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An interview with Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton

We speak to Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton about Redbreast, the latest Irish Distillers news including Jameson’s renovated Dublin home and the growing Irish whiskey scene.
Continuing from yesterday’s Spotlight on… Redbreast + WIN an incredible one-off Redbreast drawn straight from a single Sherry cask!, we had the chance to catch up Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton this week about all things Redbreast, recent developments at Midleton and in Dublin, their new brand Method And Madness and also the many burgeoning Irish whiskey distilleries. The interview was originally going to make up part of yesterday’s post but once we got Billy speaking passionately about single pot still Irish whiskey we knew this was going to be a post of its own. Are you sitting comfortably dear reader? Then let’s begin…

Categories : Irish Whiskey, News, Whisky
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Spotlight on… Redbreast + WIN an incredible one-off Redbreast drawn straight from a single Sherry cask!

Redbreast whiskey

‐ Single pot still Irish whiskey is made using malted as well as unmalted barley (and up to 5% other unmalted cereals)
‐ The world’s best-selling single pot still Irish whiskey, the award-winning, rich and creamy Redbreast 12 Year Old is available for reduced price of £35.99 until St. Patrick’s Day!
‐ WIN two 70cl sample bottles of 16yo Redbreast drawn from a single Sherry cask selected by Master Blender Billy Leighton!

With St. Patrick’s Day (17th March) just around the corner, we’re looking at Redbreast Irish whiskey from the truly excellent Midleton distillery in Cork. To mark the occasion we’re also reducing the price of delicious Redbreast 12 Year Old to £35.99 (down from £40) until the big day, which means there’s literally no reason not to buy a bottle immediately! It’s the best-selling single pot still Irish whiskey in the world and an absolute award magnet that’s adored by critics, but there’s more… Everyone who buys a bottle of Redbreast 12 Year Old from now until the end of St. Patrick’s Day will be automagically entered into our draw to win 2x totally exclusive bottles (as in ‘2 of 2′) of 16 year old Redbreast drawn from a single Sherry cask selected by Irish Distillers’ affable Master Blender Billy Leighton! More…

Categories : Competitions, Irish Whiskey, Whisky
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Method + Madness = A Whole New Range of Irish Whiskeys!

The marvellous minds at Midleton have unveiled a new series of Irish whiskey which “…aims to harness the creativity of Midleton’s whiskey masters through the fresh talent of its apprentices.”
They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Irish whiskey legends Midleton clearly do not subscribe to that train of thought if their freshly announced series of bottlings is anything to go by. The Method and Madness range is about giving in to the curiosity and experimental nature of whiskey production, with a careful mind to the history of expertise that can be found at the Midleton distillery.


Categories : Irish Whiskey, News, Whisky
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Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin – Available Now!

Get your hands on the Kyoto Distillery’s very first release!
Cast your mind back to 2015 (watch your step consciousness-travelling through the ‘Lego-bricks-on-the-floor-bare-foot-obstacle-course’ known as 2016) and you may just remember us getting more than a little bit excited when David Croll and Marcin Miller founded the Number One Drinks Company Japan and announced their plans for the Kyoto Distillery. With an aim to make gins in Kyoto focused on Japanese botanicals, our excitement was understandable. Well, fast forward to today and you can now get your grubby mitts on a bottle of their first release – Ki No Bi Gin!


Categories : Gin, News
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The Launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company

Behold the launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company! Expect bundles of small batch gins from some of the most fantastic brands and distillers around!
People have been independently bottling whisky for many moons, but independently bottling gin is another story altogether – and a short one at that. People don’t independently bottle gin. The end.
Or is it? No. No it’s not. The story continues with the theatrically dramatic entrance of That Boutique-y Gin Company, the world’s first independent gin bottler!


Categories : Gin, News, Tasting Notes
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Head of Marketing Wanted + Win a £100 MoM Voucher

An incredible opportunity to join team MoM, and to shape and deliver the marketing effort for the whole of Atom Group, as the Head of Marketing.
You’ll know all about Master of Malt, as an avid reader of this blog, but you might not know much about Atom Group. Atom Group (also known as Atom Supplies, as we clumsily transition to a new name) is the name of our parent group.


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Become a Judge in the Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 2!

Whisky Mag Battle of the Blends

It’s time once again for a victor to be crowned in Whisky Magazine’s epic Battle of the Blends and you can be one of the judges! Simply pop a 1p(!) Judging Set into your Master of Malt order now.
Those of you who read Whisky Magazine will already be up to speed with their exciting second Battle of the Blends, and many of you will of course remember last year’s heavyweight bout. For those of you who haven’t followed its progress, we’re currently in the midst of another heroic blending tussle, this time between the reigning champion Neil ‘General Mashtun’ Ridley and George ‘Aegir’ Keeble to produce the perfect blended whisky and claim all glory!
Their whiskies have now been lovingly constructed and once again we’ve been working alongside Whisky Mag to find a winner in this fantastic contest. This means that there’s a chance for you to join the illustrious judging panel!


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2016 in Review

Master of Malt 2016

A look back at another extraordinary year here at Master of Malt including the heroics involved in moving of our entire fulfilment and warehousing operation over one weekend…
As we usually do around this time of year (when one of us remembers that it’s a thing) we’re going to indulge ourselves in a retrospective of the previous 12 months and reflect on some of the more noteworthy happenings in the world of MoM. Hopefully it’ll act as a tonic for the alternative retrospectives of 2016 which are full of the passing of incredibly talented artists, maniacs coming dangerously close to or actually being waved into power in various corners of the globe, and political and economic uncertainty.


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Spotlight on… Connoisseurs Choice + Win a Bottle of Glen Grant 1952

Launched in the mid-1960s, Connoisseurs Choice is one of the world’s most comprehensive and fascinating ranges of independently bottled Scotch whisky on the market. The oldest vintage in the current selection dates all the back to 1938, and the whiskies come in all ages, from 5 to 75 years old! Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at this phenomenal range, as well as try a few delicious expressions. In fact, we’re even giving away a very special sherry-matured 1952 Glen Grant from the same bottler, worth £2,120. First, however, a little history…

Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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A Farewell from Master of Malt’s #WhiskySanta 2016

We hope you enjoyed #WhiskySanta’s biggest ever festive giveaway by far! The only thing left to say is…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!
This is the third year in which I’ve been spreading the festive cheer with Master of Malt and every time we do it it’s been much bigger and better. This year it was simply incredible with over £100,000 worth of gifts given away!
I gave out thousands of extra treats and even entirely free orders at the Master of Malt checkout as well as granting Christmas wishes on social media every day including the truly amazing £3,300 Macallan M Super Wish and the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 3cl bonus super wishes! Well over 40,000 wishes were made overall, with #WhiskySanta popping up on twitter timelines alone an extraordinary 35 million times! You can see a full list of the wishes I granted over on my original post and a selection of pics of your Christmas wishes coming true below…


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