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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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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 10 - Santamanía

by Sam Smith     30. October 2015 16:24


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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2015 Whisky Advent Calendar - Now Available for Pre-Order!

by Jake Mountain     21. September 2015 09:25

Whisky Advent Calendar

Ah yes, it's that time of year once again when Drinks by the Dram reveal their selection of fantastic spirits-filled advent calendars!

The Entire Range is Now Available for Pre-Order here. (Estimated despatch late October.)

As well as all your favourites such as The Whisky Advent Calendar and Ginvent Calendar (from the dream team of Drinks by the Dram and Gin Foundry), which are both back for a fourth year, 2015 sees the range extended with a dedicated Bourbon Calendar plus Rum, Cognac, Armagnac, Tequila, Mezcal, Vodka, Absinthe and erm... Naga Chilli Vodka calendars (the latter getting hotter each day!)


Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 1 - East London Liquor Company

by Sam Smith     21. August 2015 16:30


I’m bad at geography. I’m not a proud man, I’ll own own up to my faults and I definitely suck at geography. Recently I told a good friend that there couldn’t be more than around 70 countries and even bought a map to prove it. Boy was my face red. So now I own a map for the first time in my life, and I figure I should use it to rectify my lack of geographical expertise. How, you ask? Drinks, obviously.

I plan to travel the world, like the great (fictional) Phileas Fogg before me. However, I will be doing so via the medium of delicious spirits and probably Wikipedia to find out a bit more about where said spirits come from. Join me as I set sail on my Around The World In 80 Drams voyage and marvel at how little I know about the planet I’ve called home for my entire life (I’m smart in other ways, honest!).


New Product: 1897 Quinine Gin - supporting Malaria No More UK

by Jake Mountain     20. August 2015 09:00

1897 Quinine Gin

Something really very special here. An innovative new London Dry Gin - launching today - which is not only delicious but will also help save lives. 1897 Quinine Gin is made with cinchona bark (the natural and traditional source of quinine) as well as fresh citrus peels cold distilled under vacuum to extract flavours that remain full of vitality and freshness. In the case of the cinchona bark this means ethereal and floral notes that contribute heavily to the overall flavour profile of the finished gin.

As well as being a truly stunning spirit, 1897 Quinine Gin supports a fantastic charity in Malaria No More UK. For every bottle sold, over half of the producer's profit (at least £5) will be donated. That's enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net for a family living at risk from malaria in Africa - protecting their children whilst they sleep.‪


Master of Cocktails - Flower Arranging With Mr. Gumby

by Ben Ellefsen     23. February 2015 09:09

Master of Cocktails Flower Arranging With Mr Gumby

Hi there folks. If you tuned into the @MasterOfMalt Twitter feed on Sunday night for another edition of #MasterofCocktails, you may have noticed it was a bit late. Sorry about that. Been doing a spot of flooring. My whole house smells like young Bourbon. I quite like it.

Right then. Onto today's cocktail. This'n's called 'Flower Arranging with Mr Gumby'. Reasons for the name will become apparent very soon.


Master of Cocktails - I am not a Negroni

by Ben Ellefsen     2. February 2015 09:13

Master of Cocktails I Am Not A Negroni

'sup cocktail fans. Ready for something a bit special for #MasterofCocktails this week? Of course you are. Just so we're clear though, we're not making a Negroni. That's even clarified in the cocktail's name - I am not a Negroni.

We're going to be making our drink with fully certified Batshit Mental, Negroni-aged Bathtub Gin. This is the superb Bathtub Gin, aged for 4 months in a 50 litre cask that previously held a batch of Negroni.


Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014: MIXLDN

by Jake Mountain     15. January 2015 16:00

Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014 MIXLDN

The Beefeater Global Bartender Competition (now the fourth biggest cocktail competition in the world, we're told) brought finalists from 30 separate countries together in London this week for 2014's grand final.

Last time around Jason Williams from Sydney's The Rook took the crown with the brilliantly named ‘Werewolves of London’*, a drink that used our Frankincense Bitters! (You can now find the new and improved version of these Frankincense Bitters as part of the Bitter Bastards range.) This year, after three days of intense judging, we can reveal that the Global Champion is Brandon Phillips from The Duck Inn in Chicago. Congratulations Brandon!


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...


WIN Christmas Crackers with our Cracker Pullin' Showdowns!

by Master of Malt     28. November 2014 13:00

Master of Malt #dramcrackers Cracker Pullin' Showdown

Now this here story I'm about to unfold is something you should all be listenin' to. And listenin' well. There's a reward, you see. A reward of Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker sets, full of award-winning spirits and liqueurs, ready to be claimed by those with a keen eye for spotting the roughest, toughest cracker-pullers in the festive west...

Think you can identify the ace-highs from the crowbait? Throughout the first weeks of December we'll be reliving the savage Cracker-Pullin' Tournament of 1871. We're giving away 10x sets of Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers per round, up to and including the grand Final, to folk who correctly guess the winner in each showdown!



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