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The Nightcap: 11 May

Folks, it’s Friday! And it’s been another busy one in the world of drinks. Thank goodness then for The Nightcap, a handy round-up of boozy goings on in one easily sippable digestif!

This week we have news of a rather exciting Game of Thrones/whisky tie-up, awards galore from Spirit of Speyside, a bold new bottle design and a Tabasco sauce update. Oh yes!

But first, we must recap the week that was, and for us on the UK it was a short one after the Early May Bank Holiday! So after a Monday snooze, on Tuesday we caught up with Cara Laing, director of whisky at independent bottler Douglas Laing, as the family-owned company marks its 70th anniversary. Then it was all about The Glenlivet on Wednesday, as the Speyside distillery revealed the results of a dabbling in Cognac cask finishing. We also checked in with the team at Scarfes Bar, London – the new recent history-inspired menu is sure to be a hit.
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Categories : American Whiskey, Beer, Cocktails, Irish Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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WLTM: A marvellous head of MoM marketing!

Forget Tinder swiping: the perfect match we’re looking for this summer is a world-class head of marketing. Are you an inspiring ecommerce marketing expert and a proven leader? Know someone who is? Then read on, because we’re definitely interested…

You might have noticed we have a certain way of doing things here at MoM Towers. We’re all about pulling out the stops to bring delicious boozes to you, our brilliant customers. We love shaking things up, taking risks, and doing things differently (we even palled up with #WhiskySanta to give away over £150,000-worth of incredible drinks for free last Christmas!). But we also know times are a’changing in our brilliantly diverse, ever-changing digital world and we want to evolve with it. Which is why we’re looking for an incredible head of marketing to propel us to that next level!
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Caricatures and cocktails: Scarfes Bar shakes it up with new menu

Scarfes Bar

Master of Malt travelled to Scarfes Bar to speak to bar manager Martin Siska and head bartender Greg Almeida about how they and their dynamic bar team brought together mixology magic and mischievous artwork to create this year’s menu…

What’s better than art? Art that incorporates alcohol – that’s what. Which is precisely what inspired the team at Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel, London when developing the 2018 cocktail menu.

It’s a creative take on pop culture with 18 crafty creations based on the satirical work of the bar’s namesake, renowned British artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe. Presented in the style of a beautifully vandalised copy of The Bartender’s Handbook of Fancy Cocktails & Concoctions, the new menu features drinks inspired by key cultural figures and events in recent British history from 2001 to 2018.
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Categories : Cocktails, News
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The Nightcap: 4 May

It’s Friday, it’s cocktail o’clock (here in the UK anyway), so there’s only one thing for it. Bring on this week’s round up of all things booze news: it’s The Nightcap!

Happy Star Wars Day, folks! Yep, somehow it’s May already. But no need to fear, The Nightcap is here, bringing you the biggest and booziest news stories from the last seven days!

But before we get into agave-fuelled business deals, new bottlings and all things baijiu, let’s recap the week that was. We kicked off proceedings on Monday with our latest charity auction: snap up the super-rare The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak and raise a marvellous chunk of moolah for our nominated charity, Malaria No More UK! On Tuesday, Adam reported back from the launch of The Singleton’s Malt Master’s Selection – a single malt looking to ‘do a Haig Club’ and make whisky accessible to new audiences. Will it be a success? Time will tell.

Then it was time to reveal not just May’s Dram Club contents, but also the results of the epic Battle of the Blends: Challenge No. 3. Who was victorious? Did your favoured blend win? Find out in the post. And finally, we checked in with The Lakes Distillery’s whiskymaker-in-chief, Dhavall Gandhi, who lifted the lid on his liquid experiments. Intriguing…
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Categories : American Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky
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The Result of Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 3!

Discover who came out on top in Whisky Magazine’s third Battle of the Blends: will it be George Keeble or new challenger Lyndsey Gray…?

Back in March we announced the return of Battle of the Blends and that we needed your help to decide how it would be settled.

The fates of reigning champion George Keeble, of Soho Whisky Club fame, and new challenger Lyndsey Gray, manager at The Quaich Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel, were in your hands. The task was simple: enjoy two delightful drams of blended whisky, one crafted by each competitor, and determine which effort was superior.

