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Master of Malt Dram Club – October 2019

The spookiest month of the year is here, but there’s no reason for Master of Malt Dram Club members to be scared opening up their Tasting Sets – they’re full…

The spookiest month of the year is here, but there’s no reason for Master of Malt Dram Club members to be scared opening up their Tasting Sets – they’re full of tasty spirits (the liquid kind, not… Oh, forget it).

The parcel arrives on your doorstep, and you have no idea what is inside. You pick it up with trepidation and carry it inside, holding the parcel at arm’s length, as if it was dachshund-sized lobster. You place the parcel on a table and slowly begin to open it, the anticipation growing with every passing second. Finally, the last bit of packaging is removed, and you can’t help but scream. It’s… It’s… It’s some absolutely delicious drams in your latest Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Set!

Dram Club Whisky for October:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for October:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for October:

Dram Club Gin for October:

Dram Club Rum for October:

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Master of Malt Dram Club – September 2019

A new month means brand new Tasting Sets for our very own Master of Malt Dram Club, and we’re giving you a peek at what you can expect to find…

A new month means brand new Tasting Sets for our very own Master of Malt Dram Club, and we’re giving you a peek at what you can expect to find magically appear on your doorstep if you’re a Dram Club member.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life doesn’t give you lemons and instead gives you a reason to write an intro to a blog, make a tangential link between its subject and an old, well-known phrase. So, if you’re a member of our Master of Malt Dram Club, don’t expect to find a a bag of lemons arrive at your door this month – expect some terrific drams! Yes, this was extraordinarily tangential, and frankly on the verge of being nonsense. It may also be confusing if you did actually order lemons from another source. We suppose at that point you may as well make some lemonade – perhaps one of your drams will pair well with it…?

Dram Club Whisky for September:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for September:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for September:

Dram Club Gin for September: 

Dram Club Rum for September:

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Pre-order your delicious booze-filled Advent Calendars now!

Perhaps you’re a festive forward planner. Or maybe you just can’t resist the idea of a dram a day in the run-up to Christmas. Either way, we have news: Drinks…

Perhaps you’re a festive forward planner. Or maybe you just can’t resist the idea of a dram a day in the run-up to Christmas. Either way, we have news: Drinks by the Dram’s delectable drinks-filled Advent Calendars are available to pre-order now!

Deck the halls, jingle those bells, and ready the tasting glasses. Drinks by the Dram’s epic booze-filled Advent Calendars are almost here! The 2019 collection has been revealed, and there are more ways than ever to get into the Christmas spirit this December.

Each and every Advent Calendar is filled to the brim with delectable drinks. 24 different 30ml drams, one for each in the Christmas run-in, to be precise. From all manner of whisky, gin and rum, to Tequila, Cognac and other more intriguing options, there is an Advent Calendar for every taste (good to know if you’re planning on treating the drinks geek in your life – we recommend, ahem, self-gifting, too).

Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars

Drinks by the Dram’s Advent Calendars are back!

And there’s a whole load of tasty newness! We’re especially excited about The Calendar of Curiosities, an esoteric selection comprising thoroughly unusual gins, whiskies, rums, mezcals and more (sotol, anyone?). It’s all wrapped up in a shiny new look across the main Calendar spectrum. Advent now looks as good as it tastes.

So, what does the full team line-up look like? Feast your eyes on the 2019 Advent selection of dr(e)ams and pre-order yours now, for shipping mid-October!

Main Collection

Drinks by the Dram’s 2019 Advent Calendars have a whole new look! These beauties look as good as the drams hidden away inside…

The Cognac Advent Calendar

The Cognac Advent Calendar – £149.95

The Old and Rare Advent Calendar

The Old and Rare Advent Calendar – £999.00

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – £149.95

The American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar

The American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar – £124.95

Explorer Editions

Specially-curated selections for an Advent journey of discovery!

