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#BagThisBundle – make amazing cocktails with Zespri kiwis!

Need some cocktail inspiration? In the mood to mix up a storm? A big fan of kiwis? Then you’ll want to enter our latest #BagThisBundle competition. When you break it…

Need some cocktail inspiration? In the mood to mix up a storm? A big fan of kiwis? Then you’ll want to enter our latest #BagThisBundle competition.

When you break it down, cocktails are really simple. There’s only two things you need to make delicious drinks: great ingredients and the right equipment. Armed with those, you’ll soon have your friends and family proclaiming you to be a master of mixology. Assuming you don’t try and do any of this nonsense. Leave that to the professionals. And Tom Cruise.

But if you’re in it for the love of the game and just want to create tasty cocktails, then we’ve got something for you. By teaming up with the fab folks over at Zespri SunGold kiwifruits, we’ve put together a bundle that includes a full selection of spirits, ingredients, and equipment, including of course some delicious kiwis. You’d be amazed how many great serves those furry little berries can make.

make amazing cocktails with Zespri kiwis

Everything you need to make amazing cocktails with Zespri kiwis awaits!

Here’s exactly what you stand to win:

As this is a #BagThisBundle competition, we’re retaining our classic super-simple entry method. Just do the following: 

That’s it. Complete those steps and you’re in it to win it. Best of luck, everyone!

MoM ‘Zespri Bag This Bundle’ Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 GMT on 12 May to 23:59:59 GMT on 15 May 2021. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. UK only. See full T&Cs for details.

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#BagThisBundle – Win a bundle of Sexton Irish Single Malt Whiskey goodies!

It’s time to dream of prizes boozy and brilliant as we have a new #BagThisBundle competition to enter! Fans of Irish whiskey don’t want to miss out on this… The…

It’s time to dream of prizes boozy and brilliant as we have a new #BagThisBundle competition to enter! Fans of Irish whiskey don’t want to miss out on this…

The Irish whiskey boom has paved the way for a number of intriguing new bottles to appear on the scene. Take The Sexton, for example. It’s an Irish single malt was created by one of the few female master blenders in the Irish whiskey industry, Alex Thomas. 

Thomas works with spirit made entirely from Irish malted barley at Bushmills Distillery, which is triple distilled in copper pot stills before being matured in European oak casks from France that are seasoned with Oloroso sherry from Jerez over in Spain. The result is a rich, sherried treat with notes of dark chocolate, dried fruit, and aromatic spice.

It’s also a real all-rounder of a dram that’s perfect for whipping up some delicious Irish whiskey cocktails with. And we’d like to make doing that a little easier. That’s why we’ve teamed up with The Sexton to launch a new #BagThisBundle competition. If you win, the following will be yours.

  • The Sexton Single Malt
  • A branded speed pourer
  • A branded ice stamp
  • A cocktail booklet
  • A branded lapel pin
  • Two branded slate coasters
  • And six (6!) Highball glasses
Sexton Irish Whiskey

This bundle has everything you need to master Irish whiskey mixology

A host of sensational whiskey cocktails await you. As long as you remember to enter. It’s pretty important that you do the following steps. Thankfully, we’re once again using our tried and tested system. It’s delightfully simple. Here’s what you need to do:

That’s it. Now get entering!

MoM Sexton Irish Single Malt Whiskey ‘Bag This Bundle’ Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 GMT on 5 May to 23:59:59 GMT on 9 May 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 Duppy Share goodies!

Competition time! We have teamed up with our pals at Duppy Share Rum to give away an incredible bundle of boozy goodies. We know you lovely lot know your stuff…

Competition time! We have teamed up with our pals at Duppy Share Rum to give away an incredible bundle of boozy goodies.

We know you lovely lot know your stuff when it comes to drinks. So the angel’s share is almost certainly familiar to you. But in the Caribbean, it’s not angels that are helping themselves to the good stuff. It’s the mischievous Duppy spirits. They travel from island to island and take a portion of the finest rum they can find. What they steal is known as the Duppy Share.

This process of spirit snatching is where the Duppy Share rum brand gets its name. It has two products at present. One is The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum, a blend of 3-year-old 100% pot still rum from the Worthy Park Distillery in Jamaica and a 5-year-old 100% column still rum from the Foursquare Distillery in Barbados that were both aged in oak barrels. The other is The Duppy Share Spiced Rum, a blend of 2-year-old Jamaican and Barbadian rum that has been treated to the addition of pineapple, kola nut, and Caribbean spices. 

Both have won multiple awards, look great (we’re particular fans of the dancing Croco-bloke on the spiced rum label) and are delicious neat as well as in a number of cocktails. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Thanks to our latest competition, you can get your hands on your own share of delicious rum and, like the dastardly Duppy spirits, you won’t have to pay a penny to do so.

