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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #4: That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Irish Single Malt #1 – Batch 2 – 13 Year Old

So, what’s behind window #4 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, eh? It’s a brand new bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, that’s what! It’s your lucky day…

So, what’s behind window #4 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, eh? It’s a brand new bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, that’s what!

It’s your lucky day on the Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, because #WhiskyAdvent is going Irish!

Behind window #4 is a succulent dram of…

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Irish Single Malt #1 13 Year Old.

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Master of Malt-exclusive Redbreast 16 Year Old 2001 Single Cask!

Bear with us while we compose ourselves – the latest Master of Malt exclusive bottling is here and it’s so good it’s got us in a right fluster. Behold: Redbreast…

Bear with us while we compose ourselves – the latest Master of Malt exclusive bottling is here and it’s so good it’s got us in a right fluster. Behold: Redbreast 16 Year Old 2001 Single Cask!

Lingo that we like here are MoM Towers: whisky. Irish whiskey. Single pot still. Single cask. Cask strength. It’s like the most wonderful game of word association.

So imagine the joy – nay, near-frenzy – when the fruit of our intrepid spirits buyers’ latest adventure found its way into the office. Redbreast 16 Year Old 2001 Single Cask is a delectably divine single pot still showcase – and it is also a Master of Malt exclusive, which sent the excitement levels well and truly through the roof!

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Midleton Very Rare 2017 and Cask Circle – own a bottle or a cask!

Midleton Very Rare 2017 launches in Ireland The distillery also launches The Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle, its new cask ownership club Jake tastes Midleton Very Rare from every decade,…

  • Midleton Very Rare 2017 launches in Ireland
  • The distillery also launches The Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle, its new cask ownership club
  • Jake tastes Midleton Very Rare from every decade, including some of these newly available whiskeys
  • Lots of Irish whiskey to talk about here, as well as a bit of a sign off from yours truly, but feel free to skip ahead to the 2017 release, or to find out about more the Cask Circle

    First off, a bit of housekeeping. Yes, I’m still alive! You’ll no doubt have noticed a plethora of posts from our awesome new content team hitting the blog lately. It’s a team made up of our new editor Kristiane Sherry, fellow new faces at MoM Towers Annie Hayes and Adam O’Connell, and the one and only Sam Smith (he of Tom Hanks’ Big fandom and aversion to flying).

    You’ll notice that my name didn’t feature on that there list. Ooh, mysterious. Suffice to say that I’m still busy doing all sorts at MoM Towers. Emphasis on the busy – that’s how I’m keeping (especially with national present day fast approaching!*). I may chip in with very occasional blog posts going forward (so what’s new, exactly?), but it does rather feel like a passing of the torch moment as I’m typing this. Fitting, then, that this is a post about Irish whiskey, which you may have noticed over the years is one of my favourite topics (see older posts such as Irish Whiskey – Everything You Need To Know! as well as the more recent Spotlight on… Redbreast and interview with Master Blender Billy Leighton).

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    Irish whiskey shifts 100 million bottles a year!

    The world has got a taste for Irish whiskey! With 2016 sales soaring by 11.3%, we explore the state of the market, from the new distilleries, to who is actually…

    The world has got a taste for Irish whiskey! With 2016 sales soaring by 11.3%, we explore the state of the market, from the new distilleries, to who is actually drinking it all…

    The Irish Spirits Association has issued the results of its first-ever market report, and it makes for very interesting reading. Even though alcohol consumption itself in Ireland has been steadily falling (take that, lazy stereotype) exports of Irish spirits are growing at an ever-increasing rate.

    “This is the first-ever industry and market report issued by the Irish Spirits Association and it comes at a time when our sector is undergoing vibrant growth and has a lot to be proud of,” said John Harte, chairman of the Irish Spirits Association.

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    Chapel Gate Whiskey Co. to shake up Irish whiskey one batch at a time…

    The Chapel Gate Whiskey Co. – Ireland’s first bonder for 50 years – has launched its first blended Irish whiskey, J.J. Corry ‘The Gael’. We explore how the all-female team…

    The Chapel Gate Whiskey Co. – Ireland’s first bonder for 50 years – has launched its first blended Irish whiskey, J.J. Corry ‘The Gael’. We explore how the all-female team is bringing a touch of regionality to the dynamic category…

    Set on a family farm in the quiet village of Cooraclare, located on the windswept west coast of Ireland, Chapel Gate Whiskey Co. was initially visualised as a grain-to-glass distillery. While delving into the region’s distilling history, founder Louise McGuane stumbled upon the life and work of shopkeeper, innovator, inventor and (most significantly) bonder, J.J. Corry.