Fast forward to now and you’ve made your collective choice. The votes are in, the tie is decided. It’s time to find out who has claimed all glory…

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Introducing: The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection

The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master's Selection

Master of Malt meets Malt Master through a new Singleton expression from Dufftown Distillery: The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection!

For us whisky-loving folk, there are few things we adore more than a big product launch to get all excited about. Diageo Reserve observed this fact, and so threw a big event to launch its latest labour of love: The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection!

The label design has been reinvigorated, the palate has been tweaked and the motive is clear: this is a spirit that will try to appeal to a wider, modern and perhaps whisky-shy consumer base. “This isn’t supposed to be patronising – it’s supposed to be welcoming and engaging,” summarised Ervin Trykowski, global Scotch whisky ambassador at Diageo. “It’s supposed to be the opposite of how you’ve talked about Scotch whisky before.”
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Master of Malt Dram Club – May 2018

May we announce that we have arrived upon the month of May, and this may bring a wealth of new Master of Malt Dram Club tasting sets? We may do such a thing.

If you couldn’t guess from the extremely high-level wordplay within that little preamble, it is now May. This is exciting for numerous reasons, including the multiple Bank Holidays for folks here in the UK, an excuse to make Star Wars puns on the 4th of May, Cinco de Mayo, Eurovision, and a whole bunch of new Master of Malt Dram Club tasting sets! Let’s see what our Dram Club members can look forward to this month…

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Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 27 April

A record-breaking Macallan sale, a new Islay distillery, the star bartenders of the future and… the world’s finest cucumber specimens?! It can only be The Nightcap!

We often get excited about the goings on in The Nightcap. Booze is a bustling sector and there’s always a plethora of news and views to round up the week that was. But today… well! It’s the chunkiest Nightcap yet. Best pour yourself a dram, cosy up, and we’ll get stuck in.

So what’s been going down over on the blog? We wished Benromach a happy 20th anniversary and checked out its commemorative bottling, and then hightailed it up to London to mark St George’s Day with English whisky pioneer, Bimber. On Wednesday we took an in-depth look at GlenAllachie’s first releases under Billy Walker’s stewardship, and even got the man himself on the phone to chat distillery developments. Speaking of distilleries, we also checked in with Ian Stirling, co-founder of Port of Leith Distillery, one of the three in the race to become Edinburgh’s first single malt maker in over a century. Then there was the small matter of Jameson’s first cask-strength whiskey

And as The Nightcap shows, that’s a mere drop on the ocean when it comes to booze news this week! Here we go…
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Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky
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Jameson launches first cask-strength whiskey!

Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength

Jameson has introduced its first cask-strength whiskey, championing the provenance of its Bow Street visitor attraction. And wow – we enjoy that extra ABV…

It’s been a good year for Jameson. News that the Bow Street site welcomed more than 350,000 visitors in just twelve months was followed by parent company Pernod Ricard’s announcement that sales grew 12% in the first half of its financial year. Now the Irish whiskey giant is keeping the good times rolling with the launch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength.

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How the Port of Leith Distillery is ringing in a new era of whisky making

We head up to historic Leith to meet Ian Stirling, one half of the Port of Leith Distillery team racing to become Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for over 100 years…

Could you go into business with your best friend? We’re not talking a simple start-up here: this is about giving up comfortable careers, moving back in with the ‘rents and putting it all on the line to realise a dream together. Could you make that leap? That’s precisely what Ian Stirling and Patrick Fletcher have done in their quest to establish the first single malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh for over 100 years. It’s thrilling – and it’s a vision that’s about to be realised.

Plans for the Port of Leith Distillery first emerged publicly in 2017. The pair, who hail from the city and have known each other since they were four years old, announced they were setting up shop [read: equal parts impressive and beautiful vertical distillery] close to the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre and The Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith, Edinburgh’s increasingly revitalised port area. Planning permission has been granted and the wheels are in motion. There’s even a second satellite unit, The Stillhouse, prepped for making gin and to host a spirits-making research programme.
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