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The winner of a bundle of 1826 booze is…

It’s winner time, folks. Who’s got their hands on some delicious 1862 pre-bottled cocktails? We reveal all… We love being the bearer of good news. Like when we get to…

It’s winner time, folks. Who’s got their hands on some delicious 1862 pre-bottled cocktails? We reveal all…

We love being the bearer of good news. Like when we get to shout about the arrival of wonderful new booze or tell folks they’ve won the prize from one of our many lovely competitions.

Happily, we’re getting to do the latter today by announcing the winner of our 1826 cocktail competition. Just as a refresher, the prize is four bottled cocktails that provide bar-quality booze in a matter of moments. There’s a Cognac Espresso Martini made with Courvoisier, a Smoky French Martini crafted using Laphroaig whisky as well as an Old Fashioned and a Mint Julep that makes use of the delightful Maker’s Mark bourbon. Oh, and a Maker’s Mark bar spoon, a Courvoisier cocktail shaker and a Laphroaig beanie hat!

The winner of a bundle of 1826 booze is...

All of this is now yours!

And not one, but two lucky winners are about to receive a bundle of each. Who are they? Well, it’s…

Jules Eley and Emma Whiteman!

Congratulations to you both. We hope you and your friends enjoy the booze. Don’t forget, you did promise to share…

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The winner of a VIP trip to Jura Distillery is…

The time has come to announce the winner of our VIP trip to the wonderful Jura Distillery!  There are few distillery locations as iconic and romantic as Jura, a remote…

The time has come to announce the winner of our VIP trip to the wonderful Jura Distillery

There are few distillery locations as iconic and romantic as Jura, a remote island home to deer and drams that’s on the bucket list for many whisky fans. In November we had the pleasure of inviting you to win the chance to bag a VIP trip to the famous distillery and now we get to announce which lucky person will be packing their bags…

Hannah Berry – London!

Congratulations to you, a private VIP tour and tasting, as well as free accommodation, food and island activity await. Oh, and an opportunity to take home a distillery exclusive bottling signed by distillery manager Graham Logan. What a prize!

The winner of a VIP trip to Jura Distillery is...

Congrats to all our victors! We hope you love your boozy prizes.

Speaking of which, there’s also a few runners up to announce who have bagged themselves a bottle of distillery exclusive 17 Year Old sherry cask expression! Congratulations to…

George Heslop – Leeds

Rhian Broomhead – Cheshire

Paul Loran – Warwickshire

Sandra Clarke – Kent

Well done all, we hope you enjoy your bounty!

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Torabhaig Legacy 2017 is here!

Torabhaig Legacy 2017 has arrived and due to high demand, we’ve made the decision to sell the bottles via lottery. Here’s how you can get your hands on one. The…

Torabhaig Legacy 2017 has arrived and due to high demand, we’ve made the decision to sell the bottles via lottery. Here’s how you can get your hands on one.

The first whisky from Torabhaig Distillery is here and, much like the rest of the whisky world, we are delighted. We even did a whole blog post about itIt’s called Torabhaig Legacy 2017 and it’s a single vintage, single malt Scotch whisky matured in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 46% ABV.

But it’s not those details that have got people so excited and ready to throw their money at it. It’s the fact that it’s the inaugural dram from only the second-ever licensed single malt Scotch whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye. That means this release does come with certain realities. Which is that there is a limited supply of bottles and loads and loads of people want it.

Because we want to be as fair as possible, we’ve decided that a bottle lottery is the best way to sell this spirit (for more details we refer you to this sweary and handily post from 2016). We will approach this lottery the same as we have others before, by listing the timeline below, and promising that we will adorn the bottle with the message: “I hereby swear not to sell this bottle – but to drink it with my chums. May my taste-buds and olfactory bulb shrivel and die if I should break my word.”

Now that the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ and have been taken care of, let’s get straight to the ‘when’ and ‘where’.

Torabhaig Legacy 2017 is here!

Look, it’s Torabhaig Legacy 2017!

Torabhaig Legacy 2017 lottery timeline:

All of the action is taking place on the Torabhaig Legacy 2017 product page, so to enter you’ll need to make sure you head to the product page and pop in your email address (it’s on the right-hand side, you can’t miss it). All the times are in GMT. Be sure to stick a reminder of them in your phone/on the fridge door/mow them into your lawn to make sure you’re in it to win it. We wish you the best of luck.

Bottle Lottery: Friday 19 Feb 12:00 – Monday 22 Feb 13:00 GMT

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#BagThisBundle – Win a delicious bundle from Pangolin Gin!

