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Introducing Pour & Sip: a new subscription club for whisky lovers

Hey, look! There’s a new monthly whisky subscription service in town. And it’s powered by us! It’s called Pour & Sip, and we’d love to tell you all about it….

Hey, look! There’s a new monthly whisky subscription service in town. And it’s powered by us! It’s called Pour & Sip, and we’d love to tell you all about it.

Do you ever wake up and decide you’re going to do things differently? Like convincing yourself that you’re going to start running 5 miles every morning (I’d take making it to the kitchen without pulling a muscle at this rate) or that you’re going to stop staying up until 2am every night arguing with strangers online that Girls Aloud’s Biology is a masterpiece of pop music composition (it is, and I regret nothing).

Well, here at MoM Towers we decided to change things up and have actually gone through with our big idea. Which is how we’ve arrived at Pour & Sip. It’s a new monthly whisky subscription service we created to change the way whisky lovers engage with and share the spirit while still providing the newest, most exciting and much-loved expressions around.

Pour & Sip was built to be a flexible platform for drinks discovery, tailored to customers and with community, accessibility and inclusion at its core. The founding team recognises that whisky can be intimidating, and has worked to develop a club that is welcoming for all (apart from those under the legal drinking age, obviously). Whisky is for anyone who enjoys flavour experiences, regardless of gender, ethnicity, background, or anything else. It’s basically one big happy family that welcomes connoisseurs to novices alike, all enjoy tasting and talking about the water of life. Sounds neat, right? 

Pour & Sip

Welcome to Pour & Sip. It’s as badass as it looks

Here’s how it works. Each month, customers who subscribe will receive five different 30ml measures of very tasty whisky. How do we know it’s so delicious? Because the selection has been curated by our passionate expert buyers and writers who boast years of experience in the whisky industry. Yay for us! Members are encouraged to join twice-monthly online tastings which provide an opportunity to explore each taster in detail, ask questions, and generally immerse themselves in all things whisky. 

They can also enjoy bespoke blog content, and will even receive access to exclusive discounts on full-price bottles at Master of Malt. Pour & Sip boxes ship monthly, with members at complete control of their subscription. Deliveries can be paused and resumed at any time at no cost, and set two- and three-month gift options are also available. Oh, and new customers receive a welcome pack containing a pair of tasting glasses, a ‘how to taste whisky’ card, detailed tasting notes, plus the first five 30ml whisky samples. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of Pour & Sip. We’re so excited to share our new whisky finds and passion with everyone, making this an experience less intimidating,” Giovana Petry, Pour & Sip lead, said of the launch. “Every monthly box is distinct, different, and filled to the brim with flavour. All our members have to do is sit back, Pour & Sip!”

Pour & Sip

Sit back, relax and let us do the hard work for you. All you need to do is pour and sip!

Pour & Sip is now open to new members, with the first welcome packs shipping in September. So, check it out: https://pourandsip.com/

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Dram Club – June 2020

It’s the first day of June, which means we’ve got yet another batch of brand new Tasting Sets for Dram Club members to get stuck into! If you’re surprised that…

It’s the first day of June, which means we’ve got yet another batch of brand new Tasting Sets for Dram Club members to get stuck into!

If you’re surprised that it’s already June, but instantaneously also surprised it’s not like 2022 or something, you’re not alone. Nevertheless, it is, in fact, June 1st, which means its just about time we take a look at what’s inside the newest batch of Tasting Sets for Dram Club members! Every month, five delicious drams turn up on the doorstep of Dram Club member, perfect for those of us that love surprises that aren’t “Hey, it’s only June, but also it’s June!”.

Dram Club Whisky for June:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for June:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for June:

Dram Club Gin for June 2020:

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Get a head start on Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is on the horizon and you know it always comes around too fast. Get ahead of the curve by sorting out a brilliantly boozy gift that can be…

Father’s Day is on the horizon and you know it always comes around too fast. Get ahead of the curve by sorting out a brilliantly boozy gift that can be delivered straight to his home.

You know it’s only a few weeks until Father’s Day, right? These occasions have a habit of creeping up on you and it’s easy to panic buy and be the child who buys dad another pair of silly socks or branded mug. We sympathise. Father’s Day is arguably the most difficult occasion to shop for. Dads always say they don’t need anything. And that’s probably true. So you need to buy him something he really wants. A bottle of something special may just be your best bet in your quest to remind your dear old dad how much he’s appreciated. Where can you find one of those? Right here. That’s where.

