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Win an incredible VIP Trip to Bowmore and Laphroaig!

All of our competitions have great prizes, but this one should really excite whisky fans. Two legendary Islay distilleries await.  If you ever have the chance to put smiles on…

All of our competitions have great prizes, but this one should really excite whisky fans. Two legendary Islay distilleries await. 

If you ever have the chance to put smiles on people’s faces, you should take it. This year, of all years, doing just that feels particularly important, so we decided to team up with our pals at Edrington Beam Suntory and put together something seriously special for all our lovely readers.

It’s a competition. Now, all of our competitions are cool, but we have a feeling this one will really excite you. Because it could see you heading to two of the most fantastic and famous distilleries on planet earth. It just happens, in this case, they’re both located on the same island. Islay. Are you shaking with excitement already? Good, you should be. Because you’re a few clicks away from potentially packing a bag to visit Bowmore Distillery and Laphroaig Distillery

VIP Trip to Bowmore and Laphroaig

Ever wanted a dram of Islay whisky on the island itself? Now’s your chance!

You’re probably trying to dance around the room while hyperventilating at this point, so we’re going to outline exactly what you win nice and simple for you: First, you and your chosen travel buddy will get flown out to Scotland. There you will enjoy complimentary accommodation for two nights, as well as dinner. Plus, tours of both Bowmore and Laphroaig distillery and the beautiful island of Islay. Oh, and Edrington-Beam Suntory is also going to throw in some merchandise (for more info see the competition terms below). 

May we assume you’d like to enter? Lovely, here’s how you do it: just buy a bottle from the following range. It’s that simple. Take a look here at the full list of eligible expressions (once again, for any more info the T&Cs are your friend).

The lovely Laphroaigs:

The beautiful Bowmores:

VIP Trip to Bowmore and Laphroaig

Simply pick up one of these beauties and you’re in it to win it!

It’s the perfect set-up. If you win, you get a VIP trip to Islay. And if you don’t, you’ve still got some delicious Islay whisky to enjoy. There’s no reason not to enter! So go on, put your name in your hat. You never know whose name will be drawn… Good luck!

MoM Bowmore and Laphroaig VIP Trip Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 GMT on 1 December 2020 until 23:59:59 GMT on 31 December 2020. 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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#WhiskySanta’s Tamnavulin 48 Year Old 1970 – Vintages Collection Super Wish

It’s Monday and that means #WhiskySanta has another showstopper of Super Wish to show off.  Ho, ho, ho! I do sincerely hope all of you enjoyed the first week of…

It’s Monday and that means #WhiskySanta has another showstopper of Super Wish to show off. 

Ho, ho, ho! I do sincerely hope all of you enjoyed the first week of my return. I’ve already given away a sleigh-load of boozy goodies and revealed my first Super Wish of the season. And I won’t be slowing down anytime soon. So be sure to keep wishing away, because I’ll be making drinks-based dreams come true every single day from now until Christmas Eve!

Today, however, is a particularly special day for me. Firstly, because it’s December Eve. For a festive fellow like myself that’s tremendously exciting. It’s also a Monday, which I understand is a word that sends a shudder down the spine of you adorable mortal folk. But in the wonderful world of #WhiskySanta, it’s quite the opposite. Because it’s the day I spoil you with a new Super Wish! This one’s a doozy…

Feast your eyes on the magnificent Tamnavulin 48 Year Old 1970 – Vintages Collection!

Tamnavulin 48 Year Old 1970 - Vintages Collection Super Wish

You’re lucky I’m so generous, this would make a fine addition to the personal collection…

This corker of a Scotch whisky was distilled way back in 1970 and matured in a combination of bourbon and Apostoles sherry casks for 48 years before being bottled in 2019. Which I understand is a long time for those who aren’t omniscient supernatural entities. Ordinarily, you’d have to part with more than £1,800 to get your hands on this beauty, but thanks to me one marvellously lucky person is going to get it absolutely free.

A gold star to anybody who remembers how all this works, but in case you don’t, let’s run through it again, shall we? First, head on over to the Tamnavulin 48 Year Old 1970 – Vintages Collection page and hit the zazzy red button that says “Wish” on it. Thanks to a kind of techy, Christmassy magic, a box will pop up ready to send you onwards to  a pre-populated Twitter or Facebook post. Just hit publish and you’ve completed your wish! Oh, and if you’re an Instagrammer, which the elves inform is a very trendy term for people who use that platform, pop a post on your feed with the #WhiskySanta hashtag.

