fbpx
Created by potrace 1.12, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2015

We're just loading our login box for you, hang on!

Master of Malt Blog

Tag: El Dorado

Our super Summer Sale is here!

Roll, up, roll up! It’s time to give the at-home bar a bit of a boost. Our Summer Sale is here, and it’s filled to the brim with all things…

Roll, up, roll up! It’s time to give the at-home bar a bit of a boost. Our Summer Sale is here, and it’s filled to the brim with all things delicious! 

Ok, we know that summer 2020 isn’t shaping up to be what we would have wanted. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have delicious things in our tasting glasses! Our epic Summer Sale is now on, which means you can save a bargain on a whole host of whiskies, gins, rums, tequilas and oodles more. Boozes that please your palate as much as your wallet? Consider summer back on!

As well as the lush load of delectable spirits we’ve got at amazing prices until Sunday 16 August, our Weekly Deals and Daily Deals are back by popular demand! Every day we’ve chosen some of our favourite bottlings available with even more dosh off. Keep your eyes peeled – and head over to our Summer Sale page now to see the whole lot!

Can’t be bothered to sift through all the bottlings and just want the highlights? Here are some of our top bottlings to star in the Summer Sale, some in the first week (3-9 August). Happy sipping, folks!

 

Summer Sale

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky – was £53.90 NOW £44.90

Right here we have really rather delicious single grain whisky from Japan’s Miyagikyo distillery! Coffey stills changed the whisky game, and now you can enjoy this expression’s syrupy, bourbon-like vanilla, vibrant fruit and fresh biscuit notes for an absolute bargain price!

 Summer Sale

Jaffa Cake Gin – was £27.95 NOW £24.95

A gin that does exactly what it says on the tin: a boozy treat that takes just like Jaffa cakes! It’s divinely defined by a jammy orangeness, cocoa deliciousness and a junipery oiliness. The perfect summer treat, ideal over ice, and especially delectable in a Negroni. 

 

Summer Sale

Tomintoul 23 Year Old 1996 (cask 103) – Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr) – was £128.95 NOW £88.95

Single cask Scotch fans, listen up! We’ve got an absolute treat for you right here. This beaut was aged in one single hogshead from November 1996 to January 2020 – and it is a cask-strength delight. Single casks are always the happy home of fun flavour experiences, and this one doesn’t disappoint. 

Summer Sale

El Dorado 15 Year Old – was £52.95 NOW £47.95

If you adore boldly beautiful Caribbean rums, then you need El Dorado 15 Year Old in your life. It was rated best rum in the world at the IWSC for four years on the bounce, for goodness’ sake! It brings together spirit from the Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, the Port Mourant double wooden pot still, and the Versailles single wooden pot still, and it is delightful indeed. 

Kyrö Dark Gin – was £35.95 NOW £29.95

Fan of cask-aged gins? Then you need to check out this expression from Finnish distillery, Kyrö. The rye base contributes a lively warmth, while 17 (yes 17!) botanicals add both complexity and intrigue. Then the whole lot spends 12 months in American oak barrels! It’s zingy and delicious – and wonderful with apple juice.

Snapped up a bargain? Let us know what you got and what you think of it over on social! We’re @masterofmalt on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

No Comments on Our super Summer Sale is here!

Six bold rums to toast Rum Month

You might know this collection of 31 days as July, but to us here at MoM Towers, it’s Rum Month! To mark the occasion we’ve selected some stand-out expressions we…

You might know this collection of 31 days as July, but to us here at MoM Towers, it’s Rum Month! To mark the occasion we’ve selected some stand-out expressions we think you’ll love.

We’ve reached July, folks, which might have passed you by with everything that’s been going on. But now that the sun is gingerly making an appearance and life has some semblance of normality again, this is as good a time as any to take a moment and try to relax. Particularly as July is Rum Month! That’s right. A whole 31 days to celebrate all things delicious, distilled and rummy. There’s only one thing to do with that information. Indulge in some of the finest rums you can find. Thankfully we’re very good at making that process incredibly easy. Click away!

