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Piedmont part three: The wine behind Italy’s famous Barolo Chinato

What happens when you combine one of the world’s most sought-after red wines with the dry bitterness of a gin and tonic? The answer: Barolo Chinato. Annie Hayes headed to Piedmont in northern Italy – the home of aperitif and sparkling wine producer Cocchi – to find out more…

Unless you’re a bartender, Italian, or really like wine, you might not be familiar with Barolo Chinato: a quinine-forward aromatised wine made from the nebbiolo grape. But if you’re keen on an after-dinner tipple, or (like me) have a penchant for bitter-sweet tinctures, you might well be missing a trick.

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The most expensive Cognac bottlings at this year’s La Part des Anges auction

This year’s La Part des Anges Cognac auction raised a record-breaking €291,500 for charity. A phenomenal amount, you’ll agree. But what, exactly, did buyers splash their cash on? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most expensive bottles – along with a few hypothetical ‘alternatives’ for those who missed out…

A total of 22 bottlings from houses large and small went under the hammer at this year’s La Part des Anges charity auction – hosted, as ever, by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) – along with a ‘digital art’ lot composed of the evening’s social media happenings.

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36 New Master of Malt Single Cask Series Bottlings!

Hear ye hear ye! We have a brand new selection of Master of Malt Single Cask Series Bottlings, so flock to MoM Towers my fellow whisky-lovers – you don’t want to miss out on this lot…

Our Single Cask Series is bigger than ever, with a whopping 36 new whiskies for our Single Cask Series!

Who wouldn’t want to savour the joy of a single cask whisky? The following editions have spent years maturing in a specific cask and now each idiosyncrasy is ready for you to interpret and enjoy. Each and every bottling here is truly unique. Once that cask is emptied, there is no more, people!

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The Nightcap: 21 September

Michelin-starred team-ups, new bourbon distilleries and Conor McGregor’s whiskey steps into the ring. It’s all go in The Nightcap this week!

You’ve made it to Friday, folks! Give yourself a pat on the back, a self-high-five and pick out something delicious to sip on as you peruse the booze news of the week in another edition of The Nightcap. If you’ve got some sort of fancy hat, we might even suggest wearing that as you do all of these things to truly make it a special occasion.

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The debatable details and directions of gin

With news just in from the WSTA that the gin boom is showing no sign of abating, we have a look at some potential problems in the category and find out what the industry is planning to do about it.

A forthcoming report from the WSTA (Wine and Spirit Trade Association) outlines how the gin craze is crazier than ever. British gin sales (domestic and export) broke £2 billion this year, doubling in value in five years, and sales are up 38% on last year. Time to crack open the gin and celebrate responsibly? Not so fast! There are clouds on the horizon. Firstly, in his next budget, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is planning a rise in duty on spirits of 3.4% in line with inflation. Booo! The second problem is more existential – it’s a debate as to the very nature of gin itself. So it’s time to put on our thinking berets and ask, what is gin?

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Behind the scenes at London’s new Ziggy Stardust-inspired bar

In 1973, David Bowie toasted the retirement of his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, with a star-studded bash dubbed ‘The Last Supper’ at Hotel Café Royal. Now, 25 years on, the historic London venue has immortalised the influential artist by opening a bar in his honour, called – what else? – Ziggy’s. MoM pinned down the hotel’s bars and beverages manager Fabio Spinetti for the inside scoop before the doors fling open for the first time this week…

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Hotel Café Royal on the night of July 3, 1973. Just hours before, ‘Ziggy played guitar’ for the final time at a sold-out concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theatre. The Soho venue, a natural choice for Bowie’s bash, was packed to the rafters with famous faces.

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Why rum is for life, not just International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Yes, we all know the pirate tropes. And it is fun to talk like one. But rum is far more than comedy lingo and skull and cross bones. Here’s why the drink should be on your ‘serious’ imbibing list…

We’ve been chatting like pirates all day here at MoM Towers. And for a good cause. Not just for lolz (although it has been entertaining), but because we come to you with a very important message, and we needed to grab your attention. Here goes: rum is more than just a silly pirate stereotype.

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Avast! Treasure ahoy for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Yarr, ahoy an’ yo ho ho! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so we gots a treasure chest full o’ treats to be showing off! Smartly read on, ya swashbucklers!

If ye be noticin’ folk runnin’ around, hollering “Yarr!” at the top o’ their voice this morn’, ye best greet them with a rousin’ “Yarr!” of yer own, for it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! But avast – what does this have to do with boozes? Well, landlubbers, we gots a trove of tangentially-pirate-themed treasure for ye to gaze at through yer spyglass!

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Win a VIP trip to Speyside with Copper Dog!

  • WIN a magnificent trip to Speyside, including two nights at the famous home of Copper Dog – The Craigellachie Hotel!
  • The winner will also receive a tour of a Speyside distillery, a bottle of Copper Dog signed by master blender Stuart Morrison and an engraved copper dog dipper!
  • Everyone’s a winner – enjoy £4 off Copper Dog until 2nd October!
  • If you’re a particularly lucky dog, you could be in for a very special jaunt up to Speyside for a two nights stay in The Craigellachie Hotel! We’ve teamed up with the folks from Copper Dog to send the winner and their plus one on a VIP trip to this spectacular hotel, including dinner and drinks at the Copper Dog pub both nights and a tour of a local Speyside distillery. The winner will also receive a bottle of Copper Dog signed by Diageo master blender Stuart Morrison, along with their own engraved copper dog dipper! (For the nitty gritty details, see the competition terms below.)

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    Craft Distilling Expo 2018: The epicentre of the craft distilling world

    If you want to know what you’ll be drinking in the future, head over to the Old Truman Brewery for the sixth annual Craft Distilling Expo on 26th and 27th September. We give you the run-down on this essential event for distillers, buyers or just mad keen spirits lovers.

    Fancy taking your spirits geekiness to the next level? Then Craft Distilling Expo is for you. It’s where the world of small and small-ish scale distilling meets to learn, shop and (most importantly) to sample some delicious drinks.

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