Want to win a delicious bundle of gin and tonic water, all while raising awareness for an endangered animal? Better enter our latest #BagThisBundle competition, then!  Great gin with an…

Want to win a delicious bundle of gin and tonic water, all while raising awareness for an endangered animal? Better enter our latest #BagThisBundle competition, then! 

Great gin with an even better cause is something we love to get behind here at MoM Towers. And Pangolin Gin is one such example. Found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, pangolins (also known as scaly anteaters) are a very cute animal with a very sad story. It is the most trafficked animal in the world because of demand for its scales and meat. The former is often used as alternative medicine, despite having no medicinal properties.

Pangolin Gin was founded to help the animal while giving people something delicious to sip at the same time. The gin itself boasts African botanicals like baobab, rooibos, and honeybush. While each bottle sold sees a donation to Pangolin conservation charities working across Africa and Asia to protect it from extinction.

Pangolin searching for ants

One of our scaly little friends searching for some ants.

Here’s what you can win:

In honour of World Pangolin Day (which is 20 February, get it in your diaries!), the folks behind Pangolin Gin have released a special limited Pink edition. Not only does it boast the addition of pink peppercorn, pink grapefruit, and orange peel to the botanical list, but 50% of the profits from each bottle are donated to the Born Free Foundation, supporting its international Pangolin conservation projects!

To celebrate this exciting release (and very worthy cause), we thought we’d give you the chance to win a tasty bundle. What exactly is in this bundle? We’re glad you asked…

#BagThisBundle Pangolin Gin and Double Dutch Tonic Water

This could be yours!

How to #BagThisBundle of Pangolin Gin:

Sounds pretty good, right? Now you’re probably wondering how to enter. Just complete the following steps: 

Oh, and what’s even more exciting is that we’re choosing not just one, but two lucky winners! That’s just doubled your chances. 

Best of luck to you all! We’re off to watch pangolin videos on YouTube now – we just can’t get enough of the little critters. 

MoM Pangolin Gin Bag This Bundle Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over and in the UK only. Entries accepted from 12:00 GMT on 16 February 2021 to 23:59:59 20 Feb 2021. 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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#BagThisBundle – win a bundle of goodies with 1826 pre-bottled cocktails!

Want bar-quality cocktails that are easy to make and ready to enjoy in the comfort of your own home? Good, then you should enter this competition to win some 1826 pre-bottled…

Want bar-quality cocktails that are easy to make and ready to enjoy in the comfort of your own home? Good, then you should enter this competition to win some 1826 pre-bottled cocktails!

We love a good trend here at MoM Towers. Not just drinks-based. Social media. Fashion. You name it. But some trends are questionable at best and others are better left in the past. Like rebooting every vaguely successful film or TV show. Or Crocs. What were we thinking?

But there are plenty of welcome trends too, like people embracing ready-to-drink (RTD) options. This market is booming with a capital ‘boom’ at the moment. Given we can’t turn to bartenders to provide delicious, convenient and complex cocktails right now that’s not much of a surprise. Neither is a brand like Edrington-Beam Suntory UK getting in on the act, which it has done with the Thomas Lowndes 1826 range

In total there are four bottled cocktails: an Old Fashioned and a Mint Julep made with Maker’s Mark bourbon, a Cognac Espresso Martini that features Courvoisier and a Smoky French Martini made using Laphroaig whisky instead of vodka or gin. Why are we telling you all of this? Well, because we’re back with a new competition. And the prize you stand to win is a box containing all the whole range

You can win these 1826 pre-bottled cocktails!

You can win these 1826 pre-bottled cocktails!

Just to make that crystal clear, this includes:

PLUS (prize surprise!):

If the rest of the prize seems a little random, just check the paragraph above and remember all those brands feature in the 1826 cocktails. See? Makes perfect sense now. As does the way you enter this competition. Just complete the following steps: 

Oh, and we’re not naming just one winner. Oh no. There will be two winners of this competition, which will be announced soon. If you want to be one of them you’ll need to get entering. Best of luck!

MoM 1826 Cocktails Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over and in the UK only. Entries accepted from 12:00 GMT on 10 February 2021 to 23:59 GMT 14 February 2021. 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 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive is here!

Another cohort of brilliant booze from Buffalo Trace has arrived. How is this possible? Thanks to our creation of The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive.  When we sold our allocation of…

Another cohort of brilliant booze from Buffalo Trace has arrived. How is this possible? Thanks to our creation of The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive. 

