We’ve got a solution to the blandness of the season. A way to try a whole bunch of whiskies, literally risk-free. Behold: Try January!

Ahhh January. A time for new starts, resolutions, turning over a new leaf. It might be a time for forming new habits, learning a new skill, upping the exercise regimen. These things can all be good. But January can also feel, well… a bit dull. A bit grey. Somewhat lacking in excitement. So let us help. We’ve come up with a way to inject some flavour into a time of year that can be somewhat bland. Ready the tasting glasses and get set for Try January!

What’s this, you say? We’ve got a whole bunch of drams set aside for you that we reckon you’ll really like. Some of these are old favourites, some are more unusual bottlings. Some are the slightly fancier version of a drinks cabinet staple. We’ve even picked out some delectable samples that we highly recommend for whisky newbies (now’s the time if you’re trying to get your friend into whisky over a Zoom tasting!). Basically, each 30ml taster has been chosen by our team here because we really like it. And we want to make it super easy to try before you buy!

Here’s how it works. Buy one of these drams, and we’ll zip you over a Master of Malt voucher to the value of that dram. So you’re basically getting to try it for free! We hope you’ll love your dram so much that you use your voucher towards the cost of a full bottle. But really you can use it for anything you like on the site. We’ll get vouchers out to you by 5 February, so keep you eyes peeled!

You can see the full list over on our Try January page, but here’s just five to whet your whisky appetite.

Here’s the Try January lowdown:

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Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire 10 Year Old Cask Strength

Got a taste for all things smoky? Then you need to try this 10 year old single malt from an undisclosed Islay distillery. 10% of it has been finished in first-fill Oloroso octave casks, so there’s a good helping of sweetness in there, too. 

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Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

A tip-top Talisker from 2020’s sought-after Diageo Special Releases collection. It’s been finished in ex-pot still Caribbean rum casks – the first time the distillery has used this sort of oak! It’s simply a delight for the palate. 

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Tomatin 18 Year Old Sherry Cask

A classic single malt here from Highland stalwart Tomatin, aged for a whopping 18 years and finished in Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry butts. If you like your whisky bursting with notes of sweet spices, vanilla fudge and honey, this is a must-try.

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Craigellachie 17 Year Old

A firm favourite here at MoM Towers, Craigellachie 17 Year Old really showcases the distinctive meatiness of the Speyside distillery, thanks in part to its wonderful worm tub condensers. One to really sit with and savour!

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Loch Lomond Single Grain

New to whisky, or know someone that is? Give this light, bright and breezy single grain a go. It’s perfect for sipping, and also highly ideal in Highball form. Just mix with ice, soda and garnish with a lemon slice – tasty!

Literally try before you buy with Try January!

Literally try before you buy with Try January!

We want to know what you’ve tasted, what you’ve loved, and what you’ve spent your voucher on! Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or in the comments below. And Happy Try January!


18+ only and shipping restrictions may apply. Complete purchase of any qualifying drams on masterofmalt.com between 20 Jan 2021 and 3 Feb 2021 (inclusive) to receive an electronic gift voucher of the same value (excluding delivery and any other charges) to use on masterofmalt.com at any time. Subject to Master of Malt standard consumer and gift voucher T&Cs.