Tamnavulin 48 Year Old 1970 - Vintages Collection Super Wish

Click the button and you’re in with a chance of getting your hands on some outstanding booze

We may have waited an awfully long time for the whisky to mature, but we’ll need you to get those wishes in by the end of Wednesday. I’m afraid this season is quite busy for me, as you can imagine. There’s not much time to lose. I’ve got booze to give away, mince pies to taste test and a new chessboard to look at ashamedly while I eat cheese and rewatch The Queen’s Gambit. It’s all go around here.

#WhiskySanta

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#WhiskySanta’s Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition Super Wish

Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of year: the season of #WhiskySanta’s Super Wishes! This is when Whisky Santa gives away some incredible bottles of whisky, and to kick things…

Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of year: the season of #WhiskySanta’s Super Wishes! This is when Whisky Santa gives away some incredible bottles of whisky, and to kick things off, he’s got something very special indeed. 

Ho, ho ho! Are we feeling Christmassy yet? I’ve been getting in the swing of things polishing my boots, brushing my beard and grooming the reindeers. We’re now all looking spick and span, and ready to deliver boozy goodness and that includes some super fancy Super Wishes!

But there’s yet more good news –  I have even more Super Wishes up my sleeve this year than ever before! ‘But pray tell, what is a Super Wish?’, I hear you cry. Hopefully, you already know that you can wish for any delicious treat on the Master of Malt site, and that I’m granting wishes every single day from now until Christmas Eve! For these additional Super Wishes, I’m giving you a sneak-peek of some extra treats I have in my special sack of pressies…

One lucky person who wishes for the incredible bottle below between now and the end of Sunday will find that their Christmas wish comes true!

So, without further ado, my first Super Wish of the season. I have to say I’m pretty pleased with this one. It’s certainly one of my favourites, and I only drink the very best, I am #WhiskySanta, after all. It’s…

… the fabulous Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition!

This is probably the finest and at £1,500 certainly the most expensive whiskey that Woodford Reserve has ever released. It consists of the classic pot still American oak-aged Woodford Reserve matured for an additional three years in XO Cognac casks. Now I’m thinking about the rich toasted oak dusted with chocolate and cacao notes, creamy vanilla bean and hints of clove and cinnamon spice over a deep layer of dried fruit and citrus peel. Doesn’t it sound amazing! And just when you think it couldn’t get any fancier, it comes in a crystal Baccarat decanter. There’s fancy! Much too good to share with the reindeers.

If you want to get your mittens on Kentucky’s fanciest, then I suggest you visit the Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition page. Hit the ‘Wish’ button, which will help send you on your way to a pre-populated Twitter or Facebook post. Hit publish and voila! (If Instagram is your platform of choice you can wish there too, just be sure to use the #WhiskySanta hashtag. Or the hard-working people at MoM won’t see it. And if they don’t see it, then it didn’t happen.)

There’s that button!

What better way to spread even more (much-needed) Christmas cheer this year? That’s the thing that gives me the most satisfaction, after all. Well, that and looking really, really, ridiculously good in red and white. Nobody does it better, and don’t you forget it!

That’s all for now. Until Monday… Now, where did I put my portable reindeer polishing kit?

 

#WhiskySanta

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The winner of a bundle of Cointreau booze is…

Hear ye, hear ye! We have a winner to announce. Somebody is about to receive an epic bundle of Cointreau booze! Our Cointreau competition is over and that means that we…

Hear ye, hear ye! We have a winner to announce. Somebody is about to receive an epic bundle of Cointreau booze!

Our Cointreau competition is over and that means that we get the pleasure of announcing who will get their hands on the tremendous prize. Just to remind you, it includes three bottles of Cointreau, a bottle of La Escondida Mezcal, VIVIR Tequila Blanco and Bottle Green elderflower cordial, as well as Maldon smoked salt and a host of Cointreau branded goodies, including a Boston shaker, jigger, lime squeezer, cocktail strainer, a tote bag and six rocks glasses. 

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

What a haul that is. And it’s all going to one person. Congratulations to…

Lucy Munroe from Glasgow!

Hurrah for you Lucy, the best Margaritas in town await. Thanks to all of you who took part and be sure to check our latest competition (VIP Trip to Jura Distillery, anyone?) and amazing Black Friday deals!

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#WhiskySanta is back! With over £250,000-worth of goodies to give away

It’s time to light the fire, pour a glass of the good stuff and put out some delicious carrots, because #WhiskySanta is back and he’s got more goodies than ever…

It’s time to light the fire, pour a glass of the good stuff and put out some delicious carrots, because #WhiskySanta is back and he’s got more goodies than ever to give away!

