home, the beautiful Laverstoke Mill Distillery Enjoy a hosted tour, cocktail-making class, two nights accommodation and more Everyone’s a winner – £5…

  • WIN the trip of a lifetime to Bombay Sapphire’s home, the beautiful Laverstoke Mill Distillery
  • Enjoy a hosted tour, cocktail-making class, two nights accommodation and more
  • Everyone’s a winner – £5 off Bombay English Estate

We love gin. You love gin. It’s not just the refreshing nature of a good G&T in the garden or the joy of a well-made gin-based cocktail that charms us. We want to learn the stories and witness first-hand how our favourite spirits are made. Hence the rising popularity of distillery tours. And there’s few as comprehensive as the one that the lovely folks at the Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire provide. The home of Bombay Sapphire is not only a delightfully picturesque scene of the English countryside, but it’s also a working distillery filled with all kinds of experiences that any gin geek would enjoy.

Good thing then that we’re offering you the chance to win a VIP trip to see it in person (with a plus-one)!

Bombay Sapphire

Laverstoke Mill, one of the most beautiful distilleries in the country

“What exactly do I win?!”

Lots of lovely things. The winner (and their plus-one) of this competition earn a VIP visit to Bombay Sapphire’s distillery where they’ll then enjoy a hosted tour called ‘A Taste of Bombay’. This curated experience includes a visit the Mill House for an introduction to the heritage and sustainability of Laverstoke Mill, where refreshments will be provided, before a walk along the River Test to take in some horticultural. A complimentary cocktail will also be provided at the Mill Bar, as well as the opportunity to make the ‘cocktail of the month’ with one of the brand’s specially trained hosts.

Oh, and the winner will also enjoy a tasting of Bombay Sapphire’s gin portfolio, explore the Gin Shop, and enjoy two nights’ accommodation with UK travel and lunch included. If you’re a gin fan, you’re probably already scrolling down to find out how you can win this wonderful competition. Which is handy, because that’s where the ‘How to Apply’ bit is.

Bombay Sapphire

The wonderful Botanical Dry Room and Dakin Still House

The ‘How to Apply’ bit

You will be automatically entered into the competition if you purchase a 70cl bottle from the distillery range. It’s that simple. Indulge yourself in any of the following, Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Sapphire East, Star Of Bombay London Dry Gin, Bombay Original London Dry Gin and Bombay English Estate from 22 May to 16 June 2019 and you’re in it to win it (For more details, see the competition terms below). There’s no limit to how many bottles you can buy, so get as many as you want.

It gets even better. Since we love you all so much we’ve also reduced the price of Bombay English Estate for the length of the competition, saving you a whole £5! The limited edition bottling was inspired by the landscape surrounding the brand’s home at Laverstoke Mill in the Hampshire countryside and made with an infusion of three new botanicals: Pennyroyal mint, rosehip and toasted hazelnut. With a bottle of this beauty, you’ll feel like a winner regardless of whether you win the prize or not.

Please note there are set dates the prize can be claimed, which are as follows:
– Thursday 18 July 2019 13:15
– Thursday 29 August 2019 13:15
– Thursday 12 September 2019 13:15
– Thursday 10 October 2019 13:15

Bombay Sapphire

There’s £5 off Bombay English Estate!

Good luck, all!

MoM Bombay 2019 Competition open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 22 May to 16 June 2019. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Travel only provided from a UK location. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. Prize must be claimed on specific dates and times. Entry also available with no purchase. See full T&Cs for details.

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Win the entire Game of Thrones whisky range in our YouTube competition!

As Game of Thrones reaches its dramatic finale, we’re offering you a chance to WIN the entire Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection, plus White Walker by Johnnie Walker! All…

As Game of Thrones reaches its dramatic finale, we’re offering you a chance to WIN the entire Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection, plus White Walker by Johnnie Walker! All you have to do is get involved with a little YouTube choose-your-own adventure we’ve created…

“Whisky is coming”. So went the headline of our most-read blog post of 2018. Huge news it was! Then it came, and sold out immediately. Then we managed to get hold of a little more and it sold out again (we’ll keep trying to source more if we can!). It seems that many of you – and us! – love both Game of Thrones and delicious whisky. You’ll be pleased to know, therefore, that we’re offering you the chance to win the entire Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection plus White Walker by Johnnie Walker!

For your chance to win, you’ll need to watch a show other than Game of Thrones, however (sorry). One of our own making that’s now showing over on our shiny YouTube channel. It’s a sort of choose-your-own show, in fact, as you’ll need to help guide the characters. Their fate is in your hands! Successfully make it to the end and you’ll be able to enter to win this epic prize.

Due to the licensing agreements involved with a record-breaking hit HBO show, the eagle-warged among you may notice that our show isn’t in fact set in any kind of medieval fantasy world. But it is set in the next best place: a spaceship in space. Let’s call it… the Interstelleros. And we’ll call the show… Contest for the Captain’s Chair. Yes, that’ll do. Aid the crew in their quest and the glorious bounty of every Game of Thrones whisky could be yours!

That’s nine bottles of highly sought-after whisky including Cardhu, Clynelish, Dalwhinnie, Lagavulin, Oban, Royal Lochnagar, Singleton of Glendullan and and Talisker single malts, representing House Targaryen, House Tyrrell, House Stark, House Lannister, the Night’s Watch, House Baratheon, House Tully and House Greyjoy from Game of Thrones respectively. It seemed churlish not to chuck the aforementioned White Walker blended Scotch in to complete the set!

Not bad for simply killing some time on YouTube, eh?

Game of Thrones whisky

Hold the door! Just look at this incredible haul that’s up for grabs!

Just follow the on-screen options to navigate through the videos until you to receive the super secret passcode at the end. To enter, subscribe to our YouTube channel (natch) and email the passcode to gotwhisky@masterofmalt.com along with your YouTube username. Best of luck!

Competition open to entrants 18 years and over. Shipping restrictions apply. Entries accepted from 18 May – 13 June 2019. 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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