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Tag: Blended Whisky

Blended Whisky is having something of a reputational revolution at the moment, all due to some great quality and innovative new releases. Check out the latest news and reviews of blended whisky producers including Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal right here.

Japan rules at World Whisky Awards 2012

Japanese distillers made a fine showing last night at Whisky Magazine’s 6th annual World Whisky Awards.

Yamazaki scooped the coveted Best Single Malt Whisky award for its 25 Year Old expression, while Nikka won the Best Blended Whisky category with its Taketsuru 17 Year Old.

This marks the second year in a row Yamazaki’s has triumphed, with their sublime 1984 vintage taking home the best single malt prize in 2011. More…

Categories : Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Monkey Shoulder, Callooh Callay, and other abject nonsense

Monkey Shoulder Bar

It really only struck me as I was trying to explain to a (non-whisky-loving) friend the weekend after this event that I was, to all intents and purposes talking in tongues. “Oh yes – well earlier in the week, I went to a Monkey Shoulder event at Callooh Callay” could just as easily have been “Oh yes – well earlier in the week, I went to a Badger Scapula event at Lorks a Lawdy”. Nonsense. Just nonsense.

 

Anyway – muggle-confusing industry Jargon aside, I’ve been asked by a few people to jot down the recipes and photos from the evening, as it was by all accounts one of the best whisky cocktail events I’ve ever been to.

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Categories : Cocktails, Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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A Christmas Message from Master of Malt

At this point last year, I was hobbling around the office on a crutch (that’s not a misprint – the mean, mean Osteopath at the hospital would only give me one) following what can only be described as the least impressive injury in the history of man.

Sit back Children, and I shall tell you a tale of Christmas Past, Present and Future(1):

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St Isidore and the Bloggers’ Blend

St Isidore

If you can cast your minds back to July of this year (has it really only been two and half months?), you might remember the magic and excitement of the Bloggers’ Blend Competition (you can click here for a quick recap – but prepare for magic and excitement). Basically, we asked ten top whisky bloggers to create their own whisky blends, and then we asked you, the public, to judge which was the best. It was a very exciting time, notable by a proliferation of photos of Chihuahuas dressed as people on our blog. More…

Categories : Competitions, Whisky
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New Product entitled… erm… “Brown Drink”

 

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So – we’ve been doing our Drinks by the Dram whisky sample service for almost a year now, and in that time have decanted ‘loads’ of 700ml bottles into 30ml samples.
 
700 divided by 30 is 690, so even if one is slightly generous with the 30ml measure, there’s still going to be a little drop or two left over.
 
My original plan (and I thought it was a darned good one) was to save all of this up, and make some awesome cocktails at the staff Christmas party, or maybe do something at the directors’ joint birthday party, but it turns out that “a little drop or two” multiplied by “loads” is about 37 full-sized bottles-worth.
 
Even we aren’t that thirsty. More…
Categories : Armagnac, Cocktails, Cognac, Gin, Liqueurs, News, Rum, Whisky
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The Winner of the Bloggers’ Blend Competition

Chestibor, you proud, noble beast

The votes have been counted, the results are in, and we can now reveal the winning blend from the Bloggers’ Blend Competition. If you’re just tuning into this now and haven’t read our previous posts about the competition, allow us to fill you in…

We asked ten top whisky bloggers to create their own blends, using pipettes, measuring cylinders (and other scientific accoutrements) and a selection of malt and grain More…

Categories : Competitions, Whisky
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Making the Carambola Pantheon Cocktail – by Gal Granov

Whisky Cocktail

We gave a few whisky bloggers a simple brief: come up with a great cocktail using our 8 year old blended whisky. We’ve had some great responses, and today’s cocktail is no exception! This recipe was sent to us by Gal Granov who writes the brilliant blog “Whisky Israel”, which is a great source of tasting notes and whisky reviews (despite being written in a country with an incredibly high tax on spirits!). So without further ado… More…

Categories : Cocktails, Whisky
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Tiger Blood

Charlie Sheen

Sadly, due to the sheer number of brilliant whisky blogs out there, we could only invite ten to participate in our Bloggers’ Blend competition. We felt simply awful about limiting it in this way; it was like we’d discovered utopia but, due to out-dated licensing laws, were forced to allow just 10 people in.

In response to this, some bloggers sent us tear-stained letters, one fled to Nepal and now makes and sells terracotta pots, and, in protest, one has pledged to talk exclusively through a Kazoo. More…

Categories : News, Whisky
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Bloggers’ Blend Voting

Bloggers' Blend

You’ve almost certainly seen the numerous posts about the Blogger’s Blend competition on the bloggers’ own websites. Just in case any of you missed it, you can read more here.

Well, it’s votin’ time. If you’ve bought yourself a Bloggers’ Blend set with samples of all the blends, you can vote for you favourites at the Blogger’s Blend Voting page. Look how shiny it is. It was crafted by the finest artisans, all of whom were gifted with an in-depth knowledge of jQuery and ASP.NET, just like the craftsmen of yore. We’ve selected AV as our voting method, so simply visit the page and order the blends by order of preference. More…

Categories : Competitions, Whisky
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Feis Ile – The Islay Whisky Festival 2011 – Part Six

Friday was Bunnahabhain’s distillery day…

As far as Islay distilleries go, Bunnahabhain is perhaps the least talked about among the Scotch cognoscenti, and whilst this is entirely unfair (due to the quality of the spirit), it is unsurprising in many ways. For a start the whisky isn’t particularly peaty, nor is not subject to any wild experimentation during production or maturation, and overall, well, it’s decidedly gentle. More…

Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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