Ho ho ho! Yes, it is I! Back for another season of boozy giveaways to keep out the cold and usher in the Christmas festivities. So please do get out that good bottle you’ve been saving and the finest hand-foraged carrots, but don’t light the fire or I won’t be able to get down the bloody chimney. Honestly, who writes these introductions? Don’t they know anything about #WhiskySanta? Hurrumph, hurrumph! Anyway, now that I’ve got that out of my system, let me explain to you why this Christmas is going to be my busiest ever: not only will I be giving away £250,000 worth of goodies to Master of Malt’s lovely customers and beloved followers, but there will be more jaw-dropping Super Wishes than ever before! Right, hand me a mince pie, stick some brandy butter on it, and I’ll explain how it’s all going to work.

1. Gifts with orders!

My good friends at Master of Malt have hooked me up with access to their checkout for yet another fun-packed yuletide, so I can give away tens of thousands of free gifts right up until Christmas Eve! Why would you do your Christmas shopping anywhere else?!

No idea why there’s a “no thanks button.”

It’ll work a bit like this. You’ll be minding your own business getting a bottle of Advocaat for Uncle Derek. He does love a Snowball, does Uncle Derek. And I do too. I drink them all year round. A Snowball isn’t just for Christmas. Anyway, you’ll be minding your business buying something and after you hit ‘Complete Order’ you might be lucky enough to get a little note from me on the Order Confirmation page (like the one above) offering you something extra for free!

You could receive treats such as tasty 30ml drams, 50ml miniatures, Master of Malt Gift Vouchers up to £50 and more – I’ll even occasionally pick up the tab for entire orders! They don’t call me #WhiskySanta for nothing! To accept the gift, click the ‘Yes please!’ button. If for some reason you don’t want to accept the gift (I can’t think why? Haven’t you heard the expression, ‘never look a gift reindeer in the mouth’?), you can click the ‘No thanks’ button, and your gift will go to someone else. 

2. #WhiskySanta Wishes!

Another way you can get my attention is to send a wish to me. In the old days this would have been done by journeying to a magical icy wishing well somewhere in the North and tossing a coin in while making a wish. Now, of course, it’s all done on social media. If you spot a bottle that is your heart’s desire, simply follow the links on the page to share your wish for this treat on Twitter or Facebook using #WhiskySanta, and you may just find your wish comes true… (If you’re wishing on Facebook, make sure your posts are set to ‘Public’, or even with my omniscience I won’t be able to see them!) That’s right, in fact I’ll be granting wishes on social media every single day from now until Christmas Eve! You can wish on your Instagram feed too, check out our Stories for some inspo. Not quite as picturesque as throwing a coin into a well, but much easier to do from one of those portable telephones that everyone seems so keen on these days. Me? I just shout really loudly when I want someone’s attention. I have a really loud voice: think Brian Blessed crossed with Pavarotti and you’re nearly there. Ho! Ho! HO! See what I mean?

Easier than tossing a coin in a well

3. Super Wishes!

But that’s not all! Just as Vanessa Williams once did, I’ve saved the best ’till last. While all wishes are important, some soar higher than others, up to the heavens. A bit like Superman. Or indeed my Super Sleigh. And so these wishes are called Super Wishes. Twice a week in the run up to Christmas, I’ll be giving you a heads up to wish for some specific fancy bottles that I’ll give away to one lucky wisher (on top of all the other wishes I’ll be granting). How fancy? Think big. Very-much-not-everyday BIG! Big and very swanky. I can’t say more right now, but the first Super Wish opportunity will be announced this Thursday…

So, that is what I’m going to be up to in the next six weeks. Lots to do but first I think another mince pie and, yes, I’ll have a cup of that mulled wine I can smell. I might as well get in the spirit of things before the hard work starts.

#WhiskySanta

#WhiskySanta 2020 is open to entrants 18 years and over. #WhiskySanta will run from 12:00:01 GMT 23 Nov to 11:59:59 GMT 24 Dec 2020 inclusive.

 

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Win an incredible VIP Trip to Jura Distillery!

Fancy a chance of visiting one of Scotland’s most remote whisky distilleries on a swanky VIP Trip? Then read on… With everything that’s occurred in 2020, I think it’s fair…

Fancy a chance of visiting one of Scotland’s most remote whisky distilleries on a swanky VIP Trip? Then read on…

With everything that’s occurred in 2020, I think it’s fair to say we’re all in need of a holiday. And if you’re in the mood for a proper escape, then an island that’s famous for its tiny human headcount and vast deer population, a remote retreat that George Orwell described as “extremely un-get-atable place.” Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Particularly if that place is also famous for its whisky.