Rum Month

Central Galactic Spiced Rum

A rum that boldly goes where no other rum has gone before. Ok, that’s not strictly true, but we can assure you that Central Galactic Spiced Rum doesn’t just offer the chance to make all kinds of space puns, but that it tastes tremendous. The creative folks behind this expression added pot-distilled fresh raspberry distillate, star anise and cold-distilled lime peel aromatic to Caribbean spiced rum to create this (inter)stellar bottling. I apologise for nothing.

What does it taste like?

Oily orange peel, liquorice, juicy raspberry sweetness, orange marmalade, rich brown sugar, toffee, zingy lime peel, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla pod.

Rum Month

Gosling’s Black Seal 151 Proof 

You may be interested to know that Gosling’s combined rums from both pot and continuous column stills to make this super-strength bottling. Or perhaps you’ll be intrigued to learn that this classic rum’s name comes from the black wax that was originally used to seal the bottles. But the most important information we can tell you about this rum is that it’s very tasty and will make a sublime Dark ‘n’ Stormy, a cocktail that’s actually trademarked by Gosling Brothers.

What does it taste like?

Dark fruits, sweet spices, fresh herbs and fruitcake.

Rum Month

El Dorado 3 Year Old White Rum 

The legendary Diamond Distillery that sits on the east bank of the mighty Demerara River in Guyana makes all kinds of delicious rum, but the El Dorado brand is probably what it’s best known for and with good reason. This charcoal-filtered, cask-aged three-year-old white rum is incredibly versatile and can be used as a base for a number of different cocktails.

What does it taste like?

Coconut, icing sugar, tart citrus, cocoa, dark brown sugar and buttery toffee.

Rum Month

Signature Blend #1 (That Boutique-y Rum Company)  

The first release from That Boutique-y Rum Company’s Signature Blend range, this tasty treat was developed with Pete Holland (of The Floating Rum Shack) to make the best gosh darn Daiquiri you’ve ever had. It features a combination of unaged rum from Martinique and some particularly bold aged rum from Jamaica and can be used in a number of different serves. But do yourself a favour and embrace its Daiquiri potential. You won’t be disappointed. 

What does it taste like?   

Conference pears, foam banana sweets, dried pineapple rings, a little watermelon, a touch of pink grapefruit tartness, classic Martinique grassiness, vanilla oak, stewed winter fruits, salted caramel, ginger root and a prickle of black pepper spice.

Rum Month

Pull The Pin Raspberry & Strawberry Rum 

This expression from Pull The Pin is packed full of classic British summertime deliciousness, which makes it the ideal July bottling. The combination of raspberry and strawberry makes this a balanced, light and sweet flavoured rum that you can pair with all kinds of different mixers.

What does it taste like?

Crunchy sugar, strawberries and cream sweeties, a hint of jam on brioche, some citrus sharpness.

Rum Month

Two Swallows Cherry & Salted Caramel Rum        

Combining salt and caramel was already a genius move that has improved all of our lives immeasurably. But throwing cherry into the mix? We’re through the looking glass now folks, and it tastes like delicious rum. Rockstar Spirits created this delight with rum from Guyana’s Diamond Distillery that was infused with maraschino cherries, black cherries, caramel and a pinch of rock salt. 

What does it taste like?

Packed with honey and caramel, fruity esters drifting up through the richness. Just a touch of savoury salt notes arrive later on, balanced by juicy cherry and fresh banana.

2 Comments on Six bold rums to toast Rum Month

Gaze upon our exceptional whiskies and more!

With payday on the horizon after working hard all month, you deserve a reward for all your efforts. It’s time to treat yo self. January is nearly over, folks. It…

With payday on the horizon after working hard all month, you deserve a reward for all your efforts. It’s time to treat yo self.

January is nearly over, folks. It might feel like it’s taken forever, but the end is in sight. You’ve pushed through the drab and dreary, shaken off those winter blues and made peace with your lack of New Year’s resolutions. Who needs ‘em anyway? Not you.

Now you want to celebrate the approaching payday with a little well-earned indulgence. Perhaps an experimental Scotch whiskey, or the World’s Best Gin 2019? Maybe a legendary Guyanese rum or a marvellous mezcal? You might even want something new and shiny… Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re bound to find it here. Enjoy!

