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Douglas Laing is an independant bottler and blender of considerable note, and you can check out the latest news about Douglas Laing releases right here.

The Nightcap: 31 August

Happy Friday, folks! Here’s The Nightcap to help you roll on into the weekend armed with a plethora of booze news. Always handy if you’re looking to impress down the pub/on a hot date/out in a bar*…

Welcome to the weekend, team! Step away from the workload and pick up a dram. You deserve it. Friday evening is here! (Apologies as always if you’re a non-nine-to-fiver and are indeed working at the weekend… join the vibe when you can.)

It’s been a short week here at MoM Towers thanks to the summer bank holiday Monday. But that hasn’t stopped us bringing you all manner of news over on the blog this week.

On Tuesday we unveiled our latest competition of much excitement – win a VIP trip to Speyside and discover The BenRiach Distillery! Then on Wednesday we got hold of Pernod Ricard’s annual report and crunched the numbers to see how the likes of Jameson, The Glenlivet and Chivas Regal performed over the last year.

Yesterday we had a blog double whammy: Annie talked us through all things aquavit in her beginner’s guide, before we shed a little bit more light onto Diageo’s Special Releases 2018 line-up. Not long until the full reveal: check back on 12 September for details of all 10 bottlings in full.
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The Nightcap: 29 June

Down those tools and pick up a dram: it’s Friday, folks! And with the last day of the working week comes your regular round-up of delicious developments from the wonderful world of booze. It can only be The Nightcap!

Happy Friday, team! We made it. Perhaps you’ve been following all the highs and lows of the World Cup (soz, Germany) and are relishing today as a football-free period of recovery. Or maybe you’ve eschewed all things FIFA and have been basking in the summer sunshine instead (it’s been SIZZLING here in the UK). Either way, there’s a high chance some of this week’s biggest stories might have passed you by. Which is why we’re here to help!

So before we dig into the main Nightcap round-up, let’s look back over the last seven days of all things booze…
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Categories : Beer, Cocktails, Gin, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky
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Modern blended whiskies you’ll want to boast about

Blended whisky gets a seriously bad rap – call time on single malt snobbery, and stock your home bar with these modern blended whiskies (and blended malts) that equal far more than the sum of their parts…

In the age of the single malt, you’ll be hard pushed to find anyone who would freely admit that their favourite sipper is of the blended variety. For all intents and purposes, it’s the equivalent of wearing a Status Quo t-shirt to a Sex Pistols gig.

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Categories : American Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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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 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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Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky, Wine
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The Nightcap: 18 May

It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here – and with it we’ve got another edition of The Nightcap! Read on for your handy digest of the week’s biggest booze news, all in one useful place!

It’s Friday, folks! Congratulations on making it through another week. It’s been a busy one in the world of all things sippable, so we suggest you get comfy, pour yourself a dram/G&T/anything else that takes your fancy, and join us as we recall another busy seven days in drinks.
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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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Douglas Laing: 70 years in whisky!

Douglas Laing Cara Laing

It’s a mega year for Douglas Laing. Not only is it the independent whisky bottler’s 70th anniversary, the family-owned business is also in the process of constructing its very own distillery. We caught up with director of whisky (and third-generation family member) Cara Laing for the very latest developments in a milestone 12 months.

Cara Laing embodies the very definition of whisky enthusiast. We’re tucked away up in the cosy Sample Room at Douglas Laing HQ – all squishy Chesterfield sofas, plush cushions and walls stacked near-floor to ceiling with countless samples, all gleaming like stained glass in the sunshine – when she comes bounding in. Some industry folks (inadvertently, I’d hope) give the impression that they’re simply done with the never-ending roster of inquisitive drinks journalists, nosy, interfering and thirsty with questions. But not Cara. She’s positively beaming.

“I love what I do and I’m very lucky,” she says as we settle down on one such sofa to chat all things Douglas Laing. “I relish coming to the office.”
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The Nightcap: 4 May

It’s Friday, it’s cocktail o’clock (here in the UK anyway), so there’s only one thing for it. Bring on this week’s round up of all things booze news: it’s The Nightcap!

Happy Star Wars Day, folks! Yep, somehow it’s May already. But no need to fear, The Nightcap is here, bringing you the biggest and booziest news stories from the last seven days!

But before we get into agave-fuelled business deals, new bottlings and all things baijiu, let’s recap the week that was. We kicked off proceedings on Monday with our latest charity auction: snap up the super-rare The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak and raise a marvellous chunk of moolah for our nominated charity, Malaria No More UK! On Tuesday, Adam reported back from the launch of The Singleton’s Malt Master’s Selection – a single malt looking to ‘do a Haig Club’ and make whisky accessible to new audiences. Will it be a success? Time will tell.

Then it was time to reveal not just May’s Dram Club contents, but also the results of the epic Battle of the Blends: Challenge No. 3. Who was victorious? Did your favoured blend win? Find out in the post. And finally, we checked in with The Lakes Distillery’s whiskymaker-in-chief, Dhavall Gandhi, who lifted the lid on his liquid experiments. Intriguing…
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Categories : American Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #18: Dalmore 12 Year Old

There’s only a week left until Christmas. How has that happened?! #WhiskyAdvent is rolling on at an alarming rate, and our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is feeling lighter and lighter… This situation calls for a dram.

I don’t know about you – but I’ve sorted out absolutely nothing for Christmas. There’s not a card sent or a present bought yet… heck, the only tree in my flat is my roommate, who’s a good foot taller than a person needs to be.

Still, while I panic my pathetic, (but Christmasy!) predicament, you should be getting stuck into #WhiskyAdvent while you can! I need a miracle – and you guys can enjoy a dram!*

So, how about a taste of what’s behind window #18 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… It’s only the delicious Dalmore 12 Year Old!

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #10: Scallywag 13 Year Old

We’re at day 10 of #WhiskyAdvent – double digits! Let’s tuck into a tasty blended malt Scotch whisky and pretend we’re completely prepared for the next two weeks…

We stripped things down with the Naked Grouse yesterday, now, on Day #10, we’re continuing with the animal theme. This is, after all, a time of year when animals are seemingly all the rage. Everywhere you turn there are robins, reindeer, the Grinch*, donkeys, turkeys, the Grinch’s dog**… they’re all there.

We’re going to add to that list today, by giving you a puppy! Behind window #10 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a foxy dram of… Scallywag 13 Year Old!

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The world’s best boozy Advent calendars are ready to rock and roll!

Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today!

Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of their bumper range of booze-filled Advent calendars earlier this month. The stash has arrived at MoM Towers, and the heavenly haul is shipping now!

From whisky and gin to rum, Tequila, Cognac, and many, many more, each fabulously festive box is filled to the brim with 24 different wax-sealed drams, one tucked behind each window. There’s literally no tastier way to count down to Christmas!
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Categories : Absinthe, American Whiskey, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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