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Method + Madness = A Whole New Range of Irish Whiskeys!

The marvellous minds at Midleton have unveiled a new series of Irish whiskey which “…aims to harness the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters through the fresh talent of its apprentices.”
 
They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Irish whiskey legends Midleton clearly do not subscribe to that train of thought if their freshly announced series of bottlings is anything to go by. The Method and Madness range is about giving in to the curiosity and experimental nature of whiskey production, with a careful mind to the history of expertise that can be found at the Midleton distillery.

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Become a Judge in the Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 2!

Whisky Mag Battle of the Blends

It’s time once again for a victor to be crowned in Whisky Magazine’s epic Battle of the Blends and you can be one of the judges! Simply pop a 1p(!) Judging Set into your Master of Malt order now.
 
Those of you who read Whisky Magazine will already be up to speed with their exciting second Battle of the Blends, and many of you will of course remember last year’s heavyweight bout. For those of you who haven’t followed its progress, we’re currently in the midst of another heroic blending tussle, this time between the reigning champion Neil ‘General Mashtun’ Ridley and George ‘Aegir’ Keeble to produce the perfect blended whisky and claim all glory!
 
Their whiskies have now been lovingly constructed and once again we’ve been working alongside Whisky Mag to find a winner in this fantastic contest. This means that there’s a chance for you to join the illustrious judging panel!

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Spotlight on… Connoisseurs Choice + Win a Bottle of Glen Grant 1952

Launched in the mid-1960s, Connoisseurs Choice is one of the world’s most comprehensive and fascinating ranges of independently bottled Scotch whisky on the market. The oldest vintage in the current selection dates all the back to 1938, and the whiskies come in all ages, from 5 to 75 years old! Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at this phenomenal range, as well as try a few delicious expressions. In fact, we’re even giving away a very special sherry-matured 1952 Glen Grant from the same bottler, worth £2,120. First, however, a little history…
 
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Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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A Farewell from Master of Malt’s #WhiskySanta 2016

We hope you enjoyed #WhiskySanta’s biggest ever festive giveaway by far! The only thing left to say is…
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!
 
This is the third year in which I’ve been spreading the festive cheer with Master of Malt and every time we do it it’s been much bigger and better. This year it was simply incredible with over £100,000 worth of gifts given away!
 
I gave out thousands of extra treats and even entirely free orders at the Master of Malt checkout as well as granting Christmas wishes on social media every day including the truly amazing £3,300 Macallan M Super Wish and the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 3cl bonus super wishes! Well over 40,000 wishes were made overall, with #WhiskySanta popping up on twitter timelines alone an extraordinary 35 million times! You can see a full list of the wishes I granted over on my original post and a selection of pics of your Christmas wishes coming true below…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 24: The Half-Century Blend

Well folks, we made it. Christmas Eve. The final day of #WhiskyAdvent. Time to open that last remaining window and see what deliciousness waits behind it…
 
You may be somewhat aware, but in case you missed it, let’s just go over this one more time – it’s almost Christmas! In fact, it’s bloomin’ Christmas tomorrow!!! A very exciting prospect, though somewhat bittersweet, as it means we’re onto our last day of #WhiskyAdvent. And while that itself is bittersweet, it’s also very exciting to see what’s going be behind window #24 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Everything’s a circle, you see…
 

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 23: Highland Park 12 Year Old

We’re so close to Christmas! Start wrapping the presents! Start assembling the cheeseboard! Start opening the penultimate window of the Whisky Advent Calendar!
 
It’s the 23rd of December, meaning after today’s dram, there will only be one lonely dram left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is almost over for another year, folks! Today also stands as your advance warning to start assembling the post-Christmas dinner cheeseboard. Consider yourself forewarned and don’t you dare forget the camembert.
 
Behind window #23, you’ll be finding finding a dram of Highland Park 12 Year Old! A reliably excellent Scotch single malt from Orkney, just what you want on a chilly evening assembling cheeseboards (are we overstating the importance of these cheeseboard? No. You cannot overstate the importance of a cheeseboard).

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 22: Buffalo Trace

Only three days of #WhiskyAdvent remain, and we’re returning to America from another dram of brilliant bourbon…
 
There’s only three drams left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar! It’s also well worth noting (in exciting bold italics) that…
 

You still have until 9pm tonight to get your UK Mainland Christmas orders in!!!

With that aside, let’s take a look at what’s behind window #22… It’s Buffalo Trace bourbon! There’s been a lot of mentions of Buffalo Trace on our blog in the past few weeks, what with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection dram lotteries, bottle lotteries and charity auctions (which are ending today) as well as #WhiskySanta getting his mitts on some of those drams to give away. Well, now it’s time to dive into a dram of their classic expression!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 21: Macallan 12 Year Old

Time to start peeling sprouts and sipping a tasty Macallan – it’s Day 21 of #WhiskyAdvent!
 
Christmas is only a stone’s throw away and we can’t get Christmas music out of our head – likely because of the animatronic reindeer on the wall that sings ‘It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas’. It’s got fresh batteries in it too, so it definitely won’t run out of power, because you can’t put a price on comedy.
 
So, what will we be enjoying today via Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar? Well, behind window #21 you’ll find a dram of Macallan 12 Year Old – either the 12 Year Old Sherry Oak or the 12 Year Old Double Cask!

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#WhiskySanta’s Giving Away Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Drams as Bonus Super Wishes!

#WhiskySanta will give away 3cl sample drams from the highly sought-after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection this week!
 
Ho-Ho-Ho! Now I have a machine gun I have one final surprise up my immaculately-cuffed sleeve this festive season! Whilst checking in with those handsome chaps at Master of Malt last week I managed to set aside a tiny amount of 3cl drams (just 8 in total, across 4 of the releases) from the enormously popular, but limited, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. I’ll be giving these out as gifts to some very lucky people who wish for them on certain days this week!
 

Now, I should point out that Master of Malt had thousands of entries in their lotteries for chances to purchase fewer than a dozen bottles and a few dozen 3cl drams. Goodness knows how many of you will wish for a chance to receive a 3cl dram for free! What I’m saying is, if you want to guarantee you get your hands on some of your favourite Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskey this year (and are feeling a bit flush) then you should head over to Master of Malt’s Charity Auctions now: for William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg Bourbon,
Sazerac 18 Year Old, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye and Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, where everything raised over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) will go to Malaria No More UK to support their superb work.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 20: Fettercairn Fasque

It’s December 20th – we’re on the home stretch, everyone! Let’s see what’s behind window #20…
 
From dragons yesterday to unicorns today. We told you that Christmas was filled with mythical beasts! If you couldn’t guess from that little hint, the dram hiding behind window #20 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a delicious single malt from Fettercairn, who have a unicorn on their labels (the unicorn is also the national animal of Scotland – a useful factoid for post-Christmas dinner games of Trivial Pursuit). Today’s dram is Fettercairn Fasque, an unpeated expression which takes its name from a country estate close to the distillery in the Highlands…
 

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