Roe & Co Irish Whiskey and an interview with Brand Ambassador Peter O’Connor

The launch of new Irish whiskey Roe & Co also sees Diageo return to Irish whiskey and the George Roe name return to bottles, plus there’s a new distillery in the works! We spoke to Roe & Co brand ambassador Peter O’Connor to get the full lowdown.
 
There are at least four stories in one here so let’s take a quick look at each before we get a bit more detail in our interview with brand ambassador Peter O’Connor. The new release Roe & Co Irish whiskey – available now – is a blend of single malt and grain Irish whiskeys matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks, with a high proportion of those being first-fill. Priced at around the £30 mark it’s bottled at 45% abv, non-chill filtered and aimed at the ‘premium’ market with cocktails very much in mind (as we’ll hear from Peter shortly). Diageo, of course, owned Bushmills for years from 2005 onwards but agreed to sell it to Casa Cuevo towards the end of 2014, which has meant they haven’t had a stake in Irish whiskey – the fastest growing spirits category in the world – for the last couple of years.

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An interview with Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton

We speak to Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton about Redbreast, the latest Irish Distillers news including Jameson’s renovated Dublin home and the growing Irish whiskey scene.
 
Continuing from yesterday’s Spotlight on… Redbreast + WIN an incredible one-off Redbreast drawn straight from a single Sherry cask!, we had the chance to catch up Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton this week about all things Redbreast, recent developments at Midleton and in Dublin, their new brand Method And Madness and also the many burgeoning Irish whiskey distilleries. The interview was originally going to make up part of yesterday’s post but once we got Billy speaking passionately about single pot still Irish whiskey we knew this was going to be a post of its own. Are you sitting comfortably dear reader? Then let’s begin…
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Categories : Irish Whiskey, News, Whisky
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Method + Madness = A Whole New Range of Irish Whiskeys!

The marvellous minds at Midleton have unveiled a new series of Irish whiskey which “…aims to harness the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters through the fresh talent of its apprentices.”
 
They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Irish whiskey legends Midleton clearly do not subscribe to that train of thought if their freshly announced series of bottlings is anything to go by. The Method and Madness range is about giving in to the curiosity and experimental nature of whiskey production, with a careful mind to the history of expertise that can be found at the Midleton distillery.

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Categories : Irish Whiskey, News, Whisky
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Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin – Available Now!

Get your hands on the Kyoto Distillery’s very first release!
 
Cast your mind back to 2015 (watch your step consciousness-travelling through the ‘Lego-bricks-on-the-floor-bare-foot-obstacle-course’ known as 2016) and you may just remember us getting more than a little bit excited when David Croll and Marcin Miller founded the Number One Drinks Company Japan and announced their plans for the Kyoto Distillery. With a plan to make gins in Kyoto with a focus around Japanese botanicals, our excitement was understandable. Well, fast forward to today and you can now get your grubby mitts on a bottle of their first release – Ki No Bi Gin!

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Categories : Gin, News
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The Launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company

Behold the launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company! Expect bundles of small batch gins from some of the most fantastic brands and distillers around!
 
People have been independently bottling whisky for many moons, but independently bottling gin is another story altogether – and a short one at that. People don’t independently bottle gin. The end.
 
Or is it? No. No it’s not. The story continues with the theatrically dramatic entrance of That Boutique-y Gin Company, the world’s first independent gin bottler!

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Categories : Gin, News, Tasting Notes
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Head of Marketing Wanted + Win a £100 MoM Voucher

An incredible opportunity to join team MoM, and to shape and deliver the marketing effort for the whole of Atom Group, as the Head of Marketing.
 
You’ll know all about Master of Malt, as an avid reader of this blog, but you might not know much about Atom Group. Atom Group (also known as Atom Supplies, as we clumsily transition to a new name) is the name of our parent group.

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2016 in Review

Master of Malt 2016

A look back at another extraordinary year here at Master of Malt including the heroics involved in moving of our entire fulfilment and warehousing operation over one weekend…
 
As we usually do around this time of year (when one of us remembers that it’s a thing) we’re going to indulge ourselves in a retrospective of the previous 12 months and reflect on some of the more noteworthy happenings in the world of MoM. Hopefully it’ll act as a tonic for the alternative retrospectives of 2016 which are full of the passing of incredibly talented artists, maniacs coming dangerously close to or actually being waved into power in various corners of the globe, and political and economic uncertainty.

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A Farewell from Master of Malt’s #WhiskySanta 2016

We hope you enjoyed #WhiskySanta’s biggest ever festive giveaway by far! The only thing left to say is…
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!
 
This is the third year in which I’ve been spreading the festive cheer with Master of Malt and every time we do it it’s been much bigger and better. This year it was simply incredible with over £100,000 worth of gifts given away!
 
I gave out thousands of extra treats and even entirely free orders at the Master of Malt checkout as well as granting Christmas wishes on social media every day including the truly amazing £3,300 Macallan M Super Wish and the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 3cl bonus super wishes! Well over 40,000 wishes were made overall, with #WhiskySanta popping up on twitter timelines alone an extraordinary 35 million times! You can see a full list of the wishes I granted over on my original post and a selection of pics of your Christmas wishes coming true below…

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#WhiskySanta’s Giving Away Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Drams as Bonus Super Wishes!

#WhiskySanta will give away 3cl sample drams from the highly sought-after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection this week!
 
Ho-Ho-Ho! Now I have a machine gun I have one final surprise up my immaculately-cuffed sleeve this festive season! Whilst checking in with those handsome chaps at Master of Malt last week I managed to set aside a tiny amount of 3cl drams (just 8 in total, across 4 of the releases) from the enormously popular, but limited, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. I’ll be giving these out as gifts to some very lucky people who wish for them on certain days this week!
 

Now, I should point out that Master of Malt had thousands of entries in their lotteries for chances to purchase fewer than a dozen bottles and a few dozen 3cl drams. Goodness knows how many of you will wish for a chance to receive a 3cl dram for free! What I’m saying is, if you want to guarantee you get your hands on some of your favourite Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskey this year (and are feeling a bit flush) then you should head over to Master of Malt’s Charity Auctions now: for William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg Bourbon,
Sazerac 18 Year Old, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye and Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, where everything raised over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) will go to Malaria No More UK to support their superb work.

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Categories : American Whiskey, News, Whisky
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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Lotteries and Charity Auctions

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

We’re splitting our allocation of the highly sought-after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection between a 3cl dram lottery, a bottle lottery and an auction (with anything over RRP donated to our nominated charity Malaria No More UK).
 
See the Timeline below for when all this is going down.
 
You may remember that last year our old ‘fastest-finger-first’ method really didn’t work for these limited and super-popular American whiskeys from Buffalo Trace distillery. In fact, it was the final push we needed to sit down and come up with a whole new way of handling these kinds of hotly anticipated releases. We invite you to read our previous post about why we decided (after much discussion/arguing) that the ‘least-worst’ option was to split our entire allocation between 3cl drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions.

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