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Gift Vouchers Are Evil

by Master of Malt     11. June 2015 13:35

Master of Malt Gift Vouchers

Vouchers… Vouchers, vouchers, vouchers. They’re the dirty little secret of retailing. They are a little bit of magic. Shops have somehow convinced people to hand over their money in return for something which becomes literally worthless anywhere between 6 months and a couple of years later or whenever you lose it (whichever comes sooner).

In the meantime they get to have your hard-earned money sitting in their bank account earning interest, or financing the operation of their business. And in return for this you, the gift voucher owner, the Lord of the gift voucher manor get… nothing.

*Nothing*. Does that seem right to you? No. Nor us.

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Gascony Calling: A Single Cask Series Armagnac!

by Jake Mountain     10. June 2015 11:00

Château de Castex Armagnac Master of Malt

So it may be gorgeous,
So it may not be famous,
Armagnac, twenty-one years old.

There's a new release in the Master of Malt Single Cask Series charts, and the artist isn't even Scottish! In fact, it's not even whisky. (We do have some more Single Cask whiskies on the way shortly though... and not necessarily all from Scotland...) Extending the range into different spirit types entirely, we're delighted to present our very first independent bottling of Armagnac!

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Master of Cocktails - First-Press Terroir Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     8. June 2015 09:04

Master of Cocktails First Press Terroir Sour

Greetings to you all. Time for another #MasterofCocktails? I think so. Last one for a few weeks this, due to impending progeny.

Today we're making a drink that sounds thoroughly weird, but I assure you is delicious. It's a gin sour that uses olive oil as an emulsifier.

Now - you can make this drink by shaking, but there is a better way if you're making at home instead of in a bar. So - we're going to repair to the kitchen.

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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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Master of Cocktails - Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

by Ben Ellefsen     1. June 2015 09:09

Master of Cocktails Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

Right then boys and girls. Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails - this week we're making a pork-infused wet martini. Sound appetising? Well it should - It's delicious.

This one's called 'Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig' (I'm still waiting for my cocktail-naming crown to be delivered, by the way).

Plenty of prep work to do before bringing it all together, so let's get to it.

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Master of Cocktails - Mutiny on the Bounty

by Ben Ellefsen     26. May 2015 08:55

Master of Cocktails Mutiny On The Bounty

Well greetings cocktail fans. Everyone enjoy their bank-holiday weekend? Ready for some #MasterofCocktails action? This week we're going to make a super-summery drink, based on this baby - Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old.

If you're going to be joining in with this one, there's a quick step you're going to need to do a day in advance...

We're going to add a single heaped teaspoon of our raw cacao to the coconut water. It's important to do this 24 hours before you make your cocktail as water-extraction (which is what we want here) takes a lot longer than alcohol-based extraction.

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Master of Cocktails - Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

by Ben Ellefsen     18. May 2015 09:10

Master of Cocktails Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

Right then ladies and gents. Time for another #MasterofCocktails - this week we're making a cognac-sour/sidecar sort of affair. We're making it with Yuzu Juice. If you've not had it before it's sort of lemon/limey, but much more aromatic and potent. You can get it online using the power of googles.

There's a tiny bit of prep to do a couple hours before we make this one - we need to sugar-rim our glasses...

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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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Master of Cocktails - The Penultimate Paragraph

by Ben Ellefsen     11. May 2015 09:01

Master of Cocktails Penultimate Paragraph

Right then all - we all ready for a cocktail? Time for #MasterofCocktails...

Today's drink is a creation based around this bad boy. It's Bathtub Gin aged in an ex-Ardbeg cask. This batch is all sold out (I did tell you all to buy it...), but there's a new batch available from the second-fill. Why, here it is.

So - this week's #MasterofCocktails is going to be a variation on the Last Word cocktail. One of my all time favourites.

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