When we sold our allocation of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2019 back in October you probably, and quite reasonably, thought that you’d had your fill of American whiskey excellence for a while. But we’re mavericks (I had a regular lemonade today, diet be damned!) so we’ve put together another selection: The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive. The bottlings are from 2016-2018. Are you ready to do it all again? Of course you are!

As you might remember, we don’t do things conventionally when it comes to whiskey with this kind of demand. Once again we’re turning to the patented ‘least-worst’ pronged approach to ensure that the limited supply is allocated as fairly as possible. So, some of the bottles are being auctioned and others are being sold by lottery. The exact breakdown is next to each expression below. First, here’s a reminder of those prongs.

The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive is here!

Look! It’s the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive!

The prongs:

Prong 1) Some will be sold as full bottles. These will be allocated by lottery with the following statement on the back of each: “I, [your lucky winning name], hereby swear not to sell this bottle – but to drink it with my chums. May my taste-buds and olfactory bulb shrivel and die if I should break my word.

Prong 2) Others will be sold via auction with everything over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) going to the amazing Malaria No More UK. We’re supporters of the cause because we believe in the charity’s mission to catalyse and inspire the global partnership, leadership and financing necessary to make malaria no more within a generation. This is particularly important now as the spread of Covid-19 around the globe is presenting a major threat to millions of families at risk of malaria.

Limited quantities will always mean that some won’t get what you want. But we promise (cross our hearts, etc.) that everything we receive, we sell, as per our stockholding policy. Now that everybody is clear on how this works (this classic 2016 post outlines everything in greater detail if you need it), let’s look at those whiskeys.

The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive is here!

If you want to get your hands on these you’ll need to make a note of those times!

The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive: 

The collection is teaming with limited-edition expressions from various Antique Collections, including:

George T. Stagg (2018 Release) – RRP £125.00. 42 bottles for lottery, 20 bottles for auction.

George T. Stagg (2017 Release) – RRP £125.00. 4 bottles for lottery, 2 bottles for auction.

William Larue Weller (2018 Release) – RRP £125.00. 32 bottles for lottery, 13 bottles for auction.

William Larue Weller (2017 Release) – RRP £125.00. 4 bottles for lottery, 2 bottles for auction.

William Larue Weller (2016 Release) – RRP £125.00. 8 bottles for lottery, 4 bottles for auction.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2018 Release) – RRP £125.00. 21 bottles for lottery, 8 bottles for auction.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2017 Release) – RRP £125.00. 6 bottles for lottery, 3 bottles for auction.

Sazerac 18 Year Old (2017 Release) – RRP £126.95. 6 bottles for lottery, 3 bottles for auction.

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive Lottery and Auction Timeline:

The fun will occur on the individual product pages, which are all in one place thanks to this nifty Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Archive page. Make sure you’ve updated your calendar with the times and good luck!

Bottle Lottery

Thu 28 Jan 13:00 – Fri 29 Jan 12:00 GMT

Bottle Charity Auctions

Fri 29 Jan 13:00 – Mon 1 Feb 12:00 GMT

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Burns Night poetry competition – we have a winner!

The results of our third Burns Night poetry competition are in! We are delighted to announce the winner of two Islay malts and a Glencairn tasting glass. Read on for…

The results of our third Burns Night poetry competition are in! We are delighted to announce the winner of two Islay malts and a Glencairn tasting glass. Read on for some top quality words…

We were meant to announce the winner of our Burns Night poetry competition on Burns Night itself, Monday 25 January, but we were so inundated with entries of such a high standard that it took a bit longer to come to a decision. But finally, after much discussion, we are delighted to announce that the winner is……

Lee Porterfield! 

The judges were impressed with his amusing take on toasting the Bard. It works particularly well when read aloud and we can see it becoming something of a Burns Night classic. So thank you Mr Porterfield! You win a bottle each of Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire 10 Year Old Islay single malt and Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire 10 Year Old Cask Strength Islay single malt from our friends at Atom Labs, plus a Glencairn tasting glass to sip them out of.  And here’s the poem:

Rabbie Burns Toast 

Rabbie Burns the toast.
He burns the tatties as well,
There ne’er was a clumsier man
Than Rabbie Burns hi’sel

Rabbie Burns the toast.
He forgot tae turn it o’er,
It’s a blackened on the one side,
And there’s melted butter all o’er.

Rabbie burns the toast.
He’s scorched it all tae hell,
Distracted by yon po-yums
That dinnae ring a bell!

Rabbie, man, what have ye done?
Ye’ve wasted all the lard,
This kind ay thing cannae stand
Even if you are “the Bard”.