Get a head start on Father's Day!

The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set 

Our very own Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set is very much a home-run when it comes to great Father’s Day gifts. It says Father’s Day on it, for a start. It really looks like you made an effort when you buy something like this. Especially as we guarantee there are five 30ml drams of superb whisky from world-class producers in this exclusive set. Plus, right now it’s over 25% off. 

The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set Contents:

Scallywag

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old – The Character of Islay Whisky Company

The ONE Sherry Expression

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old

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Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

Warming, spicy and utterly delicious, this well-rounded single malt from The Balvenie was initially aged in traditional oak casks before it was finished in casks which previously held a select blend of Caribbean rums chosen by malt master David C. Stewart MBE. Perfect for those who love a good Scotch and for those who want something with a touch of the tropical to mark all this good weather we’re having.

What does it taste like?

Tropical fruits, namely passion fruit, sweet vanilla, apples, mangoes, orange and creamy toffee.

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Talisker 10 Year Old 

If sweet maritime peatiness, orchard fruit and pleasant spice sounds like the kind of profile your pops would enjoy, then you’d have a hard time bettering this classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Talisker 10 Year Old is one of those classic expressions that’s always got a welcome spot in any good drinks cabinet.

What does it taste like?

Smoke, sweet pear and apple peels, maritime salt, seaweed, peat, black pepper, brine and dry barley. 

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Jaffa Cake Gin

What if your father isn’t fussed with whisky? For those who have something of a sweet tooth, we recommend Jaffa Cake Gin. Yep. It’s a gin made to taste like Jaffa Cakes and even includes the timeless treat in its botanical selection. Now we’re talking. An insanely delicious Negroni awaits. Extra dad points are awarded if they position an actual Jaffa Cake on the glass in the style of a citrus wheel garnish.

What does it taste like?

Zingy orange (marmalade-esque), rich and earthy chocolate, vanilla-rich cake, a touch of almondy-goodness and a solid backbone of juniper. Also, Jaffa Cakes!

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Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva 

If rum is more your dad’s thing, then you’ll want a good premium expression that boasts a large number of fans and a trophy cabinet like Michael Jordan. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is a delightful blend of dark rums distilled from molasses in ancient copper pot stills before being matured in small oak casks for up to 12 years. This Venezuelan treat is delicious served neat or in cocktails like an Old Fashioned or Daiquiri.

What does it taste?

Dark chocolate, vanilla cream, espresso, orange peel, liquorice and sweet toffee fudge.

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Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008 

It’s hard to underestimate the brilliance of a seriously good bottle of red wine, which is exactly what we have here. This Gran Reserva comes from one of the most famous producers in the Rioja region, Bodegas Faustino and the 2008 vintage was crafted from Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes. By law Gran Reserva Riojas have to age for at least five years (two of them in oak). All that time means that by the time you reach for the corkscrew the wine has taken on some seriously complex flavours, which are best enjoyed when paired with roast lamb.

What does it taste?

Rich and subtly oak, but still manages to show off some bright summer fruit sweetness.

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Bathtub Gin

If you’re on the lookout for classic juniper-forward gin, you might as well go for a serial award winner. From Ableforth’s comes this year’s World’s Best Compound Gin at the World Gin Awards, Bathtub Gin. It was named for the 1920s Prohibition method of infusing botanicals in a bathtub, but don’t worry, this tastes a little more sophisticated than that. It was crafted with six botanicals using an interesting technique known as cold compounding. The result? An aromatic, rich profile filled with notes of orange citrus, fragrant spices and a good core of juniper. 

What does it taste?

Juniper-rich bouquet, cardamom, orange blossom and cinnamon.

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Dram Club – May 2020

Maybe you’re ready for May, and maybe you’re excited to see what delicious treats may reside withing May’s Tasting Sets for Dram Club members. Maybe we are too. Time is…

Maybe you’re ready for May, and maybe you’re excited to see what delicious treats may reside withing May’s Tasting Sets for Dram Club members. Maybe we are too.

