We're just loading our login box for you, hang on!

Master of Malt Whisky Blog

Category: We’re drinking…

Warming tipples for autumn evenings!

Warming tipples for autumn eves

Join us as well celebrate all things autumn with a round-up of sensational seasonal spirits!

Autumn is a season loved by many. It’s all about comfort food and drink. It’s a chance to make the most of the produce from the seasonal harvest. It’s the time to attend bonfire nights and Halloween parties. It’s the season when we welcome the darkening nights and browning leaves with a hearty tipple and, let’s face it, heaps of bloody pumpkin spice.

But what makes the perfect autumn drink? Summer refreshers and cocktails are now out of the question. But winter warmers aren’t the required tonic just yet. In autumn, or ‘fall’, for our exceptionally literal friends in the United States, it only seems right to celebrate brown spirits: whisky, Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados and darker or spiced rums, as well as liqueurs and cocktails packed with seasonal fruits and colours.

In this spirit, we’ve produced a list of appropriately autumnal boozes. Each comes with a seasonal serve if you want to get creative. These ought to keep you going until the snow starts to fall.

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

Tasting Pol Roger’s Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2008

It’s been a great year for Churchill fans: Gary Oldman won an Oscar for Darkest Hour, Andrew Roberts released a Churchill biography, and best of all, Pol Roger have just launched a new vintage of their Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill and Pol Roger go way back. I have seen an invoice from 1908 showing Churchill’s first purchase of Pol Roger Champagne, the 1895 vintage. The special relationship was cemented in 1944 (just after the liberation of Paris) at a lunch put on by the British ambassador to France where Churchill met with Odette Pol-Roger. They got on like a house on fire, no doubt helped by lots of the legendary 1928 vintage. Churchill became a great friend of the family and even named a racehorse after the house. In his last decade alone, he ordered 500 cases!

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

Master of Malt Dram Club – October 2018

We’ve made it to October! That means it’s time for yet another month of Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets to appear out of thin air, just like haunting apparitions (except tasty)…

MoM Towers is usually a cheerful, vibrant place to occupy. However, once the calendar flips over to the October page, things become… A little spooky. The essence of Halloween takes over MoM Towers, imbuing its contents and inhabitants with eerie qualities. Haunting energy takes hold, fear begins to build, until, when we least expect it… Boo! Brand new Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets sneak up behind you like a ghost of a werewolf! Let’s investigate what treats are in store – fingers crossed for no tricks!

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

Why rum is for life, not just International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Yes, we all know the pirate tropes. And it is fun to talk like one. But rum is far more than comedy lingo and skull and cross bones. Here’s why the drink should be on your ‘serious’ imbibing list…

We’ve been chatting like pirates all day here at MoM Towers. And for a good cause. Not just for lolz (although it has been entertaining), but because we come to you with a very important message, and we needed to grab your attention. Here goes: rum is more than just a silly pirate stereotype.

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

Avast! Treasure ahoy for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Yarr, ahoy an’ yo ho ho! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so we gots a treasure chest full o’ treats to be showing off! Smartly read on, ya swashbucklers!

If ye be noticin’ folk runnin’ around, hollering “Yarr!” at the top o’ their voice this morn’, ye best greet them with a rousin’ “Yarr!” of yer own, for it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! But avast – what does this have to do with boozes? Well, landlubbers, we gots a trove of tangentially-pirate-themed treasure for ye to gaze at through yer spyglass!

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

Our Selections for Sherried September Treats

If you’ve been thinking about breaking out the sherried whisky from its summer slumber, you’re in good company. We’ve got a whole bunch of ace sherried whiskies to enjoy during the chillier months…

As the fiercely mild September weather continues to cause a polite ruckus outside the window, we’re diving into autumn head-first. Everyone is wearing about five sweatshirts. We’ve spruced up the halls of MoM Towers with decorative gourds. Nobody is daring to go outside to forage lunch items for fear of frostbite and the bite of frostcrocodiles. It’s all very thrilling. However, none of this compares to the excitement of unearthing our favourite sherried whiskies from the cupboards where they sheltered from the harsh rays of the sun.

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

Booze-filled Advent calendars now available for pre-order!

Whether you get the decorations out on 1 November or spend December like the Grinch, we’ve got just the thing to make your Christmas countdown awesome: Drinks by the Dram’s booze-filled Advent calendars! Even better – you can pre-order yours now!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – nope, not Christmas itself, but the countdown to it. The anticipation, the frivolities, and, if you do it right, the Advent calendar to get you into the spirit of the season. Yes, folks – Drinks by the Dram’s Advent Calendars of awesomeness are back for 2018! From all manner of whiskies and gins to rums, Cognacs, Tequilas and many, many more, there’s an Advent calendar for every palate.

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

10 of the best London dry gins

London dry gin

Forget flavoured: London dry gin is the style that’s stood the test of time and remains one of the most popular worldwide. We thought it was about time we celebrated the classic, juniper-forward style…

We live in an era of rampant gin production and consumption – and everyone has a favourite. Maybe you enjoy the timeless taste of Old Tom, or you’re the experimental kind who craves cask-aged editions. There are plenty who favour flavoured gin, and others who love gin liqueurs or savour sloe gin.

It can be difficult to narrow down and determine the best from the rest in a market flooded with new-fangled options. But in the midst of the constantly changing world of gin, why not take a moment to celebrate London dry gin*, the timeless, defined style that offers a wealth of expressions we can all enjoy. To save you the time of finding the bottle that’s right for you, we’ve made a list of 10 of the best London dry gins around. Enjoy!

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

A beginner’s guide to aquavit

Aquavit is finally taking flight outside its Scandinavian home, and it’s about time you got acquainted. Here’s what you should know about the herbaceous and softly spiced Nordic spirit…

We might’ve hit peak ‘hygge’ – anyone else tired of off-white Instagram filters, comfortable rugs, scented candles, coffee shop danishes and minimalist off-white furniture..? – but I’m here to tell you about another equally unpronounceable Scandi staple; one that the world has somehow passed by. It’s called Aquavit (or akvavit, if you’re from the Nordics), and it is delicious.

More…

Categories : Features, We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)

10 drinks that taste as good as they look

Boozes that taste as good as they look

We all know that the most important feature of a spirit is how it tastes. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate an elegant or innovative bottle every now and then…

Did you know that numerous studies have shown that when food or drink looks good it effectively makes it taste better, too? We just can’t help but be drawn by beautiful things, be it the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) or Beyoncé (Aurora Bey-ealis). So it stands to reason that a thoughtful, creative spirits presentation could make a difference. And we’re down for anything that means a more enjoyable dram…

Let’s be clear: we’re not judging a book by its cover. A truly great expression has to have the substance to match its style. We’ll only settle for a celebration of the complete package.

With this in mind, we thought we’d have a lovely little rummage through the shelves at MoM Towers to find the fairest of them all. We present to you our list of 10 drinks that taste as good as they look!

More…

Categories : We're drinking...
Read the full story (no comments)