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Splice the mainbrace! A brief history of Navy Strength gin

You’ve seen it on shelves, you’ve sipped it in cocktails, but what exactly is Navy Strength gin? Here Jake Burger, co-founder of London’s Portobello Road Gin and renowned gin historian, delves into the storied past of the maritime tot. Anchors away!

Last week, the folks at Portobello Road Gin officially inducted their Navy Strength expression into the fold with a nautical bash at their beloved gin-theme-park-disguised-as-a-hotel, The Ginstitute.

The new edition follows the classic Portobello Road Gin recipe – English wheat distillate redistilled with nine botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica, orris, liquorice, orange peel, lemon peel, cassia bark and nutmeg – with the addition of English sea salt, which is added during dilution.


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Master of Malt Dram Club – September 2018

Say hello to September and the selection of scrumptious Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets members will be receiving this month!

Whether you see September as a last chance to do summer-y things (with an extra sweatshirt on deck) or as the official start of the true greatest month (autumn), we can all agree that it’s about time for a new month of Master of Malt Dram Club. Because it’s monthly. Can’t argue with that, just like you can’t fight the moonlight. Anyway, new Dram Club Tasting Sets! Here you go!


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The Nightcap: 31 August

Happy Friday, folks! Here’s The Nightcap to help you roll on into the weekend armed with a plethora of booze news. Always handy if you’re looking to impress down the pub/on a hot date/out in a bar*…

Welcome to the weekend, team! Step away from the workload and pick up a dram. You deserve it. Friday evening is here! (Apologies as always if you’re a non-nine-to-fiver and are indeed working at the weekend… join the vibe when you can.)

It’s been a short week here at MoM Towers thanks to the summer bank holiday Monday. But that hasn’t stopped us bringing you all manner of news over on the blog this week.

On Tuesday we unveiled our latest competition of much excitement – win a VIP trip to Speyside and discover The BenRiach Distillery! Then on Wednesday we got hold of Pernod Ricard’s annual report and crunched the numbers to see how the likes of Jameson, The Glenlivet and Chivas Regal performed over the last year.

Yesterday we had a blog double whammy: Annie talked us through all things aquavit in her beginner’s guide, before we shed a little bit more light onto Diageo’s Special Releases 2018 line-up. Not long until the full reveal: check back on 12 September for details of all 10 bottlings in full.

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We tasted Diageo Special Releases 2018 and (almost) all the deets are here!

Diageo Special Releases

Last night we were treated to a highly classified tasting of Diageo’s Special Releases 2018 line-up. Yes, we felt like secret agents – and yes, the whole thing was GOOOOOOOOD. We’ve got the lowdown on [most of] the whiskies for you, right here, right now.

First up… We’re publishing this post a little sooner than expected. We pinky-promised to keep all the Special Releases secrets shtumn until 12 September, i.e. the official press launch date. But! This afternoon we were alerted that not every drinks writer is as good as keeping secrets as we are. Boo. But it DOES mean we can now bring you some details of how the Special Releases 2018 line-up actually tastes!

Every year the Special Releases collection gets tongues (and taste buds) wagging. The [usually] 10-strong collection of Scotch whiskies from an array of Diageo distilleries is a showcase of cask-strength deliciousness, a celebration of flavour, and there’s often one of two unusual bottlings thrown in for good measure… This year was no exception.

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A beginner’s guide to aquavit

Aquavit is finally taking flight outside its Scandinavian home, and it’s about time you got acquainted. Here’s what you should know about the herbaceous and softly spiced Nordic spirit…

We might’ve hit peak ‘hygge’ – anyone else tired of off-white Instagram filters, comfortable rugs, scented candles, coffee shop danishes and minimalist off-white furniture..? – but I’m here to tell you about another equally unpronounceable Scandi staple; one that the world has somehow passed by. It’s called Aquavit (or akvavit, if you’re from the Nordics), and it is delicious.


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How did The Glenlivet, Chivas Regal and Jameson perform in 2018?

With Pernod Ricard’s full-year sales results hot off the press, we take a peek at how the likes of Scotch whiskies The Glenlivet and Chivas Regal, Ireland’s Jameson, Cognac brand Martell and Absolut vodka fared in 2017/18. Spoiler alert: Scotch wasn’t the star of the show…

It’s results season, folks! Big companies left, right and centre are publishing their annual (or quarterly) reports, giving us an insight into how they’re getting on sales-wise. Today it’s the turn of Pernod Ricard to disclose its full-year data to the end of June. We had a nose through the docs and crunched the numbers to see how some of the world’s biggest drinks brands got on…

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Win a VIP trip to BenRiach Distillery!

  • WIN one of three fancy-pants trips to Speyside and discover the BenRiach Distillery!
  • Three winners and their lucky plus-ones will enjoy a distillery tour, tasting, trip to The Speyside Cooperage, an overnight stay with meals and more!
  • Everyone’s a winner – enjoy £5 off BenRiach 10 Year Old and BenRiach 10 Curiositas until 11 September!
  • What’s better than a distillery tour? A luxurious VIP trip for you and your favourite person with posh accommodation, a tasting which features some SUPER exciting limited edition whiskies, delicious meals at top local establishments, a detour to the Speyside Cooperage, UK travel, and a personal, exclusive distillery visit with a fabulous brand ambassador as your personal guide, of course! (For the nitty gritty details, see the competition terms below.)

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    The Nightcap: 24 August

    The Nightcap

    Say hello to Friday with this week’s Nightcap, packed with the biggest booze news stories from the past seven days in one handy digest. Enjoy!

    Happy Friday, folks! The weekend is here and we’re excited. For this is not just any weekend. Here in the UK it’s the super-duper mega-fantastic bumper three-day August Bank Holiday weekend (if you need to stock up, we’ve got everything you need booze-wise to celebrate. There’s just about still time to order!).

    But before we get toooo carried away, let’s recap the week that was. On Monday, Annie came to rescue unloved drinks cabinets and cocktail kits the world over with her must-haves for a dynamite home bar. Then on Tuesday Henry took a trip down the road to Greensand Ridge, discovering a world of local rums and well as gins.

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    Exploring the trend for rum cask-finished Scotch whiskies

    Now more than ever, Scotland’s whisky-makers are treating their ageing stocks to a resting period in tropical casks from sunshine shores. We explore the trend for rum cask-finished Scotch whiskies…

    With ‘gooey caramel, helpings of apricots, dark chocolate, bittersweet vanilla and soft baking spices’, you’d be forgiven for assuming this tasting note was describing Ron Zacapa or El Dorado. In actuality, it documents the deliciousness of BenRiach 22 Year Old Dark Rum Cask Finish, which saw out the final period of its maturation in dark rum barrels from Jamaica.


    Categories : Rum, Scotch Whisky
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    10 drinks that taste as good as they look

    Boozes that taste as good as they look

    We all know that the most important feature of a spirit is how it tastes. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate an elegant or innovative bottle every now and then…

    Did you know that numerous studies have shown that when food or drink looks good it effectively makes it taste better, too? We just can’t help but be drawn by beautiful things, be it the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) or Beyoncé (Aurora Bey-ealis). So it stands to reason that a thoughtful, creative spirits presentation could make a difference. And we’re down for anything that means a more enjoyable dram…

    Let’s be clear: we’re not judging a book by its cover. A truly great expression has to have the substance to match its style. We’ll only settle for a celebration of the complete package.

    With this in mind, we thought we’d have a lovely little rummage through the shelves at MoM Towers to find the fairest of them all. We present to you our list of 10 drinks that taste as good as they look!


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