Sazerac Straight Rye

Sazerac Straight Rye was named after the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans, the birthplace of the eponymous cocktail. This spicy rye whiskey from the Buffalo Trace distillery is ideal for said serve, but is equally delicious neat. 

What does it taste like?:

Sweet spices, stem ginger in syrup, orange zest, freshly ground black pepper, mixed peels, peanut butter, toffee and barrel char.

Glenfiddich – Fire & Cane

We all like to embrace our experimental side every now and again, and for those who want Scotch with a point of difference, the Glenfiddich Experimental Series is an obvious place to start. Fire & Cane was created by malt master Brian Kinsman by giving some of the distillery’s peated single malt a three-month finishing period in rum casks that were selected from a variety of South American countries. 

What does it taste like?:

Rich sweet toffee, zesty fresh fruit, Highland peat campfire, toffee and sweet baked apple.

El Dorado 12 Year Old

The desire for rum to get more of the spotlight has been palpable for some time in this industry, but with so much competition in the market and such a variety of styles and expressions, those who want to upgrade their rum game might not know where to start. We recommend this outstanding 12-year-old Demerara rum from El Dorado, which has won numerous awards and accolades for its complex and refined profile.

What does it taste like?:

Toffee, vanilla, smoke, cocoa, caramel, prunes and sweet spices.

Benromach 10 Year Old

Benromach 10 Year Old is one of the finer entry-level expressions you find in the Scotch whisky market and thanks to its singular profile. Inspired the classic pre-1960s Speyside character, it makes for an intriguing dram even for seasoned Scotch drinkers. The fruity, balanced profile with a light touch of smoke comes from the fact that it was lightly peated to 12-14ppm and then matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

What does it taste like?:

Dry barley, sweet spices, puckering prune, maple fudge, slightly herbal, grassy, ground ginger and dry sherry.

 

Montelobos Joven Mezcal

An ideal expression for mezcal lovers and newcomers to the category alike, Montelobos Joven Mezcal was created by biologist and distiller Iván Saldaña and Mescalero Don Abel Lopez with espadín agave using traditional production methods. It’s also got a bottle with a cool-looking wolf on the label. What more could you want?

What does it taste like?:

Gentle wood smoke, green bell pepper, underripe green apple, blue cheese, a delicate mineral streak, subtle smokiness and ripe tropical fruit.

 

Dingle Original Gin

The winner of the World’s Best Gin at the 2019 World Gin Awards, Dingle Original Gin was made with locally foraged botanicals, including rowan berry, fuschia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather from the south-west coast of Ireland. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better G&T than the one you’ll make with this beauty,

What does it taste like?:

Juicy and sweet with authentic summer berry notes, followed by fresh herbs (think mint leaf and fennel).

 

No Comments on Gaze upon our exceptional whiskies and more!

10 deliciously warming rums

They’re warming. They’re delicious. And they’re not just for Christmas. But they are particularly delicious this time of year. Rum is a go-to for many who want a good winter warmer….

They’re warming. They’re delicious. And they’re not just for Christmas. But they are particularly delicious this time of year.

Rum is a go-to for many who want a good winter warmer. It’s versatile in cocktails, it’s often full of festive spices and it tends to satisfy those with a sweeter tooth. But there are so many expressions around now, it can be hard to narrow down which bottling you should go for. 

That’s why we’ve done the hard part for you and created this collection of some of the most sublime spirits we have at MoM Towers. Enjoy!

Rumbullion! Chilli & Chocolate

Chilli and chocolate is a winning combination, as we all know. That’s why it wasn’t a surprise when Abelforth’s decided to add that delicious duo to its already sublime Rumbullion! Criollo cocoa nibs, chipotle chillies and jalapeño chillies were used to create the profile that we reckon would be smashing in a deluxe hot chocolate…

What does it taste like?:

Intense bittersweet dark chocolate leads with earthy red chilli warmth, creamy vanilla. coffee beans, nutmeg, red cola cubes and orange zest in support. 

Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23

Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23, a sensational Guatemalan rum that’s won more awards than Meryl Streep, was blended using the solera system and matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. It’s a firm favourite of ours for good reason and a real show-stopper at social occasions.

What does it taste like?:

Very sweet and nutty with honey, chocolate, dark brown sugar, pipe tobacco, molasses and gentle smoke.

