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Yamazaki Lottery & Auction Roundup raising over £2,800 for Malaria No More UK!

by Master of Malt     21. March 2016 16:00

Allocations Yamazaki

Now that the action is over, it's time to let you know how it all went...

To recap, our allocation of Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 was 6 bottles, so we decided to have 4 bottles turned into Drinks by the Dram 3cl samples (drams) with a lottery that would give 90 people the chance to taste it, 1 bottle available through another lottery (with a nice message scribbled on the back to encourage the winner to crack it open), and 1 final unadulterated bottle was auctioned (with everything over the RRP of £200 going to charity). Much more on the 'Why?' can be found in the previous Yamazaki Sherry Cask post: Allocations, limited releases, bastards, speculators and gobshites.

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World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners

by Master of Malt     18. March 2016 10:35

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2016

Yesterday saw the World's Best whiskies and spirits crowned at the World Drinks Awards, including the World Whiskies Awards.

Before we get into the results though, some good news! Drinks by the Dram have once again teamed up with the World Drinks Awards to create an easy way to taste a whole bunch of these award winners! Head over to our World Drinks Awards 2016 page to browse their selection of 8 different World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners Tasting Sets.

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Master of Malt named Global Online Retailer of the Year 2016!

by Master of Malt     18. March 2016 10:30

Icons of Whisky Online Retailer

The results of Whisky Magazine's Global Icons of Whisky were revealed last night, and we're absolutely thrilled to announce that following our Rest of the World win, we've now been named Global Online Retailer of the Year 2016!

For our purpose-built website, that we've coded from the ground up and worked hard to continuously improve (there's always more to do - #goodenoughisnt), to have been recognised as the very best online retailer for whisky by the knowledgeable folk at Whisky Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2016 is a simply incredible achievement that really does make us burst with pride.

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In the Beginning, There was Beer...

by Jake Mountain     2. March 2016 11:00

Ancient Egyptian Beer

We do beer now, as you'll no doubt know by now. That means we'll be writing about the delicious stuff here on the blog as well as all the new and exciting pages on the site. Where to start though? Well, how about at the very beginning? That's usually the best place.

My compulsion to start thousands of years ago may have something to do with my degree in Ancient History & Archaeology. It's not something I get to use daily as part of my employment in drinks retail*, but today's different. To trace the history of beer from the start you have to go right back into the ancient world, to the very birth of civilisation in fact...

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Allocations, limited releases, bastards, speculators and gobshites

by Master of Malt     18. February 2016 14:30

Allocations Yamazaki

Right.

We last talked about this when we knackered up the release of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection back in November, but, well, there have been quite a lot of comments on the product page we've set up for the Yamazaki Sherry Cask Release (we don’t censor these, remember).

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The Return of Johnnie Walker Green Label!

by Jake Mountain     17. February 2016 13:30

Johnnie Walker Green Label

We're delighted to announce that Green Label has returned to the UK and reclaimed its place in the Johnnie Walker range!

First introduced in 2005, in 2012 it was announced that the 15 year old blended malt was to be discontinued, to the disappointment of its many fans (although it was never actually removed from all markets worldwide). In 2015 it was reintroduced in North America on a temporary basis to mark its tenth anniversary, but its long term future still hung in the balance.

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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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