Time is currently a bit weird and hard to keep track of, but the calendar upon my wall is really very sure that it is now May. No matter how much a disbelieve and distrust it, I will acquiesce that the calendar probably knows more about what the date is than I do. Dates are kind of the calendar’s area of expertise. That and pictures of good dogs. Anyway, May! A new month, and that mean new Tasting Sets for Dram Club members! Let’s see what will be in the sets this month…

Dram Club Whisky for May:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for May:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for May:

Dram Club Gin for May:

Dram Club Rum for May:

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Dram Club – April 2020

April has finally arrived, and there are new Tasting Sets for Dram Club members to be had. Let’s see what drams are hiding within these cardboard cuboids… It might have…

April has finally arrived, and there are new Tasting Sets for Dram Club members to be had. Let’s see what drams are hiding within these cardboard cuboids…

It might have felt like four or five months squashed together haphazardly, but March is over and we’re into April. With this new month brings another round of Tasting Sets for Dram Club members to get their hands on, all filled with lip-smacking tipples. Reckon it’s about time we see which aforementioned drams await the aforementioned members inside the aforementioned Tasting Sets.

Dram Club Whisky for April:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for April:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for April:

Dram Club Gin for April:

Dram Club Rum for April:

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Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Make sure you’re her favourite this Mother’s Day – these are the most delicious gifts to put a smile on her face (and cement your position as top child) on…

Make sure you’re her favourite this Mother’s Day – these are the most delicious gifts to put a smile on her face (and cement your position as top child) on 22 March!

Choosing the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be a tricky game. You want to make her day. You want to be the generous one round the table. But, if you’re like us, you probably don’t want to spend a fortune either. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve scoured the warehouse shelves to pick out some of our favourite liquid pressies guaranteed to delight both your mum’s palate and your wallet. Hurrah! 

(Pssst… for the latest deals and even more gift ideas, check out our dedicated Mother’s Day page!)

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Silent Pool Gin Gift Pack, £62.95

If your mum adores all things juniper and is also partial to the prettier things in life, we can think of no better pressie than Silent Pool’s gorgeous Gift Pack. Not only is there a full-size bottle of delicious gin (botanicals include chamomile, lavender and honey locally sourced from the Surrey Hills), but there’s a pair of striking glasses, too! She’ll just have to share that G&T with you…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Two Swallows Cherry & Salted Caramel Rum, £23.95

This flavoured rum is right up our street – and it could well be perfect for your mum, too! The rum base comes from Guyana’s Diamond Distillery (a MoM Towers’ fave), and with cherry and salted caramel too, it’s almost like a Bakewell Tart in a bottle! We also adore the 20s vibes the label is serving us. Winning all round!  

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old, £41.75

An absolute classic from the world of Scotch whisky, this 12 year old, sherry cask-finished Glenmorangie single malt is a joy to behold. The influence from the Oloroso and PX casks used in the latter stages impart delectable dark chocolate, honey and dried raisin notes – a highly giftable bottle, especially if your mum likes her whisky on the luxuriously creamy side…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Manchester Gin – Raspberry Infused £33.95

If your ma likes to try her hand at mixing drinks, this is a marvellously versatile gin. Infused with oodles of raspberries, Manchester Gin’s fruity concoction works splendidly in a Bramble, a Gin Smash, a twist on a Martini, or even splashed into a glass of fizz. A perfect gift, or one to snap up now so you can make her a drink on Mother’s Day…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Premium Gin Tasting Set, £19.95

What if your mum’s a bit of a drinks chameleon? Perhaps exploring a world of different tipples is her favourite pastime? We’ve got all sorts of solutions! This Premium Gin Tasting Set looks the part, and comes with five deliciously different 30ml expressions to keep her entertained. But what if she likes whisky, rum, Tequila, vodka, something else? We’ve got all bases covered with our Tasting Sets range. You could even build your own for something truly tailored!

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Bowmore 15 Year Old, £52.90

Perhaps your mum is of a peated whisky persuasion and you’re stuck for what to get her. We’re big fans of Bowmore 15 Year Old, a classic Islay expression that balances that signature smoke with the rich dried fruit sweetness from its sherry cask finish. She’d have to share a dram with you – which means she’d get the gift of a catch-up, too. Two pressies in one! 

