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Finally, the Game of Thrones and Johnnie Walker whisky is on its way

Whisky is coming! After much teasing by Diageo, it has finally been revealed what the new White Walker whisky will be and when it will appear.

As you can imagine, those in the intersection where Game of Thrones and whisky fans meet are quite excited. Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing & Retail at HBO, said, “We knew there was fan appetite for a Game of Thrones whisky and once we saw the vision from Johnnie Walker for a way to collaborate we knew the idea was perfect and the time was now. From the beginning, they understood that we wanted to create something special, and they’ve accomplished that with White Walker by Johnnie Walker. We’re confident fans will enjoy sipping this delicious whisky as they wait for season eight and beyond.”

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Master of Malt Dram Club – October 2018

We’ve made it to October! That means it’s time for yet another month of Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets to appear out of thin air, just like haunting apparitions (except tasty)…

MoM Towers is usually a cheerful, vibrant place to occupy. However, once the calendar flips over to the October page, things become… A little spooky. The essence of Halloween takes over MoM Towers, imbuing its contents and inhabitants with eerie qualities. Haunting energy takes hold, fear begins to build, until, when we least expect it… Boo! Brand new Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets sneak up behind you like a ghost of a werewolf! Let’s investigate what treats are in store – fingers crossed for no tricks!

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Six Futurist cocktail recipes for the experimental home bartender

The Italian Futurist movement laid the foundations of what became the pioneering cocktail industry we know and love today – and yet very little is known about its provocative, theatrical and intentionally bizarre polibibite, or ‘multi drinks’. Here, aperitif and sparkling wine producer Cocchi reveals six Futurist cocktail recipes for the avant-garde home bartender…

From 1909 to 1944, Futurists used art, performance, architecture, fashion, film, literature and gastronomy to declare their manifesto. The movement sought to reject traditional Italian culture and embrace the dynamic, modern world through all social, political and artistic means possible. Pasta was out; Diabolical Roses (deep-fried red rose heads in full bloom) were in.

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The Nightcap: 28 September

The working week is coming to a close, as is September as a whole, which means it’s right about time for another edition of The Nightcap!

Friday has rolled around once again, bringing the weekend into view! If you’ve finished up your work week and are preparing for a Saturday filled with plans and the like, do so with a brain full of knowledge about the world of drinks, harvested from a brand-spanking-new volume of The Nightcap.

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Our survival guide to whisky shows

The Whisky Show is back for a third year at London’s Old Billingsgate Market from the 29th to the 30th September. To get you in the mood, here is our survivor’s guide to whisky shows, including what to wear, what to drink and how to sound like you know what you’re talking about.

With dozens of exhibitors, hundreds of whiskies and thousands of people, whisky shows can be overwhelming experiences. It’s very easy to wander around in a daze going: “arrggghhhhhhhh! Too. Much. Choice.” Before you know it you might need a lie down without having scratched the surface of what’s on offer. To avoid whisky overload, simply follow our handy survival guide and literally nothing can go wrong. Literally. Nothing.

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Another shiny eCommerce Awards trophy for Master of Malt!

We headed up to London last night for the 2018 eCommerce Awards, and came back with the Best Food & Drink eCommerce trophy in our mitts!

For the third year in a row, we’ve donned our finest, most snappiest garb and headed for the annual eCommerce Awards in London, once again taking place at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. The evening was hosted by actual wizard Ben Hanlin, so we thought we’d be lucky to escape without being turned into (finely-dressed) frogs. However, we did make it out without being transmogrified, and we made it out with a bloomin’ trophy in our hands – the Best Food & Drink eCommerce trophy to be exact!

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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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