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We Do Beer Now!

by Master of Malt     12. February 2016 12:00

Beer Master of Malt

That’s right, as you may have noticed we now have hundreds of delicious beers, from classic Trappist ales and Pilsners to craft IPAs, APAs, Porters and more! We've long admired the beer world, and the craft brewing movement in particular, and thought it was high time whisky’s brewed cousin was ‘properly’ represented on the site.

We are Master of Malt, after all…

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Kingsbarns Distillery Passes Some Big Milestones...

by Sam Smith     2. February 2016 14:07

Kingsbarns Distillery Founders' Club

The Kingsbarns Distillery in Fife has just passed some big milestones - not only was it their first anniversary in November last year (they launched the Kingsbarns Distillery Founders' Club to celebrate), but January was the anniversary of their first mash and first spirit distillation! These are memorable events for new distilleries - the start of their journey to making whisky! Congratulations to Kingsbarns Distillery Manager Peter Holroyd and his team!

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Master of Malt named Online Retailer of the Year - Rest of World

by Jake Mountain     29. January 2016 14:00

Icons of Whisky Online Retailer

We're delighted to announce that Master of Malt has been named Online Retailer of the Year (Rest of World) at Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky 2016!

Having picked up this award (and been able to go on to claim the Global crown) in 2012, 2013 and 2014, it gives us enormous pleasure to continue our success at the Icons of Whisky in 2016 and be recognised yet again by the knowledgeable folk at Whisky Magazine.

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Receive a Free Riedel Tumbler when you Pay with PayPal

by Master of Malt     25. January 2016 09:30

Robert Burns

Do you happen to enjoy a beautiful drink as well as a beautiful drinking vessel? Well you're very much in luck, as in honour of Burns Night, if you pay for an order on Master of Malt using PayPal between 10:00 and 23:59 GMT today (25th of January 2016), you will receive a free Riedel tumbler worth £9.95 (1 per customer - while stock lasts)!

Our Master of Malt branded Riedel tumblers are just the ticket for enjoying a delicious Whisky, with its fine rim and correct tapered form - it's super-thin too, meaning you can put heat into the whisky if you so wish. They're also very pretty indeed.

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Burns Night: Traditional vs. Untraditional

by Sam Smith     19. January 2016 17:04

Robert Burns

So. Burns Night. That’s next week. Burns Suppers date back to 1801, with the first one being held by friends of the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns. They’ve continued ever since, with people around the world enjoying haggis, poetry and whisky on the 25th of January. When something happens for over 200 years, sometimes people think about trying to do something a bit untraditional - like the year that Monkey Shoulder hosted a Burns night celebrating Montgomery Burns and Jake wrote a blog post mostly about a completely different TV show character.

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Good Enough, Isn't... 2015 in Review

by Master of Malt     6. January 2016 16:30

Whisky Santa

What a year it’s been. It’s always nice to have a bit of an old roundup at about this time - so here we go!

First up, we must acknowledge a huge failure on our part. During December we had what we can only call a catastrophic security compromise. We detected it in early December and worked hard all month to identify the perpetrator and bring the security compromise to a halt, but were unable to remove the threat until Christmas Day. Even then, we were unable to stop the perpetrator - he stopped of his own volition, almost as if he lost interest or had better things to do. #WhiskySanta has a lot to answer for.

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A Goodbye from Master of Malt's #WhiskySanta for 2015

by Whisky Santa     25. December 2015 06:00

Whisky Santa

Merry Christmas everyone!

My festive work here is done and I can honestly say that this has been my favourite Christmas ever! I granted 43 wishes this year (one each and every day since 12th November) and also gave away extra gifts to thousands of lucky Master of Malt customers at the checkout! That's a total of well over £25,000 of treats!!!

I received over 24,000 wishes in total and a big thank you to all of you for spreading the good word (#WhiskySanta was delivered to twitter timelines over 21 million times during the period!). Amongst my favourite wishes to grant this year were @daxledbetter's Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing) and @DavidCraikPhoto's Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur on Twitter as well as Jo Lawson's Penderyn Bourbon Cask B227 on Facebook. Fantastic choices!

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Whisky Advent Day 24: 50 Year Old Douglas Laing Grain

by Master of Malt     24. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

Well, here we are. Here we stand, on the very brink of Christmas 2015 - Christmas Eve itself - and the final day of #WhiskyAdvent. Behind window 24 of every Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is a grain whisky that's at least 50 years old(!), bottled by the fine folk from Douglas Laing for their excellent Xtra Old Particular range.

Whether you have an exclusive 50 year old Invergordon*, a 50 year old blended grain, a 50 year old Girvan (image below) or, as we've received here at MoM Towers, a 53 year old North British (tasting note below), you'll be able to enjoy some extraordinarily well-aged grain courtesy of Douglas Laing. Many of you let us know how much you enjoyed your Girvan grains on Day 18, so this second grain should cause a fair bit of excitement. These are whiskies that matured for over half a century for goodness sake! Enjoy, and have an absolutely fantastic Christmas one and all!

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Whisky Advent Day 23: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

by Master of Malt     23. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

Just one day to go before Christmas Eve, which means:

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

Meanwhile, in The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram today is a whisky from one of the best selling single malt Scotch distilleries in the world (until recently, the best selling)...

The Glenfiddich name and stag (reendowed with his 12-pointed antlers last year) have become synonymous with single malt, with Glenfiddich having been the first whisky marketed as such back in 1963. It was a gamble that paid off handsomely, and the rest, as they say, is history! It's well worth revisiting their range, with this 18 year old having been matured in a mix of Oloroso Sherry and bourbon casks.

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Whisky Advent Day 22: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

by Master of Malt     22. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

Just three days until Christmas and, including today's, just three drams left in The Whisky Advent Calendar. Slightly bittersweet perhaps, with Christmas being completely awesome but having to say goodbye to a new whisky every day... Fortunately Drinks by the Dram have thought of that, and have a range of dram-filled Christmas Crackers too!

For now some fine drams remain, however, with another Irish whiskey to enjoy behind window 22 courtesy of those Teeling boys. First their family gave us the independent Cooley distillery (producing the excellent Connemara Peated single malt and Greenore single grain, for example), purchased by Beam in 2011, and now in 2015 they've opened the first whisky distillery in Dublin for 125 years!

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