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

J.J. Corry The Sonas, £59.95

Ok, ok, we’re a bit biased on this one. But it’s our very own Irish whiskey, so how could we not be! Our editor Kristy actually blended this one with our buyer Guy, under the watchful eye of J.J. Corry founder Louise McGuane. A proper sunshine dram (‘Sonas’ means ‘happiness’ in Irish Gaelic), full of fresh fruitiness, creamy vanilla and caramelised pecan notes. And, if you buy a bottle from the J.J. Corry range, you could win a trip to Ireland to blend your very own bottling, too! That would make an epic Mother’s Day gift…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Bathtub Gin, £28.95

A multi-award-winner, Bathtub Gin is made using a traditional cold compounding method which sees the likes of juniper, orange peel, coriander, cassia, cloves and cardamom-infused in copper pot-spirit for up to a week. The botanicals are depicted on the gift tin as well, which makes it as pretty as a bunch of flowers, but with the added bonus that you can actually drink it. What more could your mum possibly want?!

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Aske Stephenson Garden Bramble, £28.83

We’re well on-board with this pre-mixed cocktail delight. Take the traditional blackberry-based cocktail and add in a host of florals, including elderflower and clary sage, and you get this delectably refreshing sipper that you can simply serve over ice, or give it a go with tonic. Another one that makes a cracking gift, or alternatively it’s an easy solution for pre-Mother’s Day dinner apéritifs. We think of everything. 

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

That Boutique-y Gin Company Fruit-y Gin Gift Set, £19.95 

Another splendid solution to Mother’s Day gifting dilemmas if your mum is into all things gin. This brightly colourful gift set features four 50ml bottles of four fabulously flavoursome expressions (Cherry Gin, Chocolate Orange Gin, Strawberry & Balsamico Gin and Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin) from That Boutique-y Gin Company! It’s a taste extravaganza that’s highly giftable and we’re here for it. 

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Dram Club – March 2020

After an extra-long February, we’ve made it to March, and we’re ready to see what Dram Club members will be finding in their Tasting Sets (as well as spring –…

After an extra-long February, we’ve made it to March, and we’re ready to see what Dram Club members will be finding in their Tasting Sets (as well as spring – we’re very ready for spring).

Dependent on whether you follow Astronomical or Meteorological definitions of spring, that glorious season is either just around the corner or has just arrived. Either way, we’re 100% here for it. We’ve had quite enough of winter and its seemingly endless supply of storms that have the same names as people we know. It has started to test our friendship with folks called Ciara, Dennis and Jorge. But it’s March! The weather has the potential to clear up, and we’ve got another batch of Dram Club Tasting Sets to check out!

Dram Club Whisky for March:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for March:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for March:

Dram Club Gin for March:

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Valentine’s Day gifts that they’ll love

Save yourself the panic of finding the perfect Valentine’s Day present by indulging in one of these brilliantly boozy gifts.  The day of enforced romance is upon us. And you…

Save yourself the panic of finding the perfect Valentine’s Day present by indulging in one of these brilliantly boozy gifts. 

The day of enforced romance is upon us. And you know that a box of chocolates isn’t going to cut it anymore. To truly set the stage for romance, you need something personal, something impressive. For those who have a passion for the stronger stuff, that means something boozy.

But, let’s be honest, finding that perfect something can feel impossible. Who has the time to rifle through all those waves of present ideas trying to figure what feels ‘right’? Well, don’t fret, because we’ve rounded up the most romantic expressions we have at MoM Towers to save you the stress of searching. Who knows, you might even get lucky – they might share some of their new booze with you!

If you’re still stuck, then you can always check out our gift ideas, pick yourself up a gift voucher, blend or personalise your own whisky or let our gift finder ensure that the perfect present will be yours. 

Valentine's Day gifts that they'll love

Valentine’s Day Tasting Set

The Valentine’s Day Tasting Set (above) is the obvious place to start for those in need of a pressie.  Within this set, you’ll find five different 30ml wax-sealed drams of gin, complete with a snazzy sleeve that leaves a space for you to write something original and romantic (or something you found while Googling) to your loved one.