Fans of the water of life will already know that I’m talking about Jura in the Inner Hebrides, where Orwell marooned himself to write 1984. The island’s distillery, now one of the main draws for visitors, was originally established in 1810, the distillery was reborn in 1963 and has spent much of the last half a century creating whisky that marries archetypal Highland and Island profiles in soft, fruity, coastal and delicately peaty expressions. 

VIP Trip to Jura Distillery

Just picture yourself here…

It’s a place every Scotch whisky fan would love to go. The chance to sample that spirit in the rugged surroundings of the Jura isn’t the pipe dream you might think it is, however, thanks to our latest competition. We’ve teamed up with the fine folk at Jura Distillery to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip, complete with UK travel to Jura and the Jura Distillery for two people including transport for the duration of the trip, as well as two nights accommodation at The Jura hotel, breakfast included and island activity such as a walk to the market loch, a boat trip or cycling (weather and time of year dependant).

You’ll also get a tour of the Jura distillery and a distillery exclusive bottling signed by distillery manager Graham Logan to take away. How cool is that? We even have six bottles of the distillery exclusive 17 Year Old sherry cask expression for six runners-up, so if you don’t get your hands on the main prize then you could still win big!

VIP Trip to Jura Distillery

The trip isn’t the only prize up for grabs, so are these amazing distillery exclusive bottlings!

Here’s how you enter: just buy a bottle from this range of Jura whisky*. How simple is that? For more info see the competition terms below, but for now, here’s the full list of eligible expressions, some of which you can pick up for a reduced prize:

The bonus of this competition is that even if you don’t get the chance to plan a VIP trip to Jura, you’ve still got some delicious Scotch whisky to enjoy. That’s what I call a win-win. Good luck, everyone!

VIP Trip to Jura Distillery

Want this to be you? Then enter now!

MoM Jura Distillery Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01pm on 19 November to 23:59:59 pm on 3 December 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Shipping restrictions apply. See full T&Cs for details. 

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Win big with our #MissedMoment competition!

Do you want to win some amazing prizes to lift your spirits and make the most of the new lockdown? Good. Because we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve…

Do you want to win some amazing prizes to lift your spirits and make the most of the new lockdown? Good. Because we’ve got just the thing for you.

We’ve missed out on a lot this year. The coronavirus pandemic has cancelled many things, with travel, festivals, shows, events and more having to be shut down due to lockdowns and quarantines. We’ll never take having a drink with our mates or popping to the shops whenever we want for granted again.

We never need an excuse to put a smile on your face and give you something to look forward to, but now that we’re in a new lockdown this seems as good a time as any to give away some delicious drinks. Which is why we’ve put together our #MissedMoment competition, right in time for the festive season. You probably have questions, so allow us to answer them.

What is this competition all about?

We’re encouraging you to share with us a moment you missed this year that you would like to recreate. It can be anything you like. If it means something to you and you feel like you lost an opportunity, then we want to hear from you. We’ll then spoil one lucky person with plenty of boozy goodies to lift their spirits.

#MissedMoment competition

Fancy sampling your way through some of the most delicious gins around?

What do I win?

The following amazing prizes:

  • The choice of either a premium gin, rum or whisky (Pour & Sip’s December 2020 box) tasting set.
  • Entry to a private virtual tasting for up to 30 people (from different households!)

How do I enter?

It’s so simple, Just follow these steps:

  1. Like this post.
  2. Follow @masterofmalt, @pourandsip and @drinksbythedram 
  3. Comment with the moment you missed and would like to recreate on the competition post.
#MissedMoment competition

We’ve collaborated with Drinks by the Dram and Pour & Sip to offer you the finest prizes

We look forward to hearing your answers and announcing a winner soon (keep your eyes out on the MoM blog for that). Good luck, everyone!

MoM #MissedMoment Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12th November to 19th November 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.

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#BagThisBundle – win a bundle of goodies from Cointreau!

We’re back with another terrific #BagThisBundle, this time giving away everything you need to make the classic Tequila cocktail thanks to the wonderful folks at Cointreau! Liqueurs are bigger than…

We’re back with another terrific #BagThisBundle, this time giving away everything you need to make the classic Tequila cocktail thanks to the wonderful folks at Cointreau!

Liqueurs are bigger than ever at the moment, with people jumping at the chance to explore a category with an incredible range of flavour while embracing their inner mixologist (now’s a good time to hone those skills, as we’re sure you’re aware). 

One of the most popular, versatile and tasty liqueurs is Cointreau, a triple sec (a strong, sweet and colourless orange-flavoured liqueur) that’s an essential ingredient in the Margarita cocktail. If that particular serve makes you think of sour mix, pitchers and cheap ingredients, then you’re doing wrong. Combine fresh lime juice, a good quality Tequila and Cointreau and you’ve got one of the finest cocktails on the planet. 