Ye had one job, Rabbie,
Tae make the toast for me,
Instead ye’ve wrote a poyum
For everyone to see!

I guess I can forgive ye,
You really are the most
Making all the country proud:
“Tae Rabbie Burns, a toast!”

Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire

And here’s what you’ve won!

As we said, the standard was extremely high this year and it was a difficult choice so we’ve also picked five runners up who will all receive drams. They are: Andrew Douglas, Emma Whiteman, Dave Cox, Alex Ball and Glen Sewell. You can read their entries below.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who entered. This year there were so many funny entries, some of them extremely rude. We had great fun judging the contest. It cheered us right up. In fact, someone in-house had the idea of publishing a Master of Malt Burns Night poetry book. Watch this space! Now here are those runners-up, in no particular order:

Sipping memories
Of camping with my father
When his boots caught fire

Andrew Douglas

———————

I am home schooling
My kids are aged eight and six
I require whisky

Emma Whiteman

———————

Now here begins a relationship between poetry and whisky,
A competition entry that will always be a risk, see
when you start talking about the water of life,
you may oft end up conversing about a Scottish poets life. 

But not everyone will understand the words that he wrote,
A “Wee tim’rous beastie” could easily be a stoat.
“The best laid schemes Gang aft a-gley”
can leave us pondering ‘what’s that you say?’

One one things for certain – his love for his terroir
So much so that folk come from near and a-far
To breath in the air, albeit quite brisk, he
draws people in, where they can sample the whisky.

Burns’ ink reacts to paper like whisky inside a cask,
Both interactions with wood leaving impressions that last.
His words cause confusion, adrenalin and pain,
Like high whiskybase scores on Haig Club Single Grain.

Like Burns’ poetry, whisky is art,
years of perfecting with head and with heart,
A journey that starts with indeterminate end,
And distillers wondering what SWA rules they can bend.

But one things for certain this liquid will stay
That’s something that 2020 cant take away
Like Burns’ poetry, whisky will always stand strong
with a delightful palate, and a finish that’s long.

Dave Cox

———————

Of drams and drizzle:

Pile through the door, quick get it shut!
Peel off your coats, dodge the shaking black mutt.
O’er to the cabinet, a bottle, some glasses,
and turn to the fire to warm your numbed arses.
Oot there the wind shrieks, the glens fall to gloom,
in here the cork squeaks, your rising perfume.
The rain sweeps the mountains, the streams they do swell,
of fruit cakes and seaweed, all troubles you quell.
Inky black shorelines, fierce seas without master,
the tinkling of crystal, soft light and bright laughter.
N’er mind the damp wool, chilled bone and sinew,
your heat it pervades, sets the soul anew.
You grow sage o’er eons, as mountains do too,
and of a joint genesis – lo’, who knew?
For your warmth it hides your true nature from me –
after all you are born of dark peat and wild sea.

Alex Ball

———————

Aye, whisky wid cure the covid,
But then, Rabbie wid say that ye ken
He, best of all the poet’s knew
Whisky fires the heart o menThe amber nectar shines the eye
Can melt the ire o beast
Ane glass o it is held
To be grander than a feastIf ony, men o politics
Wid huddle roond a glass
Then all the strife in a the world
Wid vanish and wid passIf all the sodjers laid aside their arms
And drank a health instead
There,d be no wars nor civil strife
And name Maer bombs tae dreadSae whisky, heres guid health tae ye
Lang may your glory shine
Ye may not cure the covid
But you’re better than all wine.

Glenn Sewell

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The winner of a bundle of goodies from Atom Labs is…

We have a winner! Our latest #BagThisBundle competition has ended and one lucky person is about to receive a delivery of the most excellent goodies from Atom Labs. Imagine opening…

We have a winner! Our latest #BagThisBundle competition has ended and one lucky person is about to receive a delivery of the most excellent goodies from Atom Labs.

Imagine opening your drinks cabinet and seeing an array of delicious and delightful boozy creations like gin and rum made from actual Jaffa Cakes, bourbon crafted using Bourbon biscuits, a Scotch Whisky finished in a chestnut cask and even more all waiting to be enjoyed.

Well, for one lucky person that experience isn’t a fantasy but a reality. Because they have won a bundle of brilliance from our friends over at Atom Labs thanks to that lovely little competition we put together between Christmas and New Year. Remember? Back in… 2020 *shudders*.

Look at all this booze you can win thanks to Atom Labs!

Look at all this booze you can win thanks to Atom Labs!

Anyway, congratulations to…

Lydia Seekings from London!

