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The Nightcap: 21 September

Michelin-starred team-ups, new bourbon distilleries and Conor McGregor’s whiskey steps into the ring. It’s all go in The Nightcap this week! You’ve made it to Friday, folks! Give yourself a…

Michelin-starred team-ups, new bourbon distilleries and Conor McGregor’s whiskey steps into the ring. It’s all go in The Nightcap this week!

You’ve made it to Friday, folks! Give yourself a pat on the back, a self-high-five and pick out something delicious to sip on as you peruse the booze news of the week in another edition of The Nightcap. If you’ve got some sort of fancy hat, we might even suggest wearing that as you do all of these things to truly make it a special occasion.

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The Nightcap: 24 August

Say hello to Friday with this week’s Nightcap, packed with the biggest booze news stories from the past seven days in one handy digest. Enjoy! Happy Friday, folks! The weekend…

Say hello to Friday with this week’s Nightcap, packed with the biggest booze news stories from the past seven days in one handy digest. Enjoy!

Happy Friday, folks! The weekend is here and we’re excited. For this is not just any weekend. Here in the UK it’s the super-duper mega-fantastic bumper three-day August Bank Holiday weekend (if you need to stock up, we’ve got everything you need booze-wise to celebrate. There’s just about still time to order!).

But before we get toooo carried away, let’s recap the week that was. On Monday, Annie came to rescue unloved drinks cabinets and cocktail kits the world over with her must-haves for a dynamite home bar. Then on Tuesday Henry took a trip down the road to Greensand Ridge, discovering a world of local rums and well as gins.

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WATCH: Kentucky warehouse collapse creates giant bourbon barrel heap

On Friday Kentucky distillery Barton 1792 experienced something of a disaster: a partial warehouse collapse sending as many as 9,000 barrels of bourbon tumbling to the floor. The aerial footage…

On Friday Kentucky distillery Barton 1792 experienced something of a disaster: a partial warehouse collapse sending as many as 9,000 barrels of bourbon tumbling to the floor. The aerial footage of the aftermath is something else…

It’s a whisk(e)y fan’s worst nightmare. Thousands upon thousands of prime maturing barrels lost accidentally in a momentary disaster.

That’s exactly what happened over in Kentucky last week at Barton 1792 Distillery when part of a historic rack house came crashing to the ground.

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The Nightcap: 22 June

Another week comes to a close, so it’s time for a round-up of booze stories to help you start your weekend with a brain full of knowledge – it’s The…

Another week comes to a close, so it’s time for a round-up of booze stories to help you start your weekend with a brain full of knowledge – it’s The Nightcap!

It’s Friday! Unless you’re in Australia, where it’s probably next Wednesday. For those of you in Oz, keep powering through hump day. For everyone else, it’s time to grab a tasty beverage and have a gander at the booze news from this week with The Nightcap.

And today has been a news fest! If the Nightcap wasn’t enough for you, Macallan owner Edrington announced its financial results with a bit of a bang: as well as posting 7% growth, it also announced plans to sell Glenturret and Cutty Sark. Wowzers.

Elsewhere on the Master of Malt blog this week; Annie looked at the world of Bourbon alongside Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and picked out the blends you’ll want to boast about. Sam took a glance at Tomatin’s turnover (of the money variety, nothing to do with delicious baked goods). Kristy headed (just) north of the border to taste the first whiskies from the Annandale Distillery, and looked at how everyone goes to the pub when it’s sunny.

Henry didn’t quite share the enthusiasm for the sunny weather this week, as he introduced us all to Light Strike Awareness Day (it’s a thing), as well as showing off his knowledge of popular Scotch whiskies around the world, and exploring an upcoming Island distillery.

Phew. On the with booze news!

