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Sorry About Today

by Master of Malt     20. November 2015 17:32

Blue Screen

So you may have noticed the little incident we had this afternoon.

At midday we put the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection up on the site and to much excitement you all came rushing to buy the limited number of bottles available. A few moments later our site went down, preventing a lot of lovely people from purchasing their whisky, for which we are truly sorry. We were down 13 minutes in total, and the lucky few who got on the site right as it recovered snapped up the last few bottles (and we got that wrong earlier too - we thought they’d all been sold before the site went down, but they hadn’t). It's not the customer experience we wanted to provide; we are going to learn from today and improve.

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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 11 - James Sedgwick Distillery

by Sam Smith     20. November 2015 17:11

James Sedgwick Distillery

Gosh, it certainly takes a lot of effort to run over 5,000 miles. The Proclaimers only walked over 1,000 (or at least they said they would), I wonder it took them about a fifth of the time it took me! Yes, it’s been a couple of weeks, but my Around the World in 80 Drams journey has resumed as I arrive in South Africa after rather long trip from Madrid, Spain. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the first single grain whisky from South Africa - Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, which is produced at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, situated at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass.

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Exclusive Telegraph Whisky Experience Offer for Master of Malt Blog Readers

by Master of Malt     19. November 2015 12:42

Telegraph Whisky Experience

On the Monday 30th of November and Tuesday 1st of December, the Telegraph will once again be presenting their Telegraph Whisky Experience at One Whitehall Place in London, bringing together a selection of leading whisky brands, distillers, specialists and enthusiasts!

Hosted by the charismatic whisky expert Charles MacLean, the Telegraph Whisky Experience will allow lovers of the historic spirit the chance to share a dram with the folks behind the stills, as well as getting access to a private whisky fair in Gladstone library, enjoying a stunning meal designed by the One Whitehall Place head chef and even attend one of two fascinating masterclasses.

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“Build Your Own” Advent Calendar!

by Sam Smith     19. November 2015 08:28

Build Your Own Calendar

Well, that title really says it all, doesn’t it? For the absence of doubt, let’s just go ahead and put this in exciting bold text so we can all cheer and throw confetti at each other afterwards - that’s right, you can now pick exactly what drams go into your very own Advent Calendar! If that’s all the information you need to get the creative juices in your brain flowing as if you’ve just discovered a cupboard filled with tiny colourful Danish toy bricks, click here to start building. If you fancy finding out a bit more, then read on, future Advent Calendar architect!

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Plans For A Brand New Gin Distillery in Kyoto Unveiled

by Sam Smith     16. November 2015 11:38

Kyoto Distillery Logo

As Master of Malt’s newly-designated geography enthusiast, what with my Around the World in 80 Drams blog series and all, it’s very exciting to hear of a new distillery being built in far off lands. The world’s pretty massive (I’ve got a map to prove it), and distillers from all over bring new, exciting ideas to the table, which means more tasty treats for us all to enjoy! Cheers, Planet Earth!

Just this morning, David Croll and Marcin Miller announced the founding of Number One Drinks Company Japan and their plans to build what is believed to be the first artisan gin distillery in Japan - The Kyoto Distillery! With the distillery’s premises secured in Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and sometimes known as The City of Ten Thousand Shrines, plans are to get the distillery open at some point during 2016 and start producing gin with a focus on Japanese botanicals.

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The Return of Ask #WhiskySanta... He'll grant one wish per day!

by Whisky Santa     12. November 2015 16:00

Whisky Santa

[Update: He's now giving gifts away at the checkout too!]

Guess who is back... Back once again... #WhiskySanta is back! Tell all your friends and loved ones. Ho ho ho! A bit of the M&M-style wrap for you there. I like to stay current.

That's right, your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being is back from his holibobs. I may have only had ten months off after last year's festivities (during which I even received a shiny ISC award) but a tinsel-covered alarm clock has gone off somewhere and I'm feeling extremely generous once again! Time to make some lists and check them twice - lists of people using #WhiskySanta, that is - before granting one wish per day for you lucky people for a second year running!

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Snazzy New Website

by Master of Malt     6. November 2015 16:30

Master of Malt Responsive Website

Mobile phones - marvellous devices, we’re sure you’ll agree. Aside from the obvious (‘the obvious’ depending massively on your relative dirtiness of mind), you can use them to buy everything from plimsolls to posters of famous Hollywood stars.

Somewhere within this range lies whisky and other spirits, and that’s where we come in. Our website has been mobile-compatible for a good long while but, honestly, our mobile-game was starting to look relatively weak - so we’ve totally rebuilt it from the ground up.

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More Yula 20 Year Old from Douglas Laing Now Available!

by Master of Malt     6. November 2015 15:19

Yula 20 Year Old

As this blog goes live, something exciting is happening - we’ve been able to get hold of some more bottles of Yula, and they’re now available to buy! It sold out very quickly last time, so you may not want to waste any more time here on the blog...

Still with us? Right, well we better tell you some more about this exciting release then! Yula is a new blended malt from Douglas Laing. We love a blended malt from these folk, of course, whether it’s Big Peat, Scallwag or Timorous Beastie (the ‘Douglas Laing Force’, as Sam calls them/likes to draw them in paint) or indeed Rock Oyster, made with island malts.

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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 10 - Santamanía

by Sam Smith     30. October 2015 16:24

Santamania

We’re on week 10 of the Around the World in 80 Drams adventure, and we’ve made it to mainland Spain to enjoy some very exciting gin! Last week I left you a clue that grapes play a pivotal part in this gin’s production - we’re going to be tasting Santamanía London Dry Gin, which is produced in Madrid!

I also said the it would take 7.2 hours to travel from Menorca to Madrid if I was riding a Pronghorn Antelope. I have since discovered that Pronghorn Antelopes are not even Antelopes at all! They’re artiodactyls - but honestly, you could probably just get away with calling them pointy-quick-deers if you wanted to. However, they are one of the fastest land animals, second only to the Cheetah, so don’t say that too loud unless you want a pair of pretty dangerous horns charging at you at 34 miles per hour.

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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 9 - Xoriguer

by Sam Smith     23. October 2015 11:53

Xoriguer

Welcome to week 9 of our Around The World in 80 Drams tour, the blog series where we find out all about spirits from far off lands and learn just how much I love lighthouses. Today we head south out of France and head to a wonderful Spanish island to get a taste of a particular gin with a very particular Geographical Indication. Yes, we're setting sail for Menorca to enjoy some Xoriguer Mahon Gin.

Last week I mentioned I'd be travelling via a team of toads, and that it would take me just under 3 days to travel from Maison Janneau to Xoriguer (only if they travelled at their top speed the whole way, which is 5 miles per hour). I have to apologise, I was in fact wrong. The collective noun for toads is "a knot". It would take me just about 3 days to travel from Maison Janneau to Xoriguer via a knot of toads.

All square? Good. We may continue.

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