Duppy Share

Five (5!) people will each get their hands on their own bundle

Here’s exactly what’s up for grabs:

In order to enter, you need to sneak into a Jamaican rum distillery and… nah. Just kidding. All you have to do is follow these super-simple steps:

That’s it. Oh, and one more important detail. There won’t just be one winner for the competition. Nope. A total of FIVE (5!) people will win the above prize. So your chances just increased significantly. Now get entering!

Duppy Share

A fan of tasty rum? Then get entering now!

MoM ‘Bag This Bundle’ Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 BST on 27 April to 23:59:59 BST on 30 April 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 winner of our River Rock whisky bundle is…

Gather round and listen up – it’s time to announce the winner of our River Rock #BagThisBundle competition!  As the embers burn out on this week’s #BagThisBundle competition, it’s time…

Gather round and listen up – it’s time to announce the winner of our River Rock #BagThisBundle competition! 

As the embers burn out on this week’s #BagThisBundle competition, it’s time for us to announce the winner! We teamed up with River Rock whisky for this scorcher – just to remind you what was up for grabs, the prize includes a bottle of River Rock whisky, one stove ranger kit, and a pair of insulated tumblers. Perfect for a whisky on the go, even if it’s a bit nippy out! 

Entry was super easy; a quick follow of us and River Rock on Instagram and tagging three friends who you’d share the prize with was all we required.

River Rock whisky

This bundle was up for grabs!

A very well done to…

Emily Hull from North Wales!

Congratulations Emily, we hope you and your friends are ready to cosy up beside your new stove, with a tumbler of River Rock! 

Wish you won? There’ll be plenty more chances –  do keep an eye out for more giveaways coming soon and don’t forget to enter!

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Win an incredible VIP trip to The Lakes Distillery!

Looking to make the most of your newfound freedom by taking a break and enjoying some delicious booze? Then we’ve got the perfect competition for you. A chance to win…

Looking to make the most of your newfound freedom by taking a break and enjoying some delicious booze? Then we’ve got the perfect competition for you. A chance to win a VIP trip to The Lakes Distillery!

Last Friday was St George’s Day which is a perfect excuse to marvel at the increasingly varied and wonderful world of English whisky. And with restrictions being gradually lifted but international travel still tricky, a fantastic holiday idea would be a tour of some of the country’s finest distilleries.

Few can boast quite as many things to do as The Lakes Distillery, which not only has a range of spirits (not just whisky) to taste but also benefits from being located within the Lakes District. Which is a pretty amazing place, if you’re not familiar with it. There are even alpacas roaming the distillery grounds. What’s not to like?

If you’re thinking this is sounding like a dream trip, then wait till you see what we’re offering here today in our latest competition. It’s a VIP trip to The Lakes Distillery with all the trimmings. Here’s what you can win in full:

VIP trip to The Lakes Distillery

Fancy a chance to visit one of the country’s most beautiful distilleries?

The Prize

The winner of this one will be truly spoiled. Picture a Roman noble lounging on a bed while being fed grapes. That’s how spoiled we’re talking. But this is so much better because grapes are being swapped for delicious English whisky.

In full, your prize includes:

  •  A VIP trip to the Lakes Distillery for one person (and their lucky +1), including UK travel and transport for the duration of the trip. 
  • One-night accommodation for two people including breakfast
  • Tour of the Lakes distillery including access to the whisky maker’s blending studio
  • Lunch for two in the on-site bistro which includes 3-course lunch and 1 drink; and
  • A whisky and chocolate tasting experience – with the Lakes finest single malt whiskies, paired with handmade luxury chocolates.
VIP trip to The Lakes Distillery

Just pick up a bottle of the new Lakes Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.4 and you’re in it to win it!

How to enter

And the best part of all this is, entry is incredibly easy. Simply slay a dragon just like the great Saint George would and… wait, are we not doing that format anymore? Oh, ok. Fine.

Well then, entry truly is easy. Because now all you have to do is buy a full-size bottle of The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.4 for a chance to win. That’s it. Just click the link, add to basket and boom! You’re in it to win it.

So, what are you waiting for? Get entering. Good luck everyone!

MoM The Lakes Distillery Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 BST on 26 April to 23:59:59 BST on 10 May 2021. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. Date and travel restrictions apply. Postal route available. See full T&Cs for details.

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Oxford Rye Whisky is here!

One of the most anticipated releases of the last few years is here. The first rye whisky from the Oxford Artisan Distillery, and we are pleased to say it’s every…

One of the most anticipated releases of the last few years is here. The first rye whisky from the Oxford Artisan Distillery, and we are pleased to say it’s every bit as good we hoped. We talk to master distiller Chico Rosa and tell you how you can get your hands on a bottle of Oxford Rye Whisky.