Valentine’s Day Tasting Set contents:

Hernö Gin, Salcombe Gin – Start Point, Elephant Gin – Elephant Strength, Japanese Gin and Rhubarb Triangle Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

 

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Eden Mill Love Gin

Another ideal gift in gin form, Scottish craft brewer Eden Mill made the delicious Love Gin with juniper, coriander seed and angelica as well as rhubarb root, rose petal, goji berry, elderberry, marshmallow root and raspberry leaf, before infusing this tasty treat with hibiscus flowers post-distillation.

What does it taste like?

Floral, fresh and zesty with juniper, clean lime citrus, strawberries and cream, red berries, rose and slightly sweet hibiscus.

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Compass Box Flaming Heart

If you’re stuck for something to get for the whisky-lover in your life, then Compass Box Flaming Heart ticks all the boxes: it’s delicious and it’s got a festive(ish) theme. This powerful and smoky expression was made by blending whisky from Caol Ila, Clynelish, Deanston and more before it was bottled at 48.9% ABV.

What does it taste like?

Coastal air, fiery peat, honey on toast, vanilla pod, drying Christmas spices, oatcakes, salted butter, orange, clove and a very slight touch of raisin cookies.

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Mermaid Pink Gin

Pink is basically the official colour of Valentine’s Day (I’m a fuchsia man myself) so a delicious pink gin seems an appropriate present. We recommend this beauty from The Isle of Wight Distillery, a delicious variation of the excellent Mermaid Gin which was infused with island strawberries. This addition not only gives Mermaid Pink Gin a sweeter profile, but also that delightful pink hue.

What does it taste like?

Light and bright, the strawberry notes arrive right away, supported by citrus and slowly building juniper spice. Samphire gives is a coastal edge, while hints of liquorice root and coriander develop later on.

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Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

Giving your lover roses on Valentine’s Day can be bad or badass depending on how you play it. Lazily buying an old, wilted bouquet that 100 other people have bought from the same store because you’ve run out of ideas? That’s bad. Plumping for a bottle of the sweet, rich and intense Four Rose Single Barrel 100 Proof? That’s badass. You know what to do.

What does it taste like?

Chocolate, toffee, vanilla, tart stone fruits, prunes, baking spices, morello cherries, oak and butterscotch

 

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The Lakes Rhubarb & Rosehip Gin Liqueur

At this time of celebration, you may be tempted to pop open a bottle of bubbly and toast your love. With the right liqueur, you can do that in style. Add The Lakes Rhubarb & Rosehip Gin Liqueur to a glass of sparkling wine (or tonic water, for that matter) and you’ll be rewarded with a subtle, balanced and delicately sweet drink that looks as good as it tastes.

What does it taste like?

Tart rhubarb starts things off, with a prickle of peppery juniper and creamy angelica to balance it out. Lighting floral fragrance develops throughout.

 

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Dram Club – February 2020

We’ve looked at the calendar, checked the star charts, and consulted the sundial – we’re definitely in a new month, and it’s time to see what Dram Club treats February…

We’ve looked at the calendar, checked the star charts, and consulted the sundial – we’re definitely in a new month, and it’s time to see what Dram Club treats February has in store!

The long month of January is finally over! We can do away with all the “Oooh, what’s 2020 going to be like?” mystery and just get on with the year – and frankly, we’re looking forward to the short month of February, to give us a bit of–… Oh, it’s a leap year this year, so February is longer than usual. OK, never mind then, let’s just get on with it and see what Dram Club members will be receiving in their Tasting Sets this month!

Dram Club Whisky for February:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for February:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for February:

Dram Club Gin for February:

Dram Club Rum for February:

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Master of Malt Dram Club – January 2020

Just like we predicted, 2020 did in fact appear right after 2019 ended. And with that, another batch of Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets is ready – what…

Just like we predicted, 2020 did in fact appear right after 2019 ended. And with that, another batch of Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets is ready – what a way to start the New Year!

Like clockwork, a new year has arrived. This time it’s called 2020, following the same sequel naming format of ‘adding one to the number on the end’ that movies and video games pioneered. Predictable, but pleasing none the less. What wonders does 2020 hold? Will someone finally invent better crisps? Will there be hot new memes? Only time will tell. However, right now is the time for the first mystery of 2020 to be unveiled – let’s find out what drams are in January’s Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets!

Dram Club Whisky for January:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for January:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for January:

Dram Club Gin for January:

Dram Club Rum for January:

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