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The Nightcap: 27 July

As a bevy of drinks companies post their full-year results, let’s get down to business with this week’s The Nightcap.

Greetings from another Friday! You’ve made it through a week, which is always an achievement of note and worthy of commemoration. As you settle into the weekend, do so with a brain full of booze news – get ready for another edition of The Nightcap!

Firstly, let’s look at the week that was here at MoM Towers. Our Annie chatted to whisky industry legend Charles MacLean, and then got us ready for London Mezcal Week by interviewing festival co-founders Thea Cumming and Melanie Symonds. Kristy introduced yet another whisky-based excursion to add to our ever-expanding bucket list with the Hebridean Whisky Trail. Sam said goodbye to Rum Month with a run-down of ace dark rums. Henry showed us why we shouldn’t fear the sommelier, and gave us a look at the new range of Mortlach whiskies due to hit shelves later this year. And finally Sam drilled down into Diageo’s results. On that note, on with The Nightcap booze news and those all-important numbers!
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Categories : Cocktails, Cognac, Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Vermouth, Whisky, Wine
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The Nightcap: 25 May

Happy Friday, team! It’s a wrap on the week that was, which means we have another edition of The Nightcap for you! Read on for news of distillery developments, brilliant new bars, and intriguing product developments…

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday… (you’re welcome for the earworm). It’s time to down tools for the weekend and reflect on another seven days in drinks.

Before we crack on with The Nightcap proper, let’s recall another stellar week on the blog. On Monday we got set for the Chelsea Flower Show with Annie’s round-up of deliciously floral whiskies – whether plants are your thing or not, it’s a sublime list of sunny-day sippers. Then on Tuesday we were VERY excited. We got to share a sneak peek inside Macallan’s new distillery following our secret visit back in April. It’s definitely one to add to the bucket list!
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Categories : Cocktails, Competitions, Gin, Irish Whiskey, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila
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Q&A: Dalmore master blender Richard Paterson

Paterson

Scotch whisky personality, author, educator, expert, and, most importantly, accomplished master blender. Richard Paterson – the man behind Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn and more – talks independent bottlers, auction houses, and why the “cask is king”…

He secured the title of master blender at Whyte & Mackay at the age of 26, and earned the nickname, ‘The Nose’, for his exemplary olfactory skills. He’s a key figure in wine cask finishing innovation and is one of the Scotch whisky’s greatest evangelists. It can only be Richard Paterson, one of the industry’s best known luminaries.

In 2017 – his 50th year in the Scotch whisky industry – Paterson was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards. MoM speaks to the revered whisky showman to discover what it means to be a modern-day master blender…

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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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What will we be drinking in 2018? The IWSC looks ahead…

drinking in 2018

While 2017 might not be over quite yet – there are trees to be decorated, gifts to be wrapped, and many, many mince pies to be scoffed – we can’t help but ponder what we’ll be drinking in 2018. Luckily for us, the International Wine & Spirit Competition has pinpointed the key spirits trends that will shape the year ahead.

Last week, the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) hosted its Annual Awards Banquet at Guildhall, recognising the best producers in the biz for their exceptional bottlings. Since the folk behind the competition assess a phenomenal selection of spirits spanning all manner of categories, they’re particularly well-placed to identify the emerging trends that will inform what we fill our glasses with.

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Categories : Gin, Tequila, Whisky
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Master of Malt named IWSC Online Retailer of the Year!

IWSC Online Retailer Trophy

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded the Online Retailer of the Year Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition for the second time in three years!

Just days after our last pieces of exciting awards news from the DEAs and Icons of Whisky – and capping off a truly extraordinary year – last night we received the Online Retailer of the Year Trophy at the 47th annual International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards Banquet.

This is the second time we’ve received this extremely prestigious IWSC title in the trophy’s three year history, having picked up the inaugural online retailer award in 2014. To be recognised once again by such a well-respected authority across all of wine and spirits is an incedible, slightly dizzying acheivement, and one that obviously makes us burst with pride!
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Public Voting Open Now! – IWSC Online Retailer of the Year Award

IWSC Online Retailer

Readers of this blog and those who follow us on social media will know that we’ve been fortunate enough to win an astonishing number of awards over the last few years, many of them retailer awards within and even beyond the drinks industry. When we do, we always make sure to thank you all. Quite simply, without you – our customers – none of it would be possible.

Last year we were able to make the shortlist for Online Retailer of the Year Award at the International Wine & Spirit Competition as a direct result of your votes. We then went on to take home the inaugural Online Retailer Trophy, something we’re incredibly proud of.

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Public Voting Open Now! – IWSC Best Online Retailer Award 2014

IWSC best indie

It always means an awful lot to us when we win retailer awards at Icons of Whisky (Whisky Mag), or indeed the eCommerce Awards (that one wasn’t even limited to the drinks industry!), and when we do win awards like these, we always make sure to thank all of you, our beautiful customers, for making it possible. We really do love you all.

Fortunately for us, you seem to rather like us too, as we get to see every single day as we read through your amazing feedback! It makes the jobs we all do here at MoM all the more rewarding to see just how much you enjoy using the site for your delicious drinks purchases. Now, if you are of the opinion that we’re a rather good retailer (one worthy of awards, perhaps) then there is one little thing you could do for us…

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Our International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Winnings

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

The folks here at MoM Towers aren’t going to win the World Cup anytime soon. Our team, Bitter Bastards FC, are just a few players short of a full squad and therefore wouldn’t qualify, so the German team has nothing to be worried about… Yet. We’re also not going to win Wimbledon, despite a small subset of us being pretty gosh-darn good at squash (they’re basically the same sport, one just has more passive aggressive connotations and a wall). Oscars? Probably not. Grammys? Unlikely. Nobel Peace Prize? Doubtful at best. Medals for making stunning drinks? Now you’re talking!

That’s right, that little preamble is leading up to us proudly showing off the medals our products scooped up at the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014. We’re always immensely excited and grateful when the products we make are commended by the highly knowledgeable tasters behind these awarding bodies – it really does mean the world to us.

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Categories : Cocktails, Competitions, Gin, News, Rum, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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Public Voting Open Now! – IWSC Independent Retailer Award

UPDATE: After record numbers of consumer votes were received, we’re proud to announce that we have successfully made it onto the final shortlist for the IWSC Independent Retailer of the Year! A huge thank you to every single person who voted!

 

 

IWSC best indie

Whenever we pick up a retailing award or trophy we always make sure to thank you, our customers, for all your support. We really do love all of you, you’re all marvellous and attractive people. Well done you.

We also know that many of you think of us rather fondly, too, thanks to the incredible feedback you leave us. It makes us blush.

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