We’ve been big fans of the Oxford Artisan Distillery since it began distilling in 2017. We love its grain-to-glass ethos, it was certified organic in 2020, emphasis on heritage grains and, of course, the spirits coming out of there like the rye vodka and the rye gin.

But the distillery was really set up to make English whisky and in particular rye, and we’ve hardly been able to contain our impatience as the first batches mature. Now the wait is over, and we finally have some. Is it any good? Reader, it’s every bit as delicious as we hoped. See below for how you can get hold of a bottle.

Chico Rosa

Chico Rosa, not only a great distillery but a great name too

Introducing master distiller Chico Rosa

We were fortunate enough to get a little sample and some time with master distiller Chico Rosa. His family makes wine near Lisbon and he intended to follow in their footsteps but he fell in love with brewing while at college. From there, he did a masters in brewing and distilling at Heriot Watt in Scotland before joining the Oxford Artisan Distillery.

The inaugural rye release is made from a mashbill of 70% rye, 20% wheat and 10% malted barley. The cereals were harvested in 2017 from farms local to the distillery. The rye was co-planted with wheat which improves soil health, biodiversity and yield. 

As thick as porridge

Rosa told us he used an old mill from the 1930s which rolls rather than crushes the grains. Consequently, the resulting mash was so thick that, “we could stand an oar up in it.” It was fermented in Hungarian oak vats for a week: “not too hot or cold, or slow or fast” which builds up lots of fruity flavours, says Rosa. He added: “our mash gets lots of lactic bacteria for a super creamy profile.”

This porridge-like substance is then double-distilled in Nautilus, one of the beautiful copper stills built by the team at South Devon Railway and inspired by steam engines (see below). Rosa told us that “it caramelises around the steam coils in the still” producing flavours of “overbaked sourdough and smoky notes.” It was then aged in new American oak casks for just over three years. He said that they were planning to bottle in December but it wasn’t quite ready. This first batch is a blend of two casks and bottled at 46.3% ABV

Well it is ready now and how! The spiciness is incredible taking in cinnamon, cardamom and chilli. The oak doesn’t dominate and the texture is sweet, nutty and creamy. It’s one of the best ryes we’ve ever had and that includes some really fancy stuff from the home of rye, America. Yes, it’s really that good. We tried it alongside an unaged rye from the 2019 harvest and you can taste the DNA, the same big spices, aromatics and smooth, sweet texture.

Oxford Rye Whisky

It tastes as good as it looks

Tasting note from the Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Big spices initially cardamom and Sichuan pepper, then cinnamon and cloves with freshly baked bread and dark chocolate.

Palate: Black pepper, chillies and gingernut biscuits, with dark chocolate, toffee, and baking spices and an intense herbal character running through it. The texture is smooth and sweet.

Finish: It’s that aromatic cardamom notes that lingers, and lingers and lingers. That’s one long finish. 

So yes, definitely worth waiting for. We tried it neat but we think it’ll make a killer Manhattan.

Exciting plans for the future

There’s so many exciting things on the horizon: including a 51% corn whisky which Rosa describes as “so chewy, you can chew this liquid, I’ve never tried a bourbon like this.” They work with four local farms to source a variety of cereals including oats and spelt: “we want to express the field in a bottle.” There will be different cask ryes like manzanilla, moscatel, and vintage and tawny Ports. He’s also experimenting with triple distillation. The “steam punk” set-up allows for a lot of variety in the new makes produced. Oh, and there are some single malts maturing too. 

But back to the Oxford Rye.

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The ‘steampunk’ set-up at the distillery. This still is called Nautilus

Yes, yes, but how can I get my hands on a bottle?

As we only have 48 bottles to sell, demand is going to outstrip supply so as we always do in these cases, we’re going to do a lottery for a chance to buy a bottle. Those who’ve seen our previous lotteries will know we do this because we want to be as fair as possible. As always, our sweary and handy post from 2016 will shed some more light on our policy.

As usual, the action will be taking place on the product page. The timeline is below. The bottle will feature 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.” For those of you who are lucky enough to get hold of a bottle, we are aiming to send them out from 30 April.

Timeline

When you’re ready to enter, simply head here. Don’t comment on the blog, email us or badger the distillery on social media. It won’t help. Just go to the product page. The lottery runs from Friday 23 April 12:00 to Monday 26 April 13:00 BST.

Good luck!

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The winner of a VIP trip to Benriach Distillery is…

Want to know who has won an amazing VIP trip to Benriach Distillery? Good, because we’re about to announce the victor of our competition… I know it seems like a…

Want to know who has won an amazing VIP trip to Benriach Distillery? Good, because we’re about to announce the victor of our competition

I know it seems like a lifetime ago now, but if you cast your minds back to January 2021 you may recall that we launched one of those swanky VIP trip competitions we love putting together.

