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The Hebridean Whisky Trail is here!

If you’re a fan of island single malts, there’s a new Scotch whisky trip to add to your bucket list. Taking in Torabhaig, Isle of Raasay, Talisker and Isle of Harris, the Hebridean Whisky Trail launches on 15 August – just in time for your summer holiday!

A collaboration between the four distilleries and CalMac Ferries, the Hebridean Whisky Trail will see guests take in the four distilleries across three islands (Torabhaig and Talisker are both on the Isle of Skye).

Tours need to be booked directly at each distillery, but the handy Hopscotch ticket from CalMac lets you zip about on all its routes for 31 days, getting between islands easily and breezily. Just want the set routes? You can book individual ferry passes for foot passengers or vehicles, too!
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Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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The past, present and future of Scotch whisky… with Charles MacLean

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society did one better than birthday drinks when it turned 35 this year: it tasked all-round legend type Charles MacLean to assemble a selection of 21 exceptional single cask bottlings. Here, the charismatic whisky expert takes stock of Scotch…

A lot has changed in the 35 years since The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) was founded. Just ask Charles MacLean. A longtime supporter of the Society, he joined the members’ club in the early 1980s, and became a chair of the tasting panel in 1992.

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Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 20 July

New distilleries on the horizon, new head bartenders at the ready and new record-breaking gins ahoy – The Nightcap keeps you stocked up on the newest in new this week.

It’s been a week since the last Nightcap update, which can only mean one thing… Well, honestly, it could mean a lot of things. However, only one of those things is important for this compulsory blog preamble – it’s time for another edition of The Nightcap.

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Categories : Gin, Rum, Whisky
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Whisky is Coming!

Diageo and HBO have announced The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection, with more details to come over the coming months.

It’s all a bit mysterious at the moment – like that bit in seasons five and six where Arya Stark spent what seemed like centuries in the Hall of Faces – but Diageo has released a short film on social media announcing a Game of Thrones single malt collection. It will feature eight whiskies: Lagavulin, Oban, Singleton, Talisker, Cardhu, Royal Lochnagar, Dalwhinnie and Clynelish.

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Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Ten awesome Agricole rums you need in your life

We’re more than halfway through Rum Month, people! It’s time we showed a little bit of love to the category’s hipster alias, Rhum Agricole. We’ve picked out ten top-notch bottlings to acquaint you – single-speed bikes and tiny dogs remain optional.

You could consider Rhum Agricole as the mezcal of the Tequila world, or the rye of American whiskey. Much like mezcal and rye, it’s rooted in history and tradition, considered ‘challenging’ to the uninitiated palate, and cherished by die-hard category fans and trendsetting millennials alike.

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All aboard! We join Starward to taste its ocean-aged whisky

What happens to whisky when it’s aged not in a warehouse but on the front of an enormous cruise liner as it sails around the world? We join Starward founder David Vitale for the first taste of an expression that has undergone just that…

It’s not every day that you’re invited on board the MS Queen Elizabeth, a 294-metre long ocean liner in the Cunard fleet. Sadly we were at Southampton Docks with a lovely view of Ikea instead of heading off on a cruise around the Caribbean. And it was drizzling. But we weren’t there for the views or the weather; we were there to try some whisky – and Starward whisky at that!
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Categories : World Whisky
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Talking trends: What we’ll be drinking in 2019 and beyond

Last week, we joined William Grant & Sons UK to future gaze as the Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Reyka and Sailor Jerry-owner unpacked its 2018 Market Report. What will we be drinking over the next 18 months and why? The trends brainiacs behind the scenes reckon they have the answer…

We’d all love to see into the future. Honestly, who among us would pass up the chance to gaze into a crystal ball in the search for answers: what are next week’s lottery numbers? How long until there are flying cars? When will the ‘gin bubble’ burst?

The UK drinks industry would certainly love the chance. With rampant technological advances, a difficult geo-political climate and economic uncertainty, the pace of change has never felt quite as fast as it does today. Keeping up is tough, never mind being one step ahead.
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Categories : News, Scotch Whisky, Vermouth, Vodka, Whisky
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Martell opens fancy rooftop bar in Cognac

Martell

Where better to enjoy a glass of Cognac than in actual Cognac? Well, Martell has upped the ante – and opened a smart rooftop bar not only in Cognac but at the top of the Gâtebourse Tower with panoramic views of the city and the Charente River. We’re revising our summer travel plans with haste…

If Cognac is your tipple of choice, you’ll be particularly excited by this development in the city that gives the spirit its name. Indigo by Martell is the newest rooftop bar in town – and we’ve already added it to our watering hole bucket list. It only kicked off proceedings last week!
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Time for a sustainable spirits revolution? Discarded Sweet Cascada Vermouth says yes…

When the worlds of coffee and booze pool their resources, incredible things happen. Discarded Sweet Cascada Vermouth, infused with the fruit of the coffee berry, is the latest innovation in sustainable spirits. Here’s what you need to know…

Hands up if you’re on first-name terms with your local barista? You’re not alone. A whopping 2.25 billion cups of this glorious black nectar are consumed across the globe every single day, fuelling workouts, business meetings and catch-ups with friends.

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The Nightcap: 13 July

Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but not if you follow the world of booze! It’s been an action-packed week, and we have the glorious highlights right here, right now. It’s The Nightcap!

Happy Friday, folks! The weekend is here and it’s time to celebrate with something tasty. Perhaps a delish and straightforward dram. Or, as Beam Suntory was highlighting when we stopped by this week, a Highball in all its glory. Or a G&T, Daiquiri, Margarita… the possibilities are endless. And now we’re distracted.

So. The tumultuous week that was. England tumbled out of the World Cup (at the semi-final stage so we’re still pretty proud here at MoM Towers), Brexit was back in the headlines (did it ever leave?!), and the astonishing Thai Cave rescue came to a successful close (huge respect to the rescue team, and of course we remember Saman Kunan, the brave diver who tragically died while saving others).
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Categories : American Whiskey, Beer, Cocktails, Gin, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky, Wine, World Whisky
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