The sweeter side of gin is enjoying a revival – but what’s special about Old Tom, and what do you actually do with it? We explore the historic gin style…
Here at Master of Malt, we love a drink with an unusual backstory. And they don’t come much quirkier than the narrative behind Old Tom gin – London dry’s sweeter cousin often, but not always, branded with a cat. But first things first: bars are teeming with all things gin. How is Old Tom different from all the others crammed onto the back bar? What sets this specific style apart?
Once upon a time we all bought our Bathtub Gin in 70cl bottles. That was fine, I suppose, but since March last year it’s been available by the Magnum. That’s 1.5 litres – over twice as big! Pleasing.
Now, Bathtub Gin is going to be available by the Methuselah! That’s 6 litres (or 4 Magnums)! Pre-Order yours here.
Still waiting for a reply from Handsome Clive? Well, you can stop checking your phone every five minutes – the announcement of Ginder has not coincidentally coincided with the 1st of April. We are also sad to announce that Handsome Clive was a fabrication of ours for this ruse. Handsome he may be, real he is not.
There are so many dating apps out there today, increasingly catering for important niches such as dog-owners, farmers, people who wear uniforms (or like uniforms) or those with beards (or who like beards) – you can even find your ‘salad soulmate’ – but what about drinks preferences?
On balance, one’s more epicurean, even sybaritic persuasions and preferences seem a more viable means of finding a match than many of the frivolous criteria mentioned above, especially for readers of this blog. Hence why we’re proud to present Ginder, a brand new app to help you find someone who shares your taste in gin! (Try the beta version on your mobile now!)
Well, I did say that I might have something else up my immaculately cuffed sleeve this year, and here it is! I’ve used my powers as an omniscient supernatural Christmas being to ‘get in’ to the Master of Malt checkout. From here I’ll be giving away thousands of festive gifts to lucky customers (at least £20,000 worth, in fact!)…
[Update: He’s now giving gifts away at the checkout too!]
Guess who is back… Back once again… #WhiskySanta is back! Tell all your friends and loved ones. Ho ho ho! A bit of the M&M-style wrap for you there. I like to stay current.
That’s right, your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being is back from his holibobs. I may have only had ten months off after last year’s festivities (during which I even received a shiny ISC award) but a tinsel-covered alarm clock has gone off somewhere and I’m feeling extremely generous once again! Time to make some lists and check them twice – lists of people using #WhiskySanta, that is – before granting one wish per day for you lucky people for a second year running!
Categories : Absinthe
Earlier this year we launched our #BagThisBottle Twitter competition, with 10 lucky winners bagging themselves a free bottle of tip-top-tipples. Well guess what? We’re bringing #BagThisBottle back! In just a few quick clicks you could get your hands on a free bottle of some of the tastiest spirits around.
Each day of the #BagThisBottle competition, we’re going to give away a different bottle to a different lucky winner on Twitter. To be in with a chance to be one of those aforementioned lucky winners, here’s what you’ll have to do…
Right then boys and girls. Time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails – this week we’re making a pork-infused wet martini. Sound appetising? Well it should – It’s delicious.
This one’s called ‘Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig’ (I’m still waiting for my cocktail-naming crown to be delivered, by the way).
Plenty of prep work to do before bringing it all together, so let’s get to it.
Categories : Cocktails
Greetings all. Time for some Gin? Gin. Yep. Everyone loves Gin. Lovely Gin.
We’re making a classic cocktail for this week’s #MasterofCocktails, which to be honest feels anything but. You’d swear this was a modern drink. It’s called the Clover Club Cocktail – basically a gin sour with added Raspberry.
Traditionally this would be a syrup, but we’re going to be using the Raspberry Liqueur from St. George Spirits.
Yesterday saw the winners of the 2015 World Drinks Awards announced, as well as the winners of Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards – a very busy rotation of the Earth! It was also a fantastic day for many of the brands we work with / own / represent as you’ll see from the veritable cornucopia of trophies and awards below.
Drink by the Dram have also produced a selection of Winners Tasting Sets, which you can find here.
Well hello there cocktail fans. Hope you all had a wonderful Burns Night (apostrophe?)! In celebration, for #MasterofCocktails on Sunday we made a De La Louisiane recipe, which is a… erm… a cocktail with American Whiskey.
Should’ve thought that one through a bit better really, eh?
Nevertheless – this really is a good ‘un. It’s sort of a halfway house between a Manhattan and a Vieux Carre.