This particular one promised the incredible opportunity to not just visit Speyside’s delightful Benriach Distillery, but enjoy a tasting experience, a tour of Speyside Cooperage, all kinds of delicious food and more. 

VIP trip to Benriach Distillery

Mr Richards will be heading here to enjoy some delicious Scotch whisky and more!

It’s a whisky lover’s paradise and honestly, we’d love to send all of you who entered to enjoy the spoils of this competition. But, there can only be one winner. And that person is…

Mr Nicholas Richards from Rayleigh, Essex!

Huge congratulations to you, Mr Richards. We sincerely hope you enjoy your VIP trip. 

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to win this time, simply click this neat little link to check out the many other competitions we have running at the moment. And be sure to keep an eye out for future ones…

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#BagThisBundle – Win a bundle of River Rock whisky goodies!

Who wants to win some delicious boozy goodies? It’s competition time and this week we’re giving away River Rock Whisky and more! Anyone who bottles tasty booze is a friend…

Who wants to win some delicious boozy goodies? It’s competition time and this week we’re giving away River Rock Whisky and more!

Anyone who bottles tasty booze is a friend of ours, as far as we’re concerned. But if you want extra brownie points then being sustainable is a good way to go about that.

Take the folks at River Rock WhiskyNot only does the brand make delicious single malt whisky, but it presents the spirit in a unique ‘wonky’ bottle made with glass that would otherwise go to waste. Every one is different, no two bottles are the same colour and each is free of plastic, with recycled paper, a biodegradable seal and no outer packaging favoured to save on waste. River Rock is also a proud member of 1% for the planet and plants a tree up in Scotland for every bottle sold.

To celebrate this outstanding commitment and to give you the opportunity to taste its signature single malt, we decided to put together another one of our #BagThisBundle competitions. What’s in this collection? We’re glad you asked. Here’s what you stand to win:

River Rock whisky

All this could be yours!

So, how do you enter? Simple. Just do the following:

That’s it. Complete those steps and you’re in it to win it. Best of luck, everyone!

MoM ‘Bag This Bundle’ Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over and in the UK only. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 GMT on 15 April to 23:59:59 GMT on 18 April 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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Win some delicious Darkness whisky!

We’re not even going to ask you if you’d like the chance to win some amazing Darkness whisky. Because we know you would. And lucky for you, we have provided…

We’re not even going to ask you if you’d like the chance to win some amazing Darkness whisky. Because we know you would. And lucky for you, we have provided you with that chance.

We’ll tell you something that’s pretty cool about working at MoM Towers. All the time you see these new and delightful booze creations arriving at our doorstep. It could be Pink Rum. Or Macadamia Moonshine. Or incredibly tasty new whisky. The kind that makes you salivate like Homer Simpson.

That’s exactly what’s arrived today in the shape of the new Darkness tasting set. It’s got the classic expression as well as a sumptuous sherried Irish and Scotch single malt to enjoy. And to celebrate, we’ve done something that we think is pretty brilliant. 

Darkness whisky

Look! It’s a delightful new tasting set!

When you buy one (or more) of these sets (or send in a postcard), you’ll be in with the chance to win those exact spirits. But in full bottles. 

Here’s exactly what you stand to win:

  • A 50cl bottle of Benriach 7 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
  • A 50cl bottle of Irish Single Malt 14 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
  • A 70cl bottle of Darkness 8 Year Old

Told you. That’s a lot of delicious whisky that could be yours without having to do that much at all. Just pick up the tasting set now. That’s it. What a world we live in.

Best of luck everyone!

Darkness whisky

This is Irish single malt whiskey – Darkness style. Which means it’s delicious.

MoM Darkness Competition 2021 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 BST on 13 April to 23:59:59 BST on 04 May 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 winner of a bundle of Botanist Gin goodies is…

Someone grab the town crier bell. It’s time to announce the winner of our Botanist Gin #BagThisBundle competition!  Every competition needs a winner. And now that another one of them…

Someone grab the town crier bell. It’s time to announce the winner of our Botanist Gin #BagThisBundle competition

Every competition needs a winner. And now that another one of them has ended, we have the pleasure of announcing who that is. One lucky person has a bundle of Botanist Gin goodies coming their way. Specifically, the Botanist Gin Herb Planter Gift Pack, a bottle of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, a branded mixing glass, two branded tumblers and two branded tote bags. All they’ll need to do is supply the tonic water.

Win Botanist Gin

All this is now yours!

Congratulations to…

Helena Hunter Wood, from Lancashire!

We sincerely hope you enjoy your prize and thanks to all who entered. Keep an eye on the MoM blog as there are plenty more opportunities to win big coming up…

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