Foursquare Spiced Rum 

Foursquare is one of the best spiced rums on the market from one of the best rum distilleries around. The actual recipe is a family secret passed down through five generations, but you should be able to detect cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, which are gently blended among other ingredients at the centuries-old site.

What does it taste like?:

Spicy and sweet with notes of peppermint, nutmeg, toffee apples, gingerbread, Christmas cake, marmalade and parsley. 

Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend

Appleton is one of the finest rum distilleries in the world and if you haven’t experienced any of its delightful expressions, then Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend is a great place to start. Plus it was made by the wonderful Joy Spence, who were big fans of here at MoM Towers.

What does it taste like?:

A thick, nutty and spicy expression with notes of vanilla, salted butter, rich molasses and toasted oak.

Pineapple Grenade Spiced Rum 

Pineapple Grenade is a spicy, fruity and fun expression made with 100% molasses rum from the sublime Diamond Distillery in Guyana. The spirit is then imported into the UK where it was infused with a secret spice mix as well as a blend of pineapple and salted caramel. This is perfect for those who love a bit of Tiki in their lives.

What does it taste like?:

Tangy mango and pineapple, layers of caramel and a touch of ginger.

Five Hundred Cuts Botanical Rum

One of the more intriguing trends of 2019 was the emergence of botanical rum, such as this from bottling from the distilling arm of BrewDog. Five Hundred Cuts was distilled from sugar cane molasses, which was fermented with red wine yeast and rum yeast for seven days before it was then double pot distilled. Then botanicals, including orange peel, lavender, schezuan peppercorns and cardamom were then re-distilled in the spirit, while cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, tonka bean, ginger, and allspice, were steeped in the spirit for 14 hours. The two spirits were finally blended and finished off with a touch of muscovado sugar. It’s quite the process and the resulting rum is suitably delicious.

What does it taste like?:

Coca-cola, dark chocolate, caramel, cardamom and rich dark sugar combine with more aromatic notes like ginger, orange peel and cloves.

Cut Smoked Rum 

A rum that should appeal to fans of peated whisky is not something that’s usually readily available. However, those who prefer the smokier side of things should be satisfied with this tasty rum. The base of Jamaican rum was smoked using oak chips to impart that signature flavour.

What does it taste like?:

Struck match, coffee bean bitterness balanced by vanilla.

El Dorado 12 Year Old

Any fan of rum will have good things to say about the Demerara Distillers Limited distillery, Guyana, who produce the fantastic El Dorado rums. The 12 Year Old is the perfect introduction to its range, a rich, complex and downright delicious tipple.

What does it taste like?:

Sweet vanilla, dark chocolate and brown sugar, then some syrupy dried fruit, zesty notes of marmalade and rich spice.

Ron Izalco 10 Year Old

Ron Izalco 10 Year Old is a delightful blend of Central American rums produced from volcanic sugar cane molasses which were aged in ex-bourbon barrels oak casks for a decade. This is one to be sipped and enjoyed.

What does it taste like?:

Fresh red chilli heat balanced by sweeter tropical flavours and citrus, alongside creamy caramel and fragrant honey, with a pinch of tobacco and a handful of raisins.

Caroni 20 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rum Company) 

As independent bottlings of rum go, Caroni 20 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rum Company) might just be the finest you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. It’s hard to get your hands on spirit from the legendary closed distillery, such is the popularity of its rums, but thankfully That Boutique-y Rum Company managed to squirrel some away and it’s every bit as fantastic as you would imagine.

What does it taste like?:

Medicinal smoke, warm rubber, homemade blackcurrant and raspberry jam, ripe banana, manuka honey, muscovado sugar, rich vanilla, game meat, coffee beans, rancio truffles, drying wood spice and bread and butter pudding. 

 

No Comments on 10 deliciously warming rums

Ten delightful dark rums to enjoy beyond Rum Month

Similar to how dogs are not just for Christmas, rum is not just for Rum Month. As July nears its end, we take a look at ten terrific dark rums…

Similar to how dogs are not just for Christmas, rum is not just for Rum Month. As July nears its end, we take a look at ten terrific dark rums for you to enjoy now and savour during months that aren’t quite lucky enough to be officially designated as Rum Month.

