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Master of Cocktails - Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     5. January 2015 09:57

Master of Cocktails Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour

Right then ladies and gents. Trust everyone's recovered sufficiently after NYE? Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. This week we're making a super-delicious Whiskey-Sour Variant recipe, which I have simply dubbed the Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour. We'll be using the St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur for this one. It really is god's own stuff, made using Pear Brandy, Pear Juice, and spices. Top, top marks St George Spirits.

I'm pairing (pearing? Sorry. Sorry) it with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon for its perfume. I think this works well with the spice.

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Master of Cocktails - Breakfast Martini

by Ben Ellefsen     29. December 2014 10:43

Master of Cocktails Breakfast Martini

Right then cocktail fans. Trust we all had a cracking Christmas? Ready for a drink? Course you are...

For this week's #MasterofCocktails (the last of 2014, I might add), we're making what's become something of a modern classic courtesy of Salvatore Calabrese (@CocktailMaestro). We are, of course, making a Breakfast Martini recipe.

Buttered toast at the ready...

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Free Shipping on Mr Lyan Cocktails for New Year's Eve!

by Sam Smith     27. December 2014 09:00

Mr Lyan New Year's Eve Master of Malt

Picture the scene - you're hosting a New Year's Eve party for your friends and want to serve them something delicious to drink, something more original than the New Year's Eve classic known as 'all the Champagne'. The obvious answer here is, of course, cocktails. But you don't want to spend your whole evening mixing drinks, missing out on all the frivolities or, worse still, the countdown to the New Year! The solution? Get a world-famous bartender to do literally all of the work for you!

This is, in fact, entirely possible because the spectacular range of Mr. Lyan pre-bottled cocktails exists! Much like the drinks served in Ryan Chetiyawardana's White Lyan (crowned Best New International Cocktail Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2014), these little rascals are ready to serve straight from your fridge, letting you ring in the new year in effortless style. Tasty, tasty style.

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A Goodbye From Master of Malt’s #WhiskySanta

by Whisky Santa     25. December 2014 00:00

Master of Malt #WhiskySanta

Merry Christmas!

What a festive season it's been already! It's been my absolute pleasure to grant 56 wishes (one every day since 30th October), and that's not all! There have been plenty of other Christmas pressies, giveaways and special offers - a word on those Ask #WhiskySanta wishes first though... I received over 13,000 wishes in total and a big thank you to all of you for spreading the good word (#WhiskySanta was delivered to twitter timelines over 9.1 million times during the period!).

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Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 24: The Lost Distilleries Blend

by Whisky Santa     24. December 2014 00:00

The Lost Distilleries Blend

For those of you not blessed with omniscience or immortality, window 24 of Whisky Advent Calendar offers an exciting opportunity to taste some historic whiskies. And if you do happen to be omnipotent or immortal? Well it's still an opportunity to taste some jolly delicious whisky!

The Lost Distilleries Blend was named World's Best Blended Whisky 2014 at Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards and does exactly what it says on the tin (or at least the bottle and handsome box). It's made up solely with whiskies from sadly now closed distilleries, many of whom have become legendary, with batch six containing malt from Port Ellen, Mosstowie, Caperdonich, Glenisla, Imperial, Glen Mhor and Brora, alongside grain from Port Dundas.

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Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 23: The Macallan Amber

by Whisky Santa     23. December 2014 00:00

The Macallan Amber 1824

The number 23. No, not the 2007 Jim Carey movie that currently has a rating of 8% on Rotten Tomatoes (that'll learn him for playing The Grinch), nor the shirt number favoured by sportsballm'n Michael Jordan and Sir. David of Beckhenham. No, today the number 23 is all about the window we're opening on our Whisky Advent Calendars!

And behind that window you'll discover... The Macallan Amber! It's the second single malt in this Speyside distillery's 1824 Series of ex-Sherry cask matured non age statement whiskies. Each release in the range is named after its colour, the others being Gold, Sienna and Ruby. You may be thinking that Gold sounds more festive, but the dram in your hand is actually worth more than its weight in Gold. Ho ho oro!

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Master of Cocktails - The Marronhattan

by Ben Ellefsen     22. December 2014 10:39

Master of Cocktails Marronhattan

Greetings all - time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. I'm very much aware that this one's sort of like the Christmas Number one, so we've got a really good one for you. It's a manhattan variant made with an *amazing* Single-Barrel Bourbon (props to Maverick Drinks' Michael Vachon on the cask selection), and Creme de Chataigne liqueur (Chestnut liqueur).

The name, you ask? Why, it's a Marronhattan, of course.

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Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 22: Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt

by Whisky Santa     22. December 2014 00:00

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt The Journey

Antarctica? Pah. They have land beneath their ice and snow, that's cheating. And all those penguins that a certain retailer seems to think have something to do with Christmas!? No, no, no. The Arctic, that's the place for me. Polar bears, reindeer, narwhals and Father Pugmas. North side massive.

In fact, it wasn't until Ranulph Fiennes popped by for tea a few years back that I gave much thought to the likes of Ernest Shackleton, who always seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with the wrong pole for my liking. Chose a great whisky for his men back in 1907 though did ol' Ernest, so I was delighted when Richard Paterson recreated it (twice) over one hundred years later! The Journey blended malt contains rare Glen Mhor (1980) and heavily-peated Dalmore(!) as well as whiskies from Glenfarclas, Mannochmore, Tamnavulin, Ben Nevis, Aultmore, Fettercairn, Pulteney and Jura.

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Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 21: Mortlach Rare Old

by Whisky Santa     21. December 2014 00:00

Mortlach Rare Old

Time for us all to open the 21st window of our Whisky Advent Calendars! And inside it's... a new look single malt Scotch whisky from Dufftown in Speyside. A whole new expression from Mortlach to be precise, a distillery that was founded back in the 1820s and you may know best from their 16yo 'Flora & Fauna' release featuring a Goldeneye duck. (James Pond, anyone?)

With past distillery releases few and far between, Mortlach (or 'duck massacre') now has its own shiny new core range! Time to jump in with Rare Old, which has a greater bourbon cask influence than you may expect alongside the more familiar Sherried spirit.

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Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 20: Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps

by Whisky Santa     20. December 2014 00:00

The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps

Day 20! There's really not long left before Christmas, is there? Hopefully you've been enjoying your Whisky Advent Calendars day by day and are ready for another lovely single grain Scotch whisky!

Today it's the turn of The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps from William Grant & Sons. I've got quite a sweet tooth, and as such quite enjoy this dram. It's not quite as sweet as a Penguin (biscuit) or a Snowball (cake???), which I do quite enjoy finding left out for me on Christmas Eve, but I think I'd rather a glass of this. And there's never been a better time to buy (or win) one than today...

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