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Terrific New Year’s Tipples

A perfect New Year is all about family, friends, and the finest food and booze. This sublime selection of spirits, wines and beers will help you see in 2019 in…

A perfect New Year is all about family, friends, and the finest food and booze. This sublime selection of spirits, wines and beers will help you see in 2019 in style.

Let’s face, a lot of people have turned on New Year’s Eve. The over-priced, watered-down drinks. The insane queues and extortionate entry fees. The overwhelming pressure to have a good time. The dreaded annual Hootenanny …

Well, blow that for a game of soldiers! Put the enjoyment of New Year’s back on your own terms this year, starting with booze. Whether you’ve finally given up on the hype and are settling in for a night on the sofa, going to a house party to enjoy a drink among friends and family or preparing to brave the town, make sure you’ve got a terrific tipple in your hand.

From spectacular spirits, classic Champers and welcome post-Xmas bargains, we’ve got everything you need, right here. Happy New Year everyone!

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The great Negroni Bundle is here!

Need an excuse for festive Negronis? How about a whopping £20 off all three key ingredients and a fancy Riedel tumbler to sip from, with our super-duper Bathtub Gin, Martini…

Need an excuse for festive Negronis? How about a whopping £20 off all three key ingredients and a fancy Riedel tumbler to sip from, with our super-duper Bathtub Gin, Martini Rosso and Campari Negroni Bundle?!

This is the late great Anthony Bourdain on the pleasures of the Negroni: “I’m not a gin drinker. I don’t like sweet vermouth, I don’t like Campari, but together they form a sinister yet lovely and inspired hell broth. Like a marriage, it’s a true everlasting love. This is not a cheap date; this is not a one night stand.”

Bourdain is right, the Negroni is a drink that really shouldn’t work. Mixing three strongly-flavoured alcoholic drinks in equal proportions sounds like a recipe for disaster. But, somehow, something wonderful emerges from the wreckage. Or perhaps it’s not that strange after all. I’ve been reading Cocktail Codex, a new book by the team behind legendary New York bar, Death & Co. It shows how various drinks are related to each other. According to the Codex team, the Negroni fits into the Martini/ Manhattan family being spirit + vermouth + some sort of bittering agent (lemon peel, bitters, Campari.) The Negroni isn’t such a maverick after all.

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Old Tom gin: What’s all the fuss about?

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……

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?

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Bathtub Gin 6 Litre Methuselah!

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…

Bathtub Gin Methuselah

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.

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Ginder – Find Your Perfect Junipartner!

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…

Ginder

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!)

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#WhiskySanta Gives Away Thousands of Gifts at the Checkout!

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…

Whisky Santa

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!)…

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The Return of Ask #WhiskySanta… He’ll grant one wish per day!

[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!…

Whisky Santa

[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!

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#BagThisBottle is Back!

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…

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

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…

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Master of Cocktails – Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

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…

Master of Cocktails Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

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.

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Master of Cocktails – The Clover Club Cocktail

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…

Master of Cocktails The Clover Club Cocktail

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.

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