    It’s a strange truth that Irish whiskey distilling was historically an entirely third-party operation. Pre-1900s, distilleries would flog their new-make to bonders, who would then mature, blend, bottle and sell the whiskey as per their own unique style.

    Bonders varied in size, from industrial operations to local entrepreneurs like Corry, who sold his very own Corry’s Special Malt alongside Assam tea from India, Caribbean rum, Port, sherry, wine from Bordeaux, guns, ammunition, bicycles and bicycle parts.

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    With Halloween looming, check out these spine-chilling spirits…

    Whether you’re in full-on costume-designing mode or plan on spending Halloween hiding from trick-or-treaters, we’ve rounded up some suitably spooky spirits to toast the occasion. What does Halloween mean to…

    Whether you’re in full-on costume-designing mode or plan on spending Halloween hiding from trick-or-treaters, we’ve rounded up some suitably spooky spirits to toast the occasion.

    What does Halloween mean to you? Perhaps you’re hosting some kind of mystical moonlit bash (in which case we can definitely help), or maybe, like many others, you’ll be sat inside quietly cursing the doorbell with a drink in hand (we can also help with this). Whichever way you like to play it, have a read through our hot picks for some spooky and spirited inspiration that won’t murder your bank balance.

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    Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain 12yo top in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018

    The “sheer undiluted beauty” of Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 Years has nabbed it the title of world’s best whisky in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible…

    The “sheer undiluted beauty” of Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 Years has nabbed it the title of world’s best whisky in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018.

    Just as it says on the tin, the expression is made using a quartet of grains – corn, rye, wheat and malted barley – and scored 97.5 out of 100 in Murray’s nose-taste-finish-balance assessment system.

    “Nothing could match the astonishing beauty of its surprisingly delicate weight and complexity combined,” Murray said of the whiskey. “It was though time stood still in the tasting room; I just knew…”

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    Once you’ve checked in, do you check out the travel retail spirits?

    Jetting off somewhere exotic? Milling around in departures? Put down the giant Toblerone and step away from designer perfume – the travel retail spirits department is likely worth a visit……

    Jetting off somewhere exotic? Milling around in departures? Put down the giant Toblerone and step away from designer perfume – the travel retail spirits department is likely worth a visit…

    A departure lounge is a strange little experience, isn’t it? You’re stuck in limbo, not quite on holiday, not quite home, held in a large brightly-lit pen where everything is perpetually open.

    The most marvellous thing about it, we’re sure you’ll agree, is the spirits department. Here our favourite producers become daring, rolling out exclusive (and often, unusual) line extensions and creative sampling stations – virtual reality distillery tour, anyone?

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    The world’s best boozy Advent calendars are ready to rock and roll!

    Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today! Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of…

    Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today!

    Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of their bumper range of booze-filled Advent calendars earlier this month. The stash has arrived at MoM Towers, and the heavenly haul is shipping now!

    From whisky and gin to rum, Tequila, Cognac, and many, many more, each fabulously festive box is filled to the brim with 24 different wax-sealed drams, one tucked behind each window. There’s literally no tastier way to count down to Christmas!

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    This is not a drill – spirit-filled Advent Calendars available to pre-order now!

    Drinks by the Dram has released its 2017 range of brilliantly boozy Advent Calendars into the wild – pre-order yours now! Drinks by the Dram has unveiled its bumper range…

    Drinks by the Dram has released its 2017 range of brilliantly boozy Advent Calendars into the wild – pre-order yours now!

    Drinks by the Dram has unveiled its bumper range of Advent Calendars for 2017 – and the range is bigger and better than ever. From whisky and gin to Cognac, Tequila and many, many more, every calendar is filled to the brim with 24 different 30ml samples of deliciousness. What’s more, you can pre-order yours right this very moment with but a mere click of the mouse!!

    Every calendar contains 24 different wax-sealed drams, one behind each window, collectively adding up to an Advent Calendar of much magnificence. We’ve got The Whisky Advent Calendar, The Ginvent Calendar, The Rum Advent Calendar, The Tequila Advent Calendar, and many more up our sleeves to make sure the Christmas spirit is well and truly flowing this December.

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