That Boutique-y Gin and Whisky Calendars

Gorgeously illustrated and irresistibly delicious…

Icon Advent Calendars

The absolute ultimate in Advent luxury, hand-waxed and presented in a bespoke box, nestled in a leather satchel. These calendars contain some of the rarest whiskies on earth!

Classic Advent Calendars

Adore Drinks by the Dram’s classically-shaped box? We’ve got a stash right here! Don’t panic – they’re up to date with the latest 2019 contents, even if there’s something familiar about the exterior…

Classic exterior, the latest 2019 contents within!

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Master of Malt Dram Club – August 2019

Had quite enough of July and its roulette-wheel-style weather selection and slightly disappointing blockbuster movies? Well buckle up, bub – August is here, and it’s got a bunch of new…

Had quite enough of July and its roulette-wheel-style weather selection and slightly disappointing blockbuster movies? Well buckle up, bub – August is here, and it’s got a bunch of new Tasting Sets for Master of Malt Dram Club members!

We’re back for another month of decidedly delicious Master of Malt Dram Club escapades! If those words mean nothing to you, here’s the 411, folks. Sign up for Dram Club and every month you’ll receive a Tasting Set delivered to your door via the magic of the postal service (the actual postal service, not the indie band from the mid-2000s). You can choose between Whisky, Rum or Gin, or even get fancy with Premium Whisky or Old & Rare Whisky. You’re also able to gift a membership to someone who you reckon would love to immerse themselves in a particular spirit. If you want to know what sort of thing people are finding in these Tasting Sets, you’ve come to the right place – here’s what Dram Club members are receiving in August!

Dram Club Whisky for August:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for August:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for August:

Dram Club Gin for August:

Dram Club Rum for August:

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Master of Malt Dram Club – July 2019

And like that, we’re in to the second half of 2019, and we’re ready to see what Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving in their terrific Tasting…

And like that, we’re in to the second half of 2019, and we’re ready to see what Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving in their terrific Tasting Sets!

After a weekend in a field listening to a gamut of musicians and enduring what seemed like an all out attack from our favourite sphere of hot plasma at the middle of our Solar System, you might think that we’d be a bit weary and sunburned right now. You’d be wrong. Well, about the first thing. We’re pretty jazzed to show off what treats are in store for our Master of Malt Dram Club members in July! We are very sunburned, though. You were right about that.

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Fantastic Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is coming; you need a gift. But there’s no need to panic. We’ve got all kinds of fantastic booze-based presents right here! On 16 June we have a…

Father’s Day is coming; you need a gift. But there’s no need to panic. We’ve got all kinds of fantastic booze-based presents right here!

On 16 June we have a welcome opportunity to show our dads how much we appreciate them. Father’s Day is when we say thanks and give a little bit of love to the father figures in our life. But man can they be hard to buy for.

That’s why we’re here to make it easier. From tasting sets to gift vouchers, our snazzy Father’s Day gift ideas page complete with our shiny new gift finder – we’ve got it all. It’s so simple you’ll be wondering why you ever thought you’d need to leave the house. You should never want to leave the house. Inside is warm and has Netflix.

We’ve also rounded-up a spectacular range of drinks in one handy little blog post just to give you an idea of the kind of treats you can buy for your old man. It beats socks, right?

Happy Father’s Day, all!

The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set 2019

Yer da loves whisky, right? But which whisky? What style does he like? Do they have a preference of distillery? What if you get it wrong? These are all questions that can go through the mind of someone trying to buy their dad whisky. But in the The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set 2019 (an exclusive made for us by our good friends Drinks by the Dram), none of this matters. That’s because each set contains five different 30ml drams of terrific whisky from world-class producers, so there’s bound to be something he loves inside.

What’s inside?:

The contents of the The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set 2019 includes: Tamdhu 10 Year Old, Lagavulin 8 Year Old, 1792 Small Batch, Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky and Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old.