We hope you enjoy your prize and thank you to everyone who entered.

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Win a VIP trip to Benriach Distillery!

Fancy winning a dream trip to a tremendous Scotch whisky distillery? Of course you do. Good thing we’ve got a new competition for you to enter… There’s no shortage of…

Fancy winning a dream trip to a tremendous Scotch whisky distillery? Of course you do. Good thing we’ve got a new competition for you to enter…

There’s no shortage of delightful distilleries to visit when in Speyside, but one that should definitely be on your bucket list is Benriach. The Brown-Forman owned distillery is intriguingly home to both peated and unpeated whisky and makes use of a diverse cask profile, maturing its malt in barrels such as ex-bourbon, sherry, Jamaican rum and sweet Marsala. If you’re someone who is interested in the way in which whisky is made, this is a great place to witness the process in action. Just ask the folks who won our last VIP trip competition there…

VIP trip to Benriach Distillery

Fancy heading here? Then get entering!

That’s right, we’re back with another competition and we’re offering you another chance to sample the delights of one of Speyside’s finest. Up for grabs is UK travel to the Benriach distillery for two people including a tour and tasting experience as well a visit to the incredible Speyside Cooperage. There’s also going to be time for another Speyside-based activity (which is TBC and time of year dependant), as you’ll be spending two nights in Scotland at either the Craigellachie hotel or the Highlander Inn (subject to availability) with breakfast included. And there’s also a 3-course dinner for two with 2 drinks one evening at the Castle Hotel. It’s basically the break you all deserve after that year, frankly.

So, how do you put yourself in the running? By purchasing a full-size bottle from the Benriach distillery range* (for the nitty-gritty details, see the competition terms below). That’s all. Easy as pie. And even more delicious. Best of all, right now the Benriach The Twelve and Benriach The Smoky Twelve are available for £5 off.  So you get to enter a competition, pick yourself up a bottle of tasty booze and save a few quid in the process. 

VIP trip to Benriach Distillery

The core range was revamped last year and is better than ever

Best of luck to all of you and be sure to keep an eye out on the MoM blog for when we announce the winner…

MoM Benriach Distillery Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 14 January to 23:59 28 January 2021. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Date and travel restrictions apply. Postal route available. See full T&Cs for details. 

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Burns Night poetry competition – win Islay single malts

It’s type to sharpen your pencils because our great Burns Night poetry competition is back by popular demand. You could win two delicious bottles of Islay single malt, plus a…

It’s type to sharpen your pencils because our great Burns Night poetry competition is back by popular demand. You could win two delicious bottles of Islay single malt, plus a Glencairn glass.

UPDATE: We’ve been inundated with entries and will announce the winner ASAP once each work of poetic genius has been subject to due consideration.

For the third year running we are calling on Master of Malt customers to flex their poetry muscles for a chance to win whisky. When we launched the competition back in 2019, we thought maybe we’d get 10 entries. Instead we got many times that and the quality was surprisingly high. Just take a look at the winning entries from 2019 and 2020.

This year Burns Night, Monday 25 January, is going to be a little different for all of us. But we can still eat haggis and neeps, drink some whisky and, most importantly, celebrate the words of the Bard himself, Robert Burns: “Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!” Great stuff, we love a bit of Burns at Master of Malt. To help you on your way, we are giving away: a bottle each of Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire 10 Year Old Islay single malt and Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire 10 Year Old Cask Strength Islay single malt from our friends at Atom Labs, plus a Glencairn tasting glass to sip them out of. 

Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire

All you have to do is compose a poem about whisky. We had some Ossian-esque epics last year so we’re limiting entries to 25 lines. All poems must be in English or Scots. Apart from those rules, let your imagination run wild: you can write a haiku, a sonnet or maybe something experimental a la E.E. Cummings. Poems will be judged by the discerning team here at Master of Malt. There’s at least one second class English degree from a redbrick university among us, so we know what we’re doing. Before you set pen to paper, we’ll offer you a couple of tips: try to be amusing, if we have to read 50 poems, we are going to remember the ones that made us laugh; if you can’t make us laugh, make us cry; please don’t rhyme ‘whisky’ with ‘frisky’, it’s an automatic disqualification.

The 2021 MoM Burns Night poetry competition is open to entrants 18 years and over with postage to UK addresses only. Entries accepted from 12:00 GMT on 13 January to 23:59 GMT 21 January 2021. Full T&Cs are below, but to enter simply email us at [email protected], or comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or below with your poem by 21 January. The winner will be announced on Burns Night, 25 January.

Good luck and may the muse be with you. 

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