World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2016

Yesterday saw the World’s Best whiskies and spirits crowned at the World Drinks Awards, including the World Whiskies Awards.

Before we get into the results though, some good news! Drinks by the Dram have once again teamed up with the World Drinks Awards to create an easy way to taste a whole bunch of these award winners! Head over to our World Drinks Awards 2016 page to browse their selection of 8 different World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners Tasting Sets.

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Categories : Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Liqueurs, News, Rum, Whisky
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The Return of Johnnie Walker Green Label!

Johnnie Walker Green Label

We’re delighted to announce that Johnnie Walker Green Label has returned to the UK and reclaimed its place in the Johnnie Walker range!

First introduced in 2005, in 2012 it was announced that the 15 year old blended malt whisky was to be discontinued, to the disappointment of its many fans (although it was never actually removed from all markets worldwide). In 2015 it was reintroduced in North America on a temporary basis to mark its tenth anniversary, but its long term future still hung in the balance.

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Whisky Advent Day 10: Monkey Shoulder

Whisky Advent Calendar

We’ve made it to day 10 of #WhiskyAdvent! Time to open another window of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, and we have a good feeling about this one…

Yep, it’s time to have some fun with Monkey Shoulder! Whether it’s Pop-Down bars or Monkey Comps with UK Brand am-BADASS-ador Grant Neave, or practising your spooning so you can mix up some delicious Monkey cocktails, pretension gets left firmly at the door today.

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#WhiskySanta Gives Away Thousands of Gifts at the Checkout!

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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Categories : Absinthe, Cognac, Competitions, Gin, Liqueurs, News, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky, Wine
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More Yula 20 Year Old from Douglas Laing Now Available!

Yula 20 Year Old

As this blog goes live, something exciting is happening – we’ve been able to get hold of some more bottles of Yula, and they’re now available to buy! It sold out very quickly last time, so you may not want to waste any more time here on the blog…

Still with us? Right, well we better tell you some more about this exciting release then! Yula is a new blended malt from Douglas Laing. We love a blended malt from these folk, of course, whether it’s Big Peat, Scallwag or Timorous Beastie (the ‘Douglas Laing Force’, as Sam calls them/likes to draw them in paint) or indeed Rock Oyster, made with island malts.

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Whisky Santa’s Whisky Advent Day 19: Timorous Beastie

Timorous Beastie

‘Twas six nights before Christmas, when all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse!

Not just the situation in Jake from Master of Malt’s home, but also in the homes of all those with Whisky Advent Calendars. In the latter case though, the mouse in question is fortunately none other than Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie! A tongue in cheek name for a corker of a Highland blended malt that’s created by the jolly folk behind one of my other favourites, Big Peat at Christmas. (Plus, I like his beard.)

Timorous Beastie is made exclusively with malts from Highland distilleries including Dalmore, Glen Garioch and Glengoyne!

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Whisky Santa’s Whisky Advent Day 12: Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

On the Twelfth Night ye shalt discover a fabulous, unpretentious blended malt in your Whisky Advent Calendar. Why it’s Monkey Shoulder, of course: “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit”!

Why is it called Monkey Shoulder, you ask? Well, back in what you refer to as ‘the old days’, maltmen turned the barley by hand – a very labour-intensive job. With the strenuous work and long hours these chaps undertook, they ended up with a bit of a hunch, known as ‘Monkey Shoulder’. I end up with something similar on Boxing Day after carrying around my heavy sa… my heavy bag of presents all night. Luckily I get a year to rest up afterwards!

Made exclusively with scotch malt whiskies from William Grant’s three Speyside distilleries (Glenfiddich, Balvenie & Kininvie), Monkey Shoulder’s matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and married for three-to-six months. It’s a lovely treat served neat, with ice or indeed in cocktails.

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The Monkey Comp Winners Have Popped-Up In London!

The Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Challenge

The Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Challenge has been quite a journey – over 50 teams signed up back in March and April, but as Connor MacLeod has taught us (with alarming regularity on this here blog):
“There can be only one.”

Having followed the competition on twitter and attended the grand bar-off last month, I can thoroughly recommend hunting down the competition’s worthy winners at their London Cocktail Week pop-up in 7 Dials this week (as I did yesterday). To explain a little more about this cocktail competition that was totally unlike anything we’ve ever reported on before though, let me hand you over to Monkey Shoulder’s new brand ambassador…

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Categories : Cocktails, Competitions, News
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A new batch of Boutique-y Whiskies for a Tuesday Morning

Fettercairn, Blended Malt #2 and Blair Athol That Boutique-y Whisky Company

So – it’s about that time again – new batches, and replenished batches of some absolute crackers from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

First up – spoiler alert – we do have a new batch of both the Port Ellen, and Brora. I’ll understand if you want to stop reading for a bit and take care of a small (okay – large) transaction.

We’ve also got some brand spanking new lines though – 2 single malts and a blended malt (which after the editor’s choice award in the most recent edition of Whisky Magazine), should see some interest piqued…

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Reference Series – The First Batch of Extensions

Reference Series First Extension

This range was born almost 6 months ago with the release of the initial ‘Reference’ Blended Malt Whiskies I, II, and III, and have received some lovely reviews from all over the web – not least of which from Serge of Whiskyfun who rated the initial batch from 83-88 points.

The theory is initially simple – we took 4 components (2 blended malt and 2 single malt), and as the range progressed from I to III, the proportion of older whisky went up. This was designed to give us all an insight into the way that age affects whisky.

Today, however, is where it all really starts to get fun.

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