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Master of Malt named Best Online Retailer 2018 by British Bourbon Society!

We’re utterly delighted to have been named the Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society for the second year in a row! Sometimes getting back up and running after…

We’re utterly delighted to have been named the Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society for the second year in a row!

Sometimes getting back up and running after a long bank holiday weekend can be a bit of a mission. Lucky, there was some news waiting for us this morning to get everyone back in high spirits – we’ve been named Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society!

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Ten years of Balcones with head distiller Jared Himstedt!

It’s been 10 whole years since pioneering Texas distillery Balcones burst onto the American craft distilling scene! Here, head distiller Jared Himstedt reflects on a decade of experimental whisky-making (without…

It’s been 10 whole years since pioneering Texas distillery Balcones burst onto the American craft distilling scene! Here, head distiller Jared Himstedt reflects on a decade of experimental whisky-making (without the ‘e’), details his anniversary creation Texas Rye, and reveals why future projects mean the best of Balcones is yet to come…

From humble beginnings in an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco (operated by a team with no distilling experience to speak of, using equipment they built by hand), to a 65,000 square foot site almost 25 times the size, in 10 short years Balcones has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

When the team set up shop, the US craft whisk(e)y scene was still very much in its infancy. Meticulous about each step of the distilling process, from grain varieties to fermentation processes to maturation choices, Balcones dared to be different from the very beginning; crafting the first ever Texan whisky, Texas Single Malt, and the world’s first blue corn whisky, True Blue.

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Welcome to The Macallan Whisky Lounge: the UK’s first!

The rumours are true – The Macallan Whisky Lounge has hit the UK! We fill you in on all the details, talk to the bar manager about what to expect,…

The rumours are true – The Macallan Whisky Lounge has hit the UK! We fill you in on all the details, talk to the bar manager about what to expect, and walk you through an exclusive World Whisky Tour…

It’s not often a celebrated whisky distillery opens a dedicated whisky lounge, but Speyside masters The Macallan have only gone and done just that. Located within Vauxhall-based European-Japanese fusion restaurant Four Degree, this is the brand’s first UK lounge, with the other situated on the second floor of the Galaxy Hotel in Macau, China (the Vauxhall location is thankfully a far simpler commute).

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Check out these heart-warming Valentine’s Day spirits!

In news that will come as no surprise to the romantic, the lovelorn and the rest, National Singles Awareness Day Valentine’s Day is upon us again (on the 14th, just…

In news that will come as no surprise to the romantic, the lovelorn and the rest, National Singles Awareness Day Valentine’s Day is upon us again (on the 14th, just like it was last year).

With the day in question approaching faster than Cupid’s arrow, here at MoM Towers we just wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t make sure that you lovely lot knew where you could find the most delicious and delightful boozes for your nearest and/or dearest. So, we’ve compiled a handy list of Valentine’s presents for all you marvellous folk – we are good to you.

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The Nightcap: 26 January

This week in The Nightcap: Diageo’s boundary-pushing plans for Scotch whisky innovation come to light, Cognac house Louis XIII creates the world’s largest crystal decanter, and a Brazilian spirit distillery…

This week in The Nightcap: Diageo’s boundary-pushing plans for Scotch whisky innovation come to light, Cognac house Louis XIII creates the world’s largest crystal decanter, and a Brazilian spirit distillery stakes its claim in Kentucky.

Haggis? Toasted. Bagpipes? Piped. Drams? Relished. Last night, revellers across the globe got busy celebrating the life and work of 18th-century Scottish poet Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns. There was whisky, poetry, ceilidhs, the occasional deep-fried Mars bar – and a distillery milestone to boot. But we’ll tell you more about that later, because it’s time to reflect back on blog-shaped goings-on…

This week we brought you the recipe for the World’s Best Martini following a gruelling competition in London, delved into the past, present and future of ‘drinking vinegars’ with Nonsuch Shrubs, and reflected on how the world’s first ‘female’ bar list highlighted gender imbalance in booze. Oh, and the world’s biggest privately-owned spirits firm (Bacardi) bought the parent company of best-selling ultra-premium Tequila brand Patrón for a whopping US$5 BILLION. Can’t forget that.

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #21: Hudson Manhattan Rye

As we approach the end of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, Day #21 brings a festive celebration from across the pond! Could there be a more Christmassy place…

As we approach the end of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, Day #21 brings a festive celebration from across the pond!

Could there be a more Christmassy place in the world than New York City in December? You’ve seen the films (Miracle On 34th Street, Home Alone 2, Die Hard) – Christmas in NYC is the stuff dreams are made of!

Why am I suddenly talking about NYC? Well, it might have something to do with the whiskey hidden away today in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… Hudson Manhattan Rye!

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017: Lotteries and Charity Auctions

The enormously popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back for 2017! Once again we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction…

The enormously popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back for 2017! Once again we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction (with profits over RRP donated to Malaria No More UK). After all, we want as many people as possible to taste the good stuff, while doing some good!

To find out when this is all going down, see the timeline below.

As some of you may recall, our ‘first-come-first-serve’ method caused some, erm, drama back in 2015, so last year we decided to implement a brand new system – splitting our entire Buffalo Trace Antique Collection allocation between 30ml drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions. That meant hundreds of you had the chance to taste the goods. Because, after all, it exists to be enjoyed!

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #12: Evan Williams White Label

We’re storming through #WhiskyAdvent! Today we’re kicking off the second half of our tasty Drinks By The Dram Whisky Advent Calendar with a swift trip across the pond… It’s 12…

We’re storming through #WhiskyAdvent! Today we’re kicking off the second half of our tasty Drinks By The Dram Whisky Advent Calendar with a swift trip across the pond…

It’s 12 December, and that means we’re smack bang in the middle of #WhiskyAdvent! Forget half-time oranges, we’ve brought you a tipple from Kentucky to tide you over.

Behind window #12 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is… Evan Williams White Label!

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #5: Jim Beam Double Oak

Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar heads across the pond for Day #5 to sample a dram from a truly classic brand, with a long and rich history of…

Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar heads across the pond for Day #5 to sample a dram from a truly classic brand, with a long and rich history of distilling…

So good they charred it twice, this next dram of deliciousness will fill you to the brim with Christmas cheer!

That’s because behind window #5*, there’s a dram of Jim Beam Double Oak!

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #2: Buffalo Trace

We’re only two days into Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar and already we’re jetting off to the US for the next dram! There’s talk of a bourbon on…

We’re only two days into Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar and already we’re jetting off to the US for the next dram! There’s talk of a bourbon on the horizon…

Did you know that eating Kentucky Fried Chicken has become a Christmas tradition in Japan? It’s estimated 3.6 million Japanese families turn to fried chicken instead of turkey every year (don’t get any ideas – you’re having turkey dammit!).

Truly this is the season where almost anything can become a new tradition – surely a whisky-based Advent calendar is as good idea as any – right?

In this spirit, what would be really fitting is a dram from Kentucky. Now if only there was one behind window #2 of #WhiskyAdvent…

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