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Q&A: Kamm & Sons’ Alex Kammerling!

Kamm and Sons

As Mr Kamm’s Gin hits the shelves at MoM Towers, we find out all we can about the latest creation from the mind of Alex Kammerling, founder of Kamm & Sons. Up for discussion: why he swapped bitters for (juniper) berries, how bartending affected his process, and his thoughts on the ever-growing gin bubble…

Earlier this year a new gin hit the market. In this age of the modern gin-boom, it would have been understandable for this news not to have turned many heads. But Kamm & Sons is anything but ordinary and the recently released Mr Kamm’s Gin represents an intriguing new expression.

How does one go from bartending and brand ambassadorial roles to creating an aperitif and now a gin? Alex Kammerling knows. Over his 22 years in the industry he’s worked as a bartender at some of the finest establishments around, and has been involved in projects with likes of Bombay Sapphire, Campari and Grey Goose in various capacities. But now he is best known for the brand he created, Kamm & Sons. It’s only previous release was the well-received Kamm & Sons British Aperitif, so a gin marks a new direction for the company.

It’s a tough act to follow, but early signs suggest Mr Kamm’s Gin is up to the task. Hard work and patience paid off for Kammerling, who took more than two years and 180 distillations to create a gin he was happy with. The final product is built around a barley base spirit and boasts a selection of 45 botanicals, including hibiscus, fresh grapefruit, orange and lemon peels, rosehip, apricot kernel, ginseng, blue butterfly pea and citra hops and it’s been described as ‘fruitier than your grandmother’s jam cupboard’.

As World Gin Day approaches (Saturday 9th June), we thought it worth seeing what the Mr Kamm’s Gin fuss is all about. Who better to ask the man himself…

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Awesome sauce: When The Zetter Townhouse meets Tony Conigliaro

London’s boutique hotels are carving a real niche in the cocktail world, giving both overnight guests and fleeting drinkers incentive to linger. When you combine the plush eclecticism of The Zetter Townhouse with pioneering drinks creators like Tony Conigliaro and his neoteric Drink Factory, magical things happen. As we discovered…

If you’re not familiar with Tony Conigliaro, his east London-based cocktail consultancy Drink Factory is known for approaching drinks differently*. Conigliaro’s cocktails have Warhol-esque swagger, and not just because of the Factory reference. Or the fact that his Dalston bar, Untitled, is said to take design cues from the legendary studio.

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The Nightcap: 1 June

That’s another week in the books, folks. Now’s the time to crack out a tasty beverage and kick back with our round-up of this week’s booze news – The Nightcap!

You might not have noticed, but a portion of the team has been over on Islay getting involved in all things Fèis Ìle 2018. This has included coopering at Lagavulin, Hawaiian shirts at Bruichladdich, being stranded at Caol Ila, bung curling at Laphroaig, pizza ovens at Bowmore, hoopla at Kilchoman, and many dogs. The festivities continue over the weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for more from the team.

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Categories : Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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Master of Malt Dram Club – June 2018

June is here, bringing a bounty of good things – the official start of summer, a particularly popular globe-spanning tournament of the football variety and new Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets!

You may have noticed that June is here. There are many telltale of this, whether it be the generally not awful weather, ill-advised purchases of straw hats skyrocketing or even just looking at a calendar and whispering to yourself “How is it June? I don’t understand.” Yes, we’re nearing the halfway point of 2018 already, even though it feels like we only just said goodbye to that garbage fire of a year known as 2017 yesterday. The passage of time is mysterious. However, the drams that Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving in their June Tasting Sets are no longer a mystery! Let’s take a look…

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Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Whisky
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Plans unveiled for new whisky distillery at Craggan

Speymalt Whisky Distributors, parent of the Benromach distillery and Gordon & MacPhail, has announced plans to build a brand new malt whisky distillery at Craggan in the Cairngorms National Park.

News of new whisky distilleries continues to be music to our ears, and the hits keep coming. Plans have just been announced for a brand new malt whisky distillery to be built at Craggan in the Cairngorms National Park by Speymalt Whisky Distributors. As the parent company of the Benromach distillery and long-running whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, setting up a second distillery ought to be an exciting project with a particularly delicious result – more Scotch whisky for us all to enjoy!

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The Nightcap: 25 May

Happy Friday, team! It’s a wrap on the week that was, which means we have another edition of The Nightcap for you! Read on for news of distillery developments, brilliant new bars, and intriguing product developments…

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday… (you’re welcome for the earworm). It’s time to down tools for the weekend and reflect on another seven days in drinks.

Before we crack on with The Nightcap proper, let’s recall another stellar week on the blog. On Monday we got set for the Chelsea Flower Show with Annie’s round-up of deliciously floral whiskies – whether plants are your thing or not, it’s a sublime list of sunny-day sippers. Then on Tuesday we were VERY excited. We got to share a sneak peek inside Macallan’s new distillery following our secret visit back in April. It’s definitely one to add to the bucket list!
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Categories : Cocktails, Competitions, Gin, Irish Whiskey, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila
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Introducing: Two new Method and Madness bottlings!

Irish Distillers has expanded the Method and Madness range once more with two new and typically experimental Irish whiskeys… Anyone for Virgin Hungarian Oak finish or Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask?

The very point of the Method and Madness brand, first launched in 2017, has always been to push boundaries and innovate. So it should be no surprise to any Irish whiskey fans that two fabulous and unconventional new bottlings are poised to launch from the famed Midleton Distillery: Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Virgin Hungarian Oak and Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 28 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Single Cask.
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A Delightful Duo of Drinks Business Awards!

Your pals at MoM Towers scooped up a fantastic pair of trophies from the Drinks Business Awards 2018 – #WhiskySanta claimed Best Social Media Campaign, while our very own Guy Hodcroft was named Spirits Buyer of the Year!

The Drinks Business Awards 2018 winners were announced last night, and we just happened to pick up a pair of trophies. Well, we won them. We didn’t just steal some trophies that… You get the idea. Anyway, yes, we’re thrilled about these two stunning trophies to add to our trophy cabinet!

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The Nightcap: 18 May

It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here – and with it we’ve got another edition of The Nightcap! Read on for your handy digest of the week’s biggest booze news, all in one useful place!

It’s Friday, folks! Congratulations on making it through another week. It’s been a busy one in the world of all things sippable, so we suggest you get comfy, pour yourself a dram/G&T/anything else that takes your fancy, and join us as we recall another busy seven days in drinks.
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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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Celebrate World Whisky Day with the The Malt Whisky Trail

The Malt Whisky Trail

With World Whisky Day taking place this Saturday, here at MoM Towers we thought we’d showcase The Malt Whisky Trail, a wonderful trek through stunning Speyside featuring classic distilleries and plenty of sublime Scotch whisky

How are you planning on spending this World Whisky Day (Saturday 19th May – come to think of it, I have a feeling there’s some big event on that day…*)? I’m sure we’ll all enjoy some great whisky first and foremost, maybe even schedule a distillery visit, or try a new expression or style.
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