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Love bourbon? Heading to Kentucky? Make this your first stop…

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in or around the Bluegrass State, a visit to the birthplace of bourbon is something akin to a pilgrimage. As it readies to open…

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in or around the Bluegrass State, a visit to the birthplace of bourbon is something akin to a pilgrimage. As it readies to open the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and The Spirit of Bourbon interactive exhibition, MoM reveals why The Frazier History Museum needs to be your first port of call…

If you’re hoping to cram in all 23 stops on both Kentucky Bourbon Trail tours, your whiskey-filled trip will require meticulous planning. Where to begin? It’s a question many have pondered. Thankfully, the good people at The Frazier History Museum, located in the heart of the Bourbon District of downtown Louisville, have been working hard on a solution. And come 25 August it will be open to the public.

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The Nightcap: 8 June

Jack Daniel’s-maker Brown-Forman lines up a new CEO, World Gin Day hype aplenty, and fizz in space? It can only be The Nightcap! It’s Friday and the world’s most eclectic…

Jack Daniel’s-maker Brown-Forman lines up a new CEO, World Gin Day hype aplenty, and fizz in space? It can only be The Nightcap!

It’s Friday and the world’s most eclectic round-up of booze newses is back for another week! We’ve got a whole host of hot-off-the-press product launches, bar happenings galore and incoming CEOs up our sleeves. But first, let’s look back on the week that was…

While we were all recovering from the mega week-and-a-bit of Fèis Ìle 2018, Annie was bar flying-it-up at Artesian as the renowned bar team unveiled a new menu. Then, on Tuesday, she hightailed it over to The Zetter Townhouse to check out its partnership with cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro… It’s a hard life.

On Wednesday, we had a look at your top 10 gins across Master of Malt to make what we think is a cracking list of must-tries ahead of World Gin Day (it’s tomorrow, team! Perhaps there’s just enough time to sneak in a next-day delivery…). Sticking with a theme, yesterday Adam caught up with Alex Kammerling, who just happens to have released a Kamm & Sons gin! Good timing, right?!

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Master of Malt named Best Online Retailer 2018 by British Bourbon Society!

We’re utterly delighted to have been named the Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society for the second year in a row! Sometimes getting back up and running after…

We’re utterly delighted to have been named the Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society for the second year in a row!

Sometimes getting back up and running after a long bank holiday weekend can be a bit of a mission. Lucky, there was some news waiting for us this morning to get everyone back in high spirits – we’ve been named Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society!

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #21: Hudson Manhattan Rye

As we approach the end of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, Day #21 brings a festive celebration from across the pond! Could there be a more Christmassy place…

As we approach the end of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, Day #21 brings a festive celebration from across the pond!

Could there be a more Christmassy place in the world than New York City in December? You’ve seen the films (Miracle On 34th Street, Home Alone 2, Die Hard) – Christmas in NYC is the stuff dreams are made of!

Why am I suddenly talking about NYC? Well, it might have something to do with the whiskey hidden away today in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… Hudson Manhattan Rye!

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Four Roses master distiller spills the beans on Small Batch 2017…

Earlier this week Four Roses introduced the 2017 edition of its Small Batch line, so we hopped over to Mayfair to meet master distiller Brent Elliott and find out how…

Earlier this week Four Roses introduced the 2017 edition of its Small Batch line, so we hopped over to Mayfair to meet master distiller Brent Elliott and find out how this year’s release was put together.

If you’re already familiar with the brand, you’ll know that Four Roses takes a rather unique approach to bourbon distilling. Die-hard fans might want to skip ahead, but for the benefit of those who aren’t acquainted with its methodology, we’ll run you through it.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery brings 1800s whiskey-making literally to life!

Buffalo Trace Distillery has outdone itself again – its National Historic Landmark Distillery doors are open once more, and this time whiskey fans can look back in time in spectacular…

Buffalo Trace Distillery has outdone itself again – its National Historic Landmark Distillery doors are open once more, and this time whiskey fans can look back in time in spectacular fashion.

F.A.O of all who consider themselves among the esteemed mass of whiskey folk – Buffalo Trace Distillery has some truly good news. The bourbon brand has revealed details of another (this is the sixth!) set of personal and unique tours, rich with the kind of whiskey history that gets all of us in that giddy, geeky state.

