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#WhiskySanta’s Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar Super Wish!

This week #WhiskySanta’s giving away an Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar Super Wish to one lucky wisher!

Season’s greetings, fans of all things Christmas and tasty drinks! As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m back to give away over £250,000-worth of the finest booze-based gifts to Master of Malt customers and those placing wishes on social for anything available on Master of Malt! I’ll keep doing so right up to Christmas! A whole bunch of fortunate folks have already got their hands on some spirited treats, and there’s much, much more where that came from!

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The Nightcap: 2 November

The Nightcap is back once again to circulate the latest in booze news. This week we look at the Whisky Illuminati, how the Budget affects the drinks industry, and an actual whisky vending machine!

We have arrived in November, though we’re still cleaning up surplus jack-o’-lanterns and discarded fake vampire teeth (at least we hope they’re fake). As you prepare for a weekend of stockpiling woolly gloves and bobble hats for the coming frost, fill your head with the news of the booze with another edition of The Nightcap!

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Drinks by the Dram’s boozy baubles are [almost] here!

We love Drinks by the Dram’s Advent calendars and reckon the crackers are right cracking, too. Now the folks behind the delicious festiveness have only gone and made Christmas trees even more Christmassy with mega marvellous baubles filled with whisky and gin!

We like Christmas trees here at MoM Towers. A real one brings the aroma of the outside indoors, and artificial ones give us Christmas vibes year after year, with as much tenacity as Mariah Carey at the festive karaoke. But the decorations… we reckon they could be… well… tastier. Tinsel really just doesn’t cut it.

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#WhiskySanta is back with over £250,000-worth of treats to give away!

Like a boomerang made out of tinsel and tangible joy, #WhiskySanta has made his grand return, and he’s ready to gift over £250,000-worth of lip-smacking spirits in Master of Malt orders and on social media!

The calendar thing on my mobile telephone/camera/mince pie tracker alerted me to the fact that it’s about time my holibobs came to an end and that I should get off my supernatural, omniscient, festive, heavily-bearded behind. It’s not my behind that’s bearded, obviously. It’s just attached to my body, which is attached to my face, which… Y’know what, never mind. #WhiskySanta is back at MoM Towers and ready to give away hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of whisky, gin and more to Master of Malt’s wonderful customers once again!

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Master of Malt Dram Club – November 2018

Let’s take a little gander at the penultimate Master of Malt Dram Club tasting sets of 2018! What will Dram Club members be enjoying this November…?

Yes, it really is November. Halloween is over – all the ghosts, zombies and Frankenstein’s monsters have gone back to their crypt to recharge their batteries for another year. This lack of haunting entities obviously means there’s room in your heart for all sorts of Christmas-y gubbins! Listen closely and you might even hear the footsteps of our favourite supernatural, omniscient, festive, heavily-bearded being… Almost like he’s right around the corner…

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Diageo’s UK Bartender Of The Year talks future cocktail trends…

As we collectively hurtle towards 2019, our minds can’t help but wonder what the coming year has in store. We need not wonder. Diageo, one of the world’s largest distillers, has enlisted Jack Sotti, UK Senior Ambassador for World Class and Tanqueray Gin, and competitor Daniel Warren, to report the trends from the cocktail competition’s global finals. Here’s what they had to say…

You might’ve heard of World Class, one of the world’s biggest cocktail competitions. As Sotti explains during a talk at London’s Black Rock bar, the final offers a snapshot of the biggest trends in the global drinking scene. “The UK, one of the biggest cocktail hubs in the world, often leads those trends,” he adds.

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Brilliant boozes for Bonfire Night!

Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the Fifth of November fondly this year with these cracking tipples…

Bonfire Night, or as those who own cats and dogs presumably call it, National Scare the Crap out of My Pet(s) Day, has come around again. This is great news because Bonfire Night is brilliant. Countless fireworks lighting up the sky. Heaps of amazing autumnal food. Plus there are the actual bonfires, carrying that fantastic scent and welcome heat through the crisp night air.

For some people, it’s all about the festival atmosphere at parties and displays. For others, it’s all about wrapping up warm and snug at home, enjoying the spectacle from afar. Ultimately, we’re all going to take advantage of another perfectly good excuse to indulge in some spectacular seasonal spirits. Right?

For those nodding enthusiastically in agreement, we’ve decided to round up some of the best Bonfire Night boozes and fireside beverages, each with an appropriately smouldering serve. Enjoy!

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Building Brand Wales at Aber Falls Distillery!

We took a trip to Aber Falls to discover North Wales’ first whisky distillery in over 100 years – and found incredible landscapes, a deep-rooted passion for the region, and an abundance of delicious gins along the way, too!

“Look at Japan, what they’ve done. Welsh whisky could really come forward with a bit of a similar model to those guys,” James Wright, Aber Falls managing director, is not lacking in ambition. It’s a bold claim, especially when you consider the international following that Japanese whisky has. Such is the demand that age statements are now a rare and very expensive thing. Could Welsh whisky ever really reach such heights?
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10 of the scariest cocktails to drink in bars on Halloween

Get in the spirit (geddit??) of Halloween with some special spooky cocktails. We round up the scariest, the most outlandish, and the downright weirdest drinks available this week.

Before fancy American pumpkins arrived on these shores, children carved turnips to create jack o’ lanterns. Yes really. It was back in the days when there only three channels on television and bobbies on bicycles would give children a friendly box round the ear for being cheeky. In remembrance of those more innocent times, Be At One Bar in Manchester is offering a free ghoulish cocktail to anyone who brings in a carved turnip in the run up to Halloween. They’re not the only ones doing exciting alcoholic stuff for the scariest night of the year; nowadays there’s more to Halloween drinking than overboiled mulled wine. And too bloody right! Why should the children get all the delicious stuff? So here’s a round-up of the best ghoulish cocktails around. All of them taste better while dressed as Frankenstein’s monster. That’s science.

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Martell, the world’s oldest Cognac house, takes tradition in its stride

It may be one the oldest of the great Cognac houses, but Martell isn’t scared of a little innovation. Quite the opposite: fearlessness is the backbone of its philosophy. MoM headed to its Cognac HQ for a dig around the founder’s historic home…

Even by spirits industry standards, Martell is super old. Not wartime old, nor Prohibition old. We’re talking about centuries of Cognac heritage. In fact, if you were to lay the historic documents and letters in Martell’s vast archive end-to-end, they would stretch for five kilometers. The company employs a full time archivist to look after them all.

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