All good things must come to an end, and that includes Rum Month. However, there is nothing stopping you from taking the things you have learnt during Rum Month and applying these lessons to other months of the year. Y’know, months like August, March, November, et cetera. We may not have mentioned your favourite month there, but rest assured, other months do exist.

No Comments on Ten delightful dark rums to enjoy beyond Rum Month

Master of Cocktails – Guyana’s not French, but the Melon is

Greetings #MasterofCocktails fans. Trust everyone had a pleasant Bank Holiday Weekend? Did you have a cocktail to see it on its way? We certainly did… This week we’re making a…

Master of Cocktails Guyana's Not French

Greetings #MasterofCocktails fans. Trust everyone had a pleasant Bank Holiday Weekend? Did you have a cocktail to see it on its way? We certainly did…

This week we’re making a suitably tropical number, that I think we’ll call ‘Guyana’s not French, but the Melon is’ (if you were making along with us on Monday, you’ll note that I took my own advice from last week and came up with the name for this cocktail before finishing it).

No Comments on Master of Cocktails – Guyana’s not French, but the Melon is

Master of Cocktails – I’m a Fun Guy

Right then everyone. Are we all ready for this week’s #MasterofCocktails? We’re going somewhat off-piste this week, making a riff on the Boulevardier, but introducing massive Umami by firstly subbing…

Master of Cocktails I'm A Fun Guy

Right then everyone. Are we all ready for this week’s #MasterofCocktails?

We’re going somewhat off-piste this week, making a riff on the Boulevardier, but introducing massive Umami by firstly subbing the Campari for Cynar and secondly garnishing with a pickled Shiitake Mushroom, courtesy of the Pitt Cue Co. Cookbook.

The acid-umami it adds to the drink is truly wonderful, and transformative. If there was ever a cocktail for food…

No Comments on Master of Cocktails – I’m a Fun Guy

Ask #WhiskySanta… He’ll grant one wish per day!

Greetings, chums. It’s your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being here, Whisky Santa! Around this time of year, I always start feeling particularly generous. Usually I just give the reindeer…

Whisky Santa Pug

Greetings, chums. It’s your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being here, Whisky Santa! Around this time of year, I always start feeling particularly generous. Usually I just give the reindeer some extra carrots and be done with it, but this year, I’m going all out with the presents for drinks fans. I’ve already upgraded 1 in 10 Whisky Advent Calendars to Premium Whisky Advent Calendars, and now, I’m going to grant one wish per day for you lucky people!

13 Comments on Ask #WhiskySanta… He’ll grant one wish per day!

Ron de Jeremy Special Offer

Every year people everywhere wait excitedly for one jolly fat man to come. …and this year we’re proud to announce one of the finest Christmas gifts ever to grace our…

Christmas Special Offer

Every year people everywhere wait excitedly for one jolly fat man to come.

…and this year we’re proud to announce one of the finest Christmas gifts ever to grace our humble shelves. That’s right folks, a Ron de Jeremy special offer! Hurrah and huzzah!

The offer is this: buy a bottle of Ron de Jeremy (just £28.95) and get a handsome Ron de Jeremy T-Shirt absolutely free! (worth £14.95) Oh my crivvens!

No Comments on Ron de Jeremy Special Offer

Mezan Rum

We recently got the full range of Mezan rums in, and we’re very excited about them. You see, it’s rum as it should be, rum approached in much the same…

We recently got the full range of Mezan rums in, and we’re very excited about them. You see, it’s rum as it should be, rum approached in much the same way a malt lover looks at whisky; vintages, distilleries, and all non-chillfiltered and unadulterated.

Let’s start out with the Grenada Westerhall 1998. It’s much like a Lowland whisky, in that it offers up that light, delicate and elegant flavour profile we’ve come to love from distilleries like Rosebank and Glenkinchie… It’s utterly beguiling. The distillery itself is based on a sugar estate which has been family-owned for three centuries, and during that time it produced both sugar and rum, though it didn’t bottle its own product until 1978. The rum, made in a column still, is known for its light character, and is much less smoky than its counterparts in Jamaica or Guyana (which we’ll discuss shortly).

2 Comments on Mezan Rum

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search