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The winner of our Salcombe Gin competition is…

Cast your minds back to August, when the summer seemed endless and we announced that we teamed up with the brilliant Salcombe Distilling Co. to bring you the chance to…

Cast your minds back to August, when the summer seemed endless and we announced that we teamed up with the brilliant Salcombe Distilling Co. to bring you the chance to win a VIP trip down to the Devon distillery! 

All you had to do was buy a bottle from the mouthwatering Salcombe Gin distillery range, and you were automagically entered. We really made it easy.

Now, summer is nearly over (it’s not over yet, don’t say it) and the time has come to announce our victor! The lucky winner and their fortunate plus one will be treated to a two-night stay at the beautiful Brightham House boutique B&B (named by The Times as one of its top 10 coolest places to stay in the UK) along with dinner at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel. Then ensues a distillery tour with the lovely Salcombe Gin folks chatting all things gin, all to be rounded off with a rib (rigid inflatable boat) ride around Salcombe harbour. Boats, views and gin. Lots of gin. 

Salcombe Gin

Mmm, Salcombe Gin G&Ts…

Anyway, before we get too jealous, it’s time for the big reveal.

The winner is….

Tracey Jennings from Pudsey, West Yorkshire!

Congratulations Tracey, and a huge thanks to everyone who got involved. Let’s be real, everyone’s winning with a bottle of Salcombe Gin. Cheers!

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Win! The Mackmyra private cask ownership experience!

Ever wanted to own your own maturing cask of spirit, soon to be whisky? Now you can, courtesy of Swedish distillery Mackmyra! It’s a whisky lover’s dream – not just…

Ever wanted to own your own maturing cask of spirit, soon to be whisky? Now you can, courtesy of Swedish distillery Mackmyra!

It’s a whisky lover’s dream – not just having the drinks cabinet of dreams, but owning an actual cask, too. And Mackmyra wants to make this very dream come true for one very lucky drinks geek!

Mackmyra became Sweden’s first dedicated whisky distillery when it was founded in 1999. Now in 2019, the year of its 20th anniversary, it operates two sites, with a fierce focus on flavour and innovation. There’s peated (using bog moss and juniper!) and unpeated spirit, and there’s a real passion for capturing the local sense of place, too. And now, one mega-lucky winner can go behind the scenes at the whisky-maker with a cask of their very own!

So… what’s up for grabs?

Super simply, 30 litres of unpeated new make spirit, destined to go into a 30-litre first-fill ex-bourbon cask, complete with a personalised brass plaque. That cask will then be matured in one of two Mackmyra’s warehouses for at least three years. Victor’s choice! You can select between The Bodås Mine (the distillery’s primary warehouse, which has high humidity and stays at around 7-10°C all year round – you won’t be able to visit your cask here though, mind) or the Forest Warehouse (concrete-built and half-buried into a bank, with a drier atmosphere, a higher temperature in summer, and as such, a greater angels’ share – and you can visit it!).

Mackmyra cask

You could be the proud owner of a cask!

The winner will be able to monitor their whisky’s maturation journey, receiving a 50ml sample each year so they can see how it’s coming along. Once a least three years and one day have passed, it’ll be time for that lucky so-and-so to get their mitts on the actual whisky (that is, unless you want to let it mature for longer, which you’re free to do so).

The whisky will be bottled up, complete with labels bearing the winner’s own message, and then delivered. Be warned, though, Mackmyra can only deliver to the UK, Denmark, Germany or France – if the winner choose to further ship them elsewhere, they may be subject to duties and taxes by authorities at the destination country at the winner’s expense.

Loving the sound of the private cask ownership experience but fancy adding an extra flavour dimension? The winner will be given the option of upgrading (at their own expense) to peated spirit (£200), or to oloroso sherry, American oak or Anniversary casks (£600). You can even choose to start the process with a four year old spirit for £300.

I want the private cask experience! How do I enter?

Super simple! Snap up one of these delicious Mackmyra bottlings, and we’ll pop your name in a hat, just like that. Magic! (See T&Cs)

Mackmyra Whiskies

Snap up one of the delicious Swedish whiskies and you’ll be in with a chance to win!

To make it even easier, we’ve lopped £3.50 off MACK by Mackmyra, and a whole fiver off the mouthwatering Äppelblom! We are good to you.

You could also snap up Brukswhisky, Svensk Ek, Svensk Rök, or Svensk Rök/Amerikansk Ek from the core range, or Skördetid, Gruvguld, the Moment series, Fjällmark, Efva, Prestige, or Ledin from the seasonal line!

So. If you fancy winning the chance to join Mackmyra’s private cask ownership experience (provided by and Mackmyra’s sole responsibility), you know what to do! We’re not jealous of the winner at all…

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Win a VIP trip to Salcombe Gin distillery!