The Father’s Day Gin Tasting Set 2019

Drinks by the Dram have created, just for us, the perfect Father’s Day gift for any gin lover. This tasting set features five different 30ml drams of delicious gin from a range of superb producers, exactly the kind of thing you’d want if you were looking to find a new favourite juniper-based libation…

What’s inside?:

The contents of the The Father’s Day Gin Tasting Set 2019 includes: Hernö Gin, Salcombe Gin – Start Point, Elephant Gin – Elephant Strength, Japanese Gin and Rhubarb Triangle Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company).

Glengoyne 12 Year Old

An especially approachable bottling for newcomers and a welcome dram for experienced whisky drinkers alike, Glengoyne 12 Year Old is a wonderfully-made whisky with a clean, fresh profile and plenty of depth of flavour. You just can’t go wrong with this one.

What does it taste like?:

Toffee apples, a little acacia honey, nectarine in syrup and spice, over-ripe grapes, coconut milk, oak spice and coffee supported by toasted barley and chocolate ice-cream in the background. Yum!

Peaky Blinder Spiced Dry Gin

One for the Tommy Shelby fans out there. For those not in the know, the Peaky Blinders were a street gang from the late 19th/early 20th Century that became the basis for a very popular TV show. This spicy gin is no gimmick, however, as its medals at both the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the International Spirits Challenge in 2018 demonstrate.

What does it taste like?:

Ginger and black pepper make for a spicy opening, though well balanced by ample helpings of ripe orange, oaky cassia, oily juniper, and hints of eucalyptus and coffee bean.

Rumbullion!

If rich, full-bodied rums are what you’re looking for this Father’s Day, then look no further than the proudly maritime Rumbullion! Part of the fantastic Abelforth’s range, this spiced rum was created using a blend of high proof Caribbean rum, creamy Madagascan vanilla, zesty orange peel, a handful of cassia and cloves and just a hint of cardamom.

What does it taste like?:

Intense, sweet vanilla, flamed orange zest, cardamom, old-fashioned cola, Manuka honey, molasses, candy floss, toffee apples, crème brûlée and a fabulous mix of thick cut bitter orange marmalade and tingling, zinging spices from cloves and cinnamon.

Forest Gin

A family-made small-batch gin, Forest Gin is a real labour of love. Karl and Lindsay Bond made it using their own copper condenser with local spring water as well as a blend of classic gin botanicals (think organic juniper berries and coriander seeds) and bundles of foraged botanicals (wild bilberries, gorse flowers, raspberries and local moss) from Macclesfield Forest which were processed using a pestle and mortar. That’s dedication.

What does it taste like?:

Plenty of earthy forest floor notes, sweet berries, moss, rooty liquorice and spice from cassia and cinnamon.

WhistlePig 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask – Old World (Master of Malt)

Why not make your father feel really special this year by getting him a gift he can’t find anywhere else, like this Master of Malt exclusive bottling of 12-year-old rye whiskey from WhistlePig! Finished exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks and released as part of the Old World series, this is a sublime sherried rye whiskey.

What does it taste like?:

Bucketfuls of dried fruit, with sweet caramel and vanilla, new leather, wonderful rich sherry notes and a pinch of tobacco alongside prominent warming spicy notes and orange oil.

Manchester Gin

Emblazoned with the bee from Manchester’s coat of arms and featuring the dandelion and burdock root, Manchester Gin is a delightful celebration of the North. It was created with 12 botanicals in total, including juniper, ground almond, coriander, angelica and citrus peels, all of which were distilled in Wendy (a copper pot still, just to be clear) by couple Jen Wiggins and Seb Heeley (who aren’t copper pot stills, just to be even clearer). A string of awards has followed since its release, which should come as no surprise to anyone who’s tasted it.

What does it taste like?:

Earthy and creamy with a pleasant sweetness and balancing juniper and citrus.

Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Gift Pack with x2 Glasses

If you want to really spoil the father in your life this year, then why not get him a delightful gift pack? This particular edition features a beautiful pair of glasses perfect for enjoying a 70cl bottle of Rémy Martin’s stunning 1738 Accord Royal, a Cognac created to celebrate Louis XV’s decision to grant a young Rémy Martin the right to plant new vines on his land (banned in France at the time) with the Accord Royal in, yes, you’ve guessed it, 1738.

What does it taste like?:

Ripe fruit and vanilla with a slightly herbal vinous note and pronounced, but not overpowering, oak finish.

Fortaleza Añejo

A family occasion should be celebrated with a good bottle of booze created using generations of knowledge passed down through a rich family history. That’s exactly what Guillermo Sauza had on his side when he launched Fortaleza in 2005, bringing back the traditions of previous generations at the family distillery to make expressions like this delicious añejo, which was aged for 18 months in American oak casks.

What does it taste like?:

A beautiful combination of agave and butterscotch, sultanas and mixed peels. Oily, complex, outstanding.

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Master of Malt Dram Club – June 2019

June. It’s June. Somehow, right now, it is June! 2019 is speeding past! With that in mind, let’s take a look a what Master of Malt Dram Club members will…

June. It’s June. Somehow, right now, it is June! 2019 is speeding past! With that in mind, let’s take a look a what Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving this month…

We’re halfway through 2019, which often comes as a shock. It feels like just yesterday we were toasting to the new year, crossing our fingers and hoping that 2019 was going to be cooler than 2018. That was many yesterdays ago, and now it is today, the first day of June 2019 already. If you fancy taking a moment to slow down and reflect with a tasty tipple, and you’re a Master of Malt Dram Club member, then you’re in luck – we’ve got the scoop on what you’ll be receiving in your Tasting Sets this month! Let’s have a gander…

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Master of Malt Dram Club – May 2019

Oh hey, it’s May! I say, on this Wednesday, without delay… Right, doing that rhyming has become tiresome. Let’s look at this month’s Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets! Since…

Oh hey, it’s May! I say, on this Wednesday, without delay… Right, doing that rhyming has become tiresome. Let’s look at this month’s Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets!

Since everyone on the internet is heavily concerned about spoilers right now, whether they’re about great swaths of super powered celebrities or people fighting over a regal chair or something along those lines, we feel like we need to say that there will indeed be spoilers in this blog post… Spoilers about what our Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving in their Tasting Sets this month! What an elaborate ruse we played on you there. Quite the gambit, we’re sure you agree.

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Master of Malt Dram Club – April 2019

The customary shenanigans of the 1st of April have no place here. This is all about stone cold facts. This is what our Master of Malt Dram Club members will…

The customary shenanigans of the 1st of April have no place here. This is all about stone cold facts. This is what our Master of Malt Dram Club members will be receiving this month!

Look, we know everyone is going to be wary of everything posted on the internet today. We’ve all looked at Twitter this morning and seen some brand doing something silly. We’ve all gone on Facebook and seen that one relative posting something that barely counts as a prank followed by countless laughing-face emoji. No horseplay here, though. Not with your monthly update about what deliciousness you’re going to find in your Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets.

So, here’s what to expect in April’s Dram Club 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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Master of Malt Dram Club – March 2019

Spring has kicked down the door a little early this year, politely ushering winter out and re-introducing us to our old friend March! Let’s see what this month has in…

Spring has kicked down the door a little early this year, politely ushering winter out and re-introducing us to our old friend March! Let’s see what this month has in store for Master of Malt Dram Club members…

It’s once again time to see what delicious drams members of our very own Master of Malt Dram Club will be receiving in the post this month. If you’re unfamiliar with all this awesomeness, here’s the 411. You sign up for Dram Club, picking whether you’d like to receive Whisky, Premium Whisky, Old & Rare Whisky, Gin or Rum, and each month we’ll launch a Tasting Set contains five different 30ml drams of your chosen tipple to your door. You can even gift subscriptions to people if you know someone would love finding some new about their favourite drink. It’s pretty nifty, even if we say so ourselves.

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