We took a trip to Aber Falls to discover North Wales’ first whisky distillery in over 100 years – and found incredible landscapes, a deep-rooted passion for the region, and an abundance of delicious gins along the way, too!
“Look at Japan, what they’ve done. Welsh whisky could really come forward with a bit of a similar model to those guys,” James Wright, Aber Falls managing director, is not lacking in ambition. It’s a bold claim, especially when you consider the international following that Japanese whisky has. Such is the demand that age statements are now a rare and very expensive thing. Could Welsh whisky ever really reach such heights? More…
In the first of our new occasional series we showcase one of the UK’s most visually striking distilleries: Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill!
What would any discerning gin enthusiast enjoy most? The chance to expand their gin knowledge? An opportunity to uncover the secrets, skill and artistry behind world-famous brands? A window into how their favourite spirit is made? A distillery tour, of course, where you can do all these things and more!
If you need a good place to start, then we have a suggestion… Hampshire’s Laverstoke Mill, where Bombay Sapphire gin has been made since 2014. You can learn about the brand’s history in the heritage room, see the botanicals used to create the gin in the iconic glasshouses and dry room, say hello to Mary and Thomas* in the Dakin Still House, and enjoy the dedicated bar (yay!) and gift shop (double yay!!).
Interest piqued? Why not take a look at the distillery in pictures right here – so you can get an idea of the treat you’re in for if you do stop by and visit. More…
Rejoice, whisky fans! Much-loved expression GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old is making a much-anticipated return. We travelled up to Scotland to taste the new liquid – and it was well worth the trip.
July 2015 was a black month for Scotch whisky lovers. Just over three years ago, it was announced that GlenDronach’s 15 year old Revival single malt was being discontinued. Aged in oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks and first launched in 2009, The Revival had become a cult whisky among the cognoscenti. There were whisky-scented tears all over the internet when the distillery’s owners, the BenRiach Distillery Company, announced its demise citing lack of maturing stocks. But you can now dry those eyes as we can exclusively reveal that GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old is back! More…
Down tools, unplug the laptops and close those books, folks. It’s Friday, it’s the weekend and The Nightcap is here with your latest measure of boozy news!
Helloooooo Friday! You’ve made it to the weekend. Well done, one and all. And, as has become custom here at MoM Towers, we have The Nightcap here for you – our handy distillation of the week’s biggest drinks stories in one easy-to-digestif post.
But first, let’s recall the week that was over on the blog!
The Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran has been in the works since 2016, we’re more than a little excited at the prospect of enjoying whisky from a brand new distillery!
For over 150 years there were no distilleries on Arran, once a hotbed of whisky-making – now there are two. Well nearly. The first is run by the aptly-named Isle of Arran Distillers and was opened at Lochranza in 1995. Their second distillery at Lagg in the south of the island started development in 2016 and is now nearing completion. The steelworks have just gone up and as you can see from the photo below it is now starting to look like a distillery, either that or a particularly ambitious house on Grand Designs.
Last month we were spirited away to Speyside for something very special indeed: a sneak-peek, behind-the-scenes tour of The Macallan’s remarkable new single malt whisky distillery and the opportunity to quiz the people behind it. Of course, we jumped at the chance…
When a press trip starts with a non-disclosure agreement, you know you’re on to something good. That’s exactly how we kicked off proceedings in the sumptuous surroundings of Easter Elchies House, The Macallan’s spiritual and very traditional home, in mid-April. The sizeable Speyside estate was bathed in sunshine, from the incredible warehouse farm at the top of the hill (The Macallan matures every single one of its 300,000-odd whisky casks on-site), down to the broad and babbling River Spey, swollen by late snowmelt in the spring warmth.
In between lies the focal point of the visit. A 120-metre-long, spaceship-like, undulating swathe cut into the rolling hills of the estate, small triangular vents popping up from the complex, grass-covered roof formed from 2,500 tessellating elements. A giant, continuous glass fluctuation fronts the whole thing, sleek and rippling like the River Spey itself. This is no ordinary distillery. More…
Diageo has announced plans to create a state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Scotland’s capital, as well as upgrading its existing 12 distillery visitor centres – a project that encompasses an investment of £150 million in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector.
Distillery visitor centres and whisky experiences have become essential pilgrimages for many whisky enthusiasts around the world, and Diageo has announced plans for a £150,000,000 investment over three years in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector. You’d best get preparing your suitcases, travel kits and holiday shorts.
The home of Irish whiskey giant Jameson capped off a very special first birthday celebration with some tremendously exciting news. Its Bow Street site has officially become the most-visited whiskey experience in the world!
It took just twelve months for 350,000 visitors from over 70 nations across the world to visit the new-look Jameson Distillery Bow St, quite the feat for a new visitor attraction!
While the distillery has stood on the same site in north Dublin Smithfield Market for 237 years, in March 2017 Irish Distillers, the company behind Jameson, completed an €11 million refurbishment (the process of which you can view in the video below), revamping both the site and the authentic Jameson experience. The timber beams and cobbled courtyard may remain, but those who walk inside the famed distillery today enjoy a vastly different encounter.
Master of Malt may be best known as a multi-award-winning spirits retailer, but all that may be about to change as we reveal our plans to use cutting-edge additive processes to build a state-of-the-art whisky distillery and produce truly innovative new whiskies.
*UPDATE: It’s time for you all to know the truth about our big announcement.*
Happy Easter everyone! Or International Egg Day, if you’d prefer!
Now the egg, as the Beastie Boys have taught us, is a symbol of life. This Easter we couldn’t be more delighted to finally breathe life into a project that’s been a dream of ours for many years: our very own whisky distillery. And that’s not all. Allow us to introduce this incredibly exciting new venture through the medium of fancy video…
The Glenlivet Code is another bottling from the Scotch whisky superstar released without any cask information or tasting notes. MoM travelled to the launch night at Black Rock Bar in London to see if we could help decipher this dastardly dram.
Tinker, Alpha, Cipher, Code
They’ve only gone and done it again. This is not the first time the legendary Glenlivet distillery has released a mysterious single malt Scotch whisky, as those who remember the the intriguing Alpha and Cipher expressions can attest. The Glenlivet Code is the third instalment in a series that simply places an opaque black bottle before the industry and general public and invites them to see if they have what it takes to ‘unlock the spirit’.
The idea behind the project is that the total lack of information will allow a drinker to experience the whisky without any potential preconceived notions about its flavour and character. You can’t simply look at the cask information, or the colour, to fill in the gaps. All we know about the mysterious bottling is that it was created using malted barley and it was made at the Speyside distillery.