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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 2: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Whisky Advent

Time to tear open window #2 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

Today is Day 2 of Whisky Advent 2016, so let’s go right ahead and dig in to the whisky that is sitting behind window #2 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, which is… Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera!

This Speyside single malt features plenty of the Christmas-y whisky notes that we all want to enjoy on winter evenings (nutmeg, orange, fruitcake) after its maturation in Sherry and new oak casks, which is then followed by a period in a solera vat. Their solera vat has been kept half full since 1998, providing on ongoing conversation between the spirit.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 1: The Lost Distilleries Blend

Lost Distilleries Blend Whisky Advent

It’s the first of December – let’s open up window #1 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

December is finally upon us. This could mean many things to many people. To some, it means they ought to start figuring out what to get their friends for Christmas. For others, it’s a surefire sign to pull out that stockpile of woolly jumpers and wear them all at once until you look like Joey from Friends wearing all of Chandler’s clothes. However, for us here at MoM Towers and whisky lovers around the world, December 1st means one thing: it’s time to crack open window #1 on Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

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#BagThisBottle – Win a Whisky Advent Calendar!

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Win a Free Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar on Twitter!

Whilst chatting with that splendid #WhiskySanta fellow recently, we became aware of the thousands of wishes he’s receiving for Drinks by the Dram’s fantastic spirits-filled Advent Calendars. With December fast approaching, we thought we’d give everyone another chance to bag one by bringing back the ever-popular #BagThisBottle!

Here’s how you could bag yourself a free Whisky Advent Calendar on Twitter in just a few quick clicks…

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Spotlight on… Lagavulin + Win a Trip to the Distillery!

Spotlight on Lagavulin

We’re having a good ol’ look at Lagavulin today, and we’re also giving you the chance to win a trip to the legendary distillery; including a tour, tasting, bottles and even some peat cutting!

Throughout 2016, the Lagavulin distillery on the Isle of Islay has been celebrating its 200th Anniversary. If 200 years of delicious well-peated whisky production isn’t something worth a year-long celebration, we don’t know what is! Fancy a trip to the Lagavulin distillery to see where they’ve been distilling for all these years, along with a whisky tasting, peat-cutting experience and signed bottles? Then you’ll want to enter our competition to win all of that!!!
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Two More Online Retailer of the Year Awards for Master of Malt!

Master of Malt Digital Entrepreneur Awards

We’ve been named Online Retailer of the Year at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2016, and also Online Retailer of the Year – Rest of World at the Icons of Whisky for the fifth time in six years!

It’s already been an extraordinary year for awards, beginning back in March when we were named Global Online Retailer of the Year at Whisky Mag’s Icons of Whisky 2016. The Global Icons works by taking the winners from America, Scotland and Rest of World regions through to a grand final, and as we head towards the end the year, the 2017 Rest of the World results have now been revealed! We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve been named Online Retailer of the Year – Rest of World by Whisky Mag for the fifth time in six years (going on to claim the global crown the previous four times in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as 2016). It’s a record we’re naturally *immensely* proud of, and which means a lot to all of us here.

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 Winners

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017

Jim Murray has announced the winners in this year’s Whisky Bible, with a rye claiming top spot for the second year running and a Scotch whisky in the top three for the first time since 2014.

Following on from Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Canadian rye, it’s an American rye whiskey that’s been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible this time around: Booker’s ‘Big Time Batch’, aged for 13 years, 1 month and 12 days. Laid down by the legendary Booker Noe himself in 2003, shortly before his death, his son continued to watch over the casks and they were finally released earlier this year. Booker’s first ever rye, it was already described by Beam as an “extremely rare, limited edition offering, made from a very limited number of barrels” and will now become an even more sought-after bottling.

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Spotlight on… Yamazaki!

Spotlight on Yamazaki

We take a look at the Yamazaki distillery and its history, and taste a few choice single malt expressions from the renowned Japanese distillery.

The Yamazaki distillery. Maybe you’ve heard of it. If you’re a whisky fan, it’s highly likely that you’re well aware of this legendary Japanese distillery and might have even tasted some of their spectacular Japanese single malt whisky. We’re shining a spotlight on Yamazaki today, so if you want to find out more about the distillery, you’ve come to the right place!

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Diageo Special Releases 2016

Diageo Special Release 2016

The 2016 Special Releases are available for Pre-Order now and we tasted them all last night, including the oldest ever Port Ellen!

When it comes to whisky releases, Diageo’s aptly named annual Special Releases always attract plenty of excitement each year. This year’s selection including whiskies from Port Ellen, Brora, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Cragganmore, Linkwood, Auchroisk, Mannochmore and Cambus distilleries, all of which (at the time of writing) are available to Pre-Order!

One thing you may notice, is that we’re not going to be doing our lotteries or charity auctions for any of these, as we have for some other exciting releases this year, and there’s a simple reason for that. Unlike the situation we had with the Yamazaki Sherry Cask, for example (or will have shortly with a certain collection of American whiskeys), Diageo have endeavoured to price the rarer releases at their ‘market value’. That’s why the prices went up so quickly a couple of years back as they bridged the gap before more or less levelling out (this year’s Port Ellen, from ever-depleting supplies, is £100 more than last year, an increase of around 4%, whereas there had been increases of 100% in recent years).

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2016 Whisky Advent Calendar – Available for Pre-Order!

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Drinks by the Dram have launched their 2016 range of Advent Calendars, and you can Pre-Order yours right now!

Drinks by the Dram revealed their selection of spirit-filled Advent Calendars for 2016 last week, all of which you can pre-order right this very second! Every calendar contains 24 different handmade wax-sealed 3cl drams, one behind each window, so you count down to Christmas while exploring spectacular whiskies, gins, rums, tequilas and more.

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Categories : Absinthe, American Whiskey, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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Charity Whisky Auction up to £1,700 per bottle!

  • The Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition auction bottles are up to £1,700 each with just a few hours to go until the hammer claps down at 14:00 BST today!
  • After tax, everything raised over the £200 RRP will be donated to Malaria No More UK.
  • Every £5 raised is enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net for a family living at risk from malaria in Africa – protecting their children whilst they sleep.Wolfburn Lottery and Auction

UPDATE: A total of £3,066.66 was raised for Malaria No More UK through the auction!

We’re on the home straight of our Wolfburn Inaugural Special Edition auction and the two available bottles of this brilliant single malt are up to £1,700 each with just a few hours left to go!

The bottle auction runs until 14:00 BST (GMT+1) today and everything raised over the RRP of £200 (net of any applicable VAT) will be donated to Malaria No More UK. This will support the charity’s tremendous work protecting millions of children and their families as well as unlocking funds and leveraging government policy to help bring an end to this preventable and treatable disease. Our previous auction for the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 raised £2,800 for the charity, with these bottles set to top that figure!

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