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The Day of the Dalmunach

by Sam Smith     22. June 2015 09:49

Dalmunach Distillery

If you’ve long been wondering about what Chivas Brothers will be doing with the site of the Imperial distillery, which was mothballed in 1998, you can wonder no longer. Today, the 22nd of June 2015, the Dalmunach distillery will be officially opened by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

Plans were put in place to construct the Dalmunach distillery back in 2012, and the stills were ready to be fired up in October of last year. With the capability of producing 10 million litres of spirit each year, Dalmunach will be supporting the continued growth of Chivas Brothers well known blends, like Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and Ballantine’s.

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Tasting Ledaig 42 Year Old Dùsgadh 1972

by Jake Mountain     19. June 2015 12:00

Ledaig 42 Dusgadh

Crikey it's been busy around here lately! Father's Day is upon us and we also have imminent releases coming out the wazoo! Sometimes you simply have to drop everything though, for a short while at least, because, just occasionally, a very special whisky demands that.

A 42 year old Ledaig? Yeah, that'll certainly do it. This 1972 vintage is the oldest ever release of the peated single malt from Tobermory distillery, and Burn Stewart informs us that the earliest possible date they could release another Ledaig that's at least 40 years old would be in 2036! Special, this most definitely is.

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Get 20% Off Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Final Tickets!

by Jake Mountain     1. June 2015 13:33

The Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Challenge

The 2015 Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Championship Final is being held this Thursday (4th June), and after last year's excitement, we can't wait! This is an annual bartender competition with a difference: they want the best team of three bartenders, with amazing drinks, great service and top chat, who aren't too proud to do the stock take and clean up at the end of the night! This is, quite simply, a Monkey Comp.

And the power to decide the winning team is in your hands! If you can, come along to the final in London for a great night, some top whisky cocktails and to vote for your favourite team.

Tickets are just £10, including four drinks tokens, and we're then able to offer you a discount code for 20% off - Kapow!

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Fèis Ìle - The Islay Whisky Festival 2015

by Jake Mountain     15. May 2015 11:00

Feis Ile Islay That Boutique-y Whisky Company

As some of you may already know, we're sadly not going to be at Fèis Ìle this year. I know, I know. We had a good run though - attending the last four years in a row as Master of Malt, keeping you all (hopefully) entertained whether you'd made it along or not, running some great promotions and even kitting many of you out with some top notch drams, t-shirts and snazzy tote bags. And it was our absolute pleasure to do so.

There'll be no Malt Mobile to look out for this year though (much to the delight of Bowmore's bollards), no gratuitous shots of limited edition whiskies next to hot tubs or Port Ellen tastings and no week long series of our ramblings from the event. But if you are indeed going, especially if it's your first time, allow us to present our little guide to this year's festival...

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Jake & Sam's Top 10 Greatest Ever Whisky Appearances in Film & TV!

by Master of Malt     12. May 2015 17:30

Top 5 Whisky Film TV

Something of a rarity this - a joint blog post! Jake and Sam are proud to present our top whisky appearances on the big and small screen.

So, with Blur's new album still relatively fresh off the press, we give you Whisky & TV! (You know, like Coffee & TV... Geddit?)

Sam: If you're going to call it that, I'm going to make my own list.

Jake: But...

Sam: Yeah. I'm definitely just doing my own list.

Jake: Fine, after you then. I didn't want any of your suggestions in my (super-fun-better-than-Sam's) list anyway.

[Jake holds back tears long enough to look a bit sulky.]

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The Charity Run of the Bumblebee!

by Master of Malt     5. May 2015 16:00

Charity Bee Run

This bank holiday/Star Wars day weekend saw the Charity Bee Run take place! Wheels that were put in motion back on Glenfarclas 105 Day with our Facebook competition saw a bee's tired limbs still in motion at the end of a 21 mile scurry for charity seventeen days later.

Raising over £1,000 for Ripple Africa's Malawian secondary school scholarships; Andrew Wheelhouse, we salute you! Ably supported by his brother Chris, 'The B Team' got lost a couple of times, travelled through Pratt's Bottom, were nearly cornered by a herd of dairy cows and were forced to stop briefly when star struck by the dog from the Cesar adverts, but ultimately they prevailed! We were delighted to receive them at MoM Towers and to present them with their prize: a hard earned and colossal 3 litre bottle of Glenfarclas 105! We also took these champs for a slap up dinner to recharge their batteries before they buzzed off home again.

I don't think there can be(e) any doubt that Andrew was indeed the most deserving winner of our competition. The money he has raised already will allow nine Malawian children to attend secondary school for an entire year, and if you'd like to help him ensure access to eduction for even more, you can donate to this fantastic cause on Andrew's Givey Page.

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Sorry guys… The Bruichladdich Prices *were* wrong

by Master of Malt     1. May 2015 18:25

Master Of Malt Single Casks Glass Closures

So, here's the thing. We fucked up. We got the pricing on our recently released Bruichladdich single casks wrong. To be precise, we accidentally used the figure per litre of pure alcohol instead of the figure per litre of finished liquid in our calculations. The prices of our bottlings are always based on the cost of the liquid, and in this case the costs we used were incorrect. This blog post, for the avoidance of doubt, was written on the naughty step. We took ourselves there.

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New Innovative Glass Closures Now Available Separately For Just £1

by Master of Malt     30. April 2015 16:00

Master Of Malt Single Casks Glass Closures

You may have seen that we recently launched a couple of single casks that featured our shiny new innovative glass closures, which you can read all about here. We also invited you to give your feedback and one query that arose was whether we were going to sell the closures separately, after all, they'll fit any of the bottles in our Single Cask Series! We thought this was such a good idea that we should do it immediately. So we did.

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Master of Cocktails - I'm a Fun Guy

by Ben Ellefsen     27. April 2015 09:08

Master of Cocktails I'm A Fun Guy

Right then everyone. Are we all ready for this week's #MasterofCocktails?

We're going somewhat off-piste this week, making a riff on the Boulevardier, but introducing massive Umami by firstly subbing the Campari for Cynar and secondly garnishing with a pickled Shiitake Mushroom, courtesy of the Pitt Cue Co. Cookbook.

The acid-umami it adds to the drink is truly wonderful, and transformative. If there was ever a cocktail for food...

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Six New Master of Malt Single Cask Bottlings PLUS We Present Our New Glass Closures

by Master of Malt     22. April 2015 07:59

Master Of Malt Single Casks Glass Closures

So then. Single Cask bottlings, eh? Specifically our Single Cask bottlings. It's been a little while since we've bottled a load of delicious whisky for our Single Cask Series, but we're happy to announce not one, not two, not four, but six brand new Master of Malt Single Cask Series bottlings! This bunch includes a 23 year old Ardbeg(!), a 23 year old Invergordon single grain, a 17 year old Ben Nevis and two Bruichladdich single malts.

Exciting, yes? Of course it is. What's also very exciting is that we're releasing two independently bottled single cask whiskies with innovative glass closures, making cork-taint in single malt whiskies a thing of the past. (To be honest, it's a bit of an experiment - we'd love to know what you think but we'll get to that in a minute.)

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