And rather than spend time trawling through the internet looking for the best ingredients and equipment, we’ll save you the trouble, and potentially the cost. Because with our latest bundle, some lucky person is going to get all the tools to make the most magic Margaritas, like this delightful Mezcal Margarita, for absolutely free, delivered right to their door. How I envy you, future winner!

#BagThisBundle Cointreau

Margaritas, anyone?

In full, here are the prizes up for grabs:

  • 3 x Cointreau 
  • Cointreau Boston Shaker
  • Cointreau jigger
  • Cointreau Lime Squeezer
  • Cocktail strainer
  • 6x Cointreau rocks glass
  • Maldon smoked salt
  • 1 x La Escondida Mezcal
  • 1 x VIVIR Tequila Blanco
  • 1 x Bottle Green elderflower cordial
  • Cointreau tote bag

Cointreau is also giving away a signature lime squeezer for each bottle you purchase during the length of the competition. It’s one of the items you didn’t know you needed until you get one. Trust me. Lifesavers.

#BagThisBundle Cointreau

You now get a free lime squeezer with every purchase!

Entry into our #BagThisBundle competitions is always amazingly simple and this time is no different. Just follow these steps: 

Do all that by midnight on Monday 9 November and you’re in it to win it. Best of luck!

MoM Cointreau Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00 GMT on 4 November 2020 to 23:59 GMT 9 November 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.

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The winner of a VIP trip to Tobermory Distillery is…

The time has come to announce the winner of our VIP trip down to Tobermory Distillery!  The only thing we like more than putting together boozy competitions is having the…

The time has come to announce the winner of our VIP trip down to Tobermory Distillery

The only thing we like more than putting together boozy competitions is having the pleasure of announcing a winner. In May we offered you the chance to bag a VIP trip to Tobermory Distillery which included swanky dinners and accomodation as well as a private VIP tour and tasting with either management staff or ambassador. Oh, and two 70cl bottles of a distillery exclusive Scotch. Man that’s a good prize. We really out-did ourselves here.

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

We hope you enjoy the beautiful island of Mull!

Now we’re going to reveal which lucky person will be Googling pictures of Tobermory Distillery in anticipation, because we have a champion… 

It’s Mr Michael Ellis from Northamptonshire!

Congratulations to you, Michael! For everyone else, if you still desire free boozy prizes be sure to keep an eye out on this blog for an upcoming competition…

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#BagThisBundle – win a bundle of booze with James Eadie!

Who wouldn’t want to win five bottles of delicious Scotch whisky, aged up to 26 years? Nobody, that’s who. So read on to learn how you can get your hands…

Who wouldn’t want to win five bottles of delicious Scotch whisky, aged up to 26 years? Nobody, that’s who. So read on to learn how you can get your hands on this incredible bundle!

Back in the good ol’ days, blending was all the rage. The very foundation of the Scotch whisky industry we all know and love today was built upon the art of blending and it remains the leading style around the world. For many, they’re an affordable, dependable option and we owe blends for bringing so many people into the wonderful world of whisky.

James Eadie established his brewing and bottling business in 1854 and it soon became one of those household names that contributed to the popularity of blends back in the 19th century. The brand, and Eadie’s famous bottling James Eadie’s Trade Mark ‘X’, has been revived by Rupert Patrick, his great-great-grandson. With access to his ancestor’s ledger, Patrick has faithful recreation of the bottling, using only whiskies from distilleries Eadie personally bought from himself in this blend, matured in American oak or sherry wood as he specified. 

It’s this historical, family-made expression that we’ve made available to win in our latest #BagThisBundle, along with four whiskies from four different regions of Scotland that go into the blend and four glasses so you can share these whiskies with friends!

#BagThisBundle James Eadie

Fans of Scotch whisky will love this bundle!

So, here’s exactly what’s up for grabs:

  • One bottle of James Eadie’s Trade Mark “X”
  • One bottle of Cambus 26 Year Old (Single Grain)
  • One bottle of Caol Ila 11 Year Old (Palo Cortado Finish)
  • One bottle of Benrinnes 10 Year Old (Small Batch)
  • One bottle of Blair Athol 10 Year Old (Single Cask)
  • Four James Eadie Glencairn glasses

The only question remains, how do you enter such a delightful competition? Simple. Here’s what you have to do:

We’re not kidding, that’s all there is to it. So, get entering and best of luck!

MoM James Eadie Competition 2020 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 BST 20 October 2020 to 23:59:59 BST 24 October 2020. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.

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