For those unaware of the distillery that has received more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskeys (for shame), Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned operation based out of Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. With a tradition that dates back to 1786, the distillery is fully operational, producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site. If that isn’t enough for you, the site of these tours is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now, Buffalo Trace Distillery invites visitors to feast their senses (and possibly livers, we’ll get onto that later) on three new sites, two of which had never been open to the public for touring before. How much are flights to Kentucky?

See the unique heritage for yourself!

Buffalo Trace Distillery Tasting RoomDram in a beaker anyone? The Old Taylor House welcomes whiskey lovers.

The first stop of the tour will take visitors to the charming Old Taylor House. Built in the 1790s by Commodore Richard Taylor, E. H. Taylor’s great-grandfather, it’s classed as the oldest house in Franklin County. But it’s been far more than just a residence: at one time it was a small hospital and even a laboratory. Buffalo Trace restored it a short while ago after it had sat vacant for a number of years, and now uses it as an internal meeting space. Finally open to the general public for viewing, this rustic treat is the perfect way to begin the eventful ramble through whiskey history this tour delightfully provides.

Buffalo Trace Distillery PompeiiThe ‘Bourbon Pompeii’ – where the smokiness was intentional.

If you liked that, you might want to steady yourself this next one. The second stop on the E. H. Taylor Tour will be the O.F.C Building, which Buffalo Trace had planned to renovate in 2016 and turn into a meeting and event space. That was until a truly incredible discovery.

The team at Buffalo Trace happened upon a part of its distillery that dates back to the 19th century. The preserved nature of this rare archaeological treasure meant that it has come to be known colloquially as the ‘Bourbon Pompei’. Is your mind blown? Your mind should be blown.

Research has concluded that the original foundation wall was built by Taylor in 1869, but it was with the second foundation erected in 1873 that Taylor enacted his plan to construct the industry’s first ‘modern’ distillery. This quite unbelievable feature of the tour allows visitors to gaze upon fermenting vats found intact that date back to 1883.

Those lucky enough to see this incredible treat should note that one of those fermenters will be re-lined with copper as Taylor had originally intended and will be put to use in the near future. Sure to thrill anyone with whiskey close to their heart, some claim it to be the oldest, most intact distillery in existence in the United States.

Buffalo Trace Distillery WarehouseThe light is calling you, the whiskey awaits in Warehouse C…

Last, but by no means least, is the third stop on the E. H. Taylor Tour, which will take guests inside Warehouse ‘C.’ This stunning brick and limestone structure was built by Taylor in 1884 and holds around 25,000 barrels. Much like the previous attractions, Warehouse ‘C’ demonstrates the unique perspective of E. H. Taylor, whose injection of steam heat in the warehouses for the winter months still influences how Buffalo Trace operates. In fact, the distillery is one of only a handful to still use this process. The logic of this fine detail is that the bourbons can receive the full cycle of ageing all year round. This avoids the inconvenience of them lying dormant in the barrel when the temperature dips to around 4-5°C (40°F), as it can do in Kentucky winters. Warehouse ‘C’ is also the current maturation site of all of the E. H. Taylor, Jr. line of whiskeys. If glorious stacks of proud whiskey casks bursting with stories and personality doesn’t interest you then get out of my blog post!

Taste the history!

To round it all off, those lovely folks at Buffalo Trace have thrown in a complimentary tasting session at the tour’s conclusion – as if we needed any extra reasons to go! But wait, there’s even more! Despite the new E. H. Taylor Tour lasting an hour, those tasting samples aren’t the only thing that’s free – the whole tour itself is complimentary!

But don’t fear or despair if you don’t happen to be in Kentucky anytime soon. You can still sample some of the delights from the distillery that has received more awards than any other North American producer since 1990. Luckily for you, it just so happens that I know the perfect places: Check out Buffalo Trace, Colonel E. H. Taylor and Eagle Rare Whiskey pages for lots of tasty treats.

The EH Taylor tours at the Buffalo Trace Distillery run Monday to Friday at 2:30pm. Reservations are required, and can be made online.

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