Here at MoM, we’ve teamed up with Salcombe Distilling Co. to give you an incredible chance to win a trip down to the Devon distillery! Expect gin, stunning views and…

Here at MoM, we’ve teamed up with Salcombe Distilling Co. to give you an incredible chance to win a trip down to the Devon distillery! Expect gin, stunning views and boats, many many boats…

Gin lovers, boat lovers, this one’s for you. Salcombe’s stunning waterfront and plethora of coastal activities has drawn people to the coastline for years. Lucky for us, it now also has its very own gin! Two friends, Angus and Howard, who met while working as sailing instructors, decided to bottle what makes Salcombe so special. Behold, Salcombe Gin was born. It only opened three short years ago, in November 2016, but there’s boatloads of history down there, and the distillery and the gin itself were inspired by Salcombe’s shipbuilding heritage.

salcombe gin rose sainte marie

Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie spritzes

Salcombe Distilling Co. has been busy ever since, with new releases popping up left, right and centre, the most recent of which is the delicious Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie. With no added sugar and inspired by Provence rosé wine, it’s pink, it’s dry and it’s the perfect summer sipper.

Did you know the distillery even deliver their gin… by boat? To other boats? To sum up, these guys are cool, their gin is delicious, and they really like boats. On to the competition!

What do I win?

So many lovely things! A two-night stay for two (the lucky winner and the equally fortuitous plus one) at the beautiful Brightham House boutique B&B, which was named by The Times at one of its top 10 coolest places to stay in the UK. You’ll enjoy a scrumptious dinner for two at the stunning Salcombe Harbour Hotel as well! Of course, it would be rude not to have a wonderful distillery tour and attend the gin school with the lovely Salcombe Gin folks. The distillery is called ‘The Boathouse’, appropriately nestled in the boat-building quarter of Salcombe. Right on the waterfront, it’s one of only a handful of distilleries accessible by boat! Pretty cool, if you ask us. There you can meet the still named Provident, and enjoy some delicious gin while you admire the coastal views.

salcombe gin

Even the views inside the distillery are superb!

All this to be rounded off by a rambunctious rib (rigid inflatable boat) ride around Salcombe harbour!* (Weather and time of year permitting, of course.) It’s going to be quite the excursion.

I want in! How do I enter?

This is the fun part, and it’s so easy! All you have to do is buy a bottle from the following Salcombe Gin distillery range, and you’re automagically entered. (For the nitty gritty details, see the competition terms below.)

Start Point

This is the inaugural gin from the Devon distillery, boasting 13 botanicals including Macedonian juniper, chamomile, fresh lemon, lime and red grapefruit peels. It takes inspiration from the Salcombe fruiters, boats which brought exotic fruit into the humble bay from all over the world in the 19th century. The gin boasts notes of warming spice, peppery heat, a fruity note with piney juniper and a burst of citrus.

Rosé Sainte Marie

A pink expression from Salcombe, inspired by dry rosé Provence wine. That explains why it’s named after the Sainte Marie Lighthouse which marks the Southern entrance to the Old Port of Marseille, where the aftorementioned fruiters would pick up the haul destined for the UK. With no added sugar, it’s full of floral notes, peppery juniper and gentle notes of red fruit and citrus, without being overly sweet.

Guiding Star Voyager Series

Part of the Voyager Series, Guiding Star is a sloe and damson gin made in partnership with Niepoort, a fabulous Portuguese winery. The fruity spirit was finished in a Tawny Port cask from the winery, and is full of jammy Port, orange peel, oak spice and earthy juniper notes.

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The Salcombe Gin Distillery range, in all its glory

Arabella – Voyager Series

This expression was created in collaboration with renowned chef Michael Caines MBE, who was in fact born in Devon himself. Caines selected all the botanicals himself, including hibiscus, bitter almond, lemon thyme and verbena, taking inspiration from a garden in bloom in English summer. It was named Arabella after a famed fruiter built in 1860, and the gin is full of floral notes, with earthy spice, loads of citrus and hallmark juniper.

Island Queen Voyager Series

Another collaboration with Salcombe Gin and a famed chef, this time Monica Galetti influenced the spirit. This gin is super tropical, inspired by another Salcombe fruiter after the same name, with notes of fresh mango, pineapple and coconut, balanced by traditional juniper, citrus and aromatic spices.

Mischief Voyager Series

Made with the help of restaurateur Mark Hix MBE, Mischief contains 10 botanicals in honour of the 10th anniversary of the Hix Restaurant Group. Again, it’s named after a famous Salcombe fruiter built in 1856. With sea buckthorn and samphire, the maritime notes balance well with the supporting floral tones and lots of aromatic juniper.

Finisterre

A wonderful cask aged expression, Finisterre spent 11 months resting in an American oak casks which previously housed Fino sherry from Bodegas Tradición. It takes its name from the Spanish ‘finis terre’, which translates to ‘end of the earth’, which is how far the Salcombe Gin folks say they’ll go for the perfect botanicals!  The cask has imparted a hint of salinity and sweeter fruity notes to the already herbaceous and citrus forward gin.

Finisterre Gift Pack

Remember that Fino sherry we were just talking about from Bodegas Tradición? Well, in this ingenious Finisterre Gift Pack, a bottle of the cask aged gin is accompanied by a bottle of that very sherry! Now you can compare and contrast the two wonderful bottlings.

So that’s it: buy a bottle of gin, and you’re in. We know, it sounds too good to be true, but it is! 

Good luck, and happy gin-drinking to all! 

*Only available between April – September months. £50 spa voucher will be provided in the event the rib ride is not available

MoM Salcombe Gin Competition 2019 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 6 August to 20 August 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 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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