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Daftmill Single Cask Lotteries & Charity Auction

Heard rumblings of a very tasty single cask Daftmill and want to know how you can get your hands on some of it? Well, we’re splitting our allocation of this…

Heard rumblings of a very tasty single cask Daftmill and want to know how you can get your hands on some of it? Well, we’re splitting our allocation of this hotly anticipated expression between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction.

The Daftmill Distillery in the Lowlands has been quietly making whisky since 2005, but it only released its first ever bottling last year. Since then, a very small handful of further releases have made their way to shelves, all of which have been excellent and tend to fly off of the aforementioned shelving units. As such, excitement for more single malt from Daftmill keeps on growing. Recently the distillery released a few single cask expression, including one exclusive to the UK. Distilled in 2006, it was allowed to rest in a single first-fill bourbon barrel (#021/2006) until 2019, when it was bottled at cask strength with an outturn of only 234 bottles. As you might expect, people have been eager to get their hands on it.

Daftmill Single Cask

Very shiny Daftmill deliciousness…

We were lucky enough to get a small allocation of 9 bottles of this single cask Daftmill. With demand high and bottles scarce, we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction. For a little more detail on why we’re doing this, check out our punchily-titled blog post from 2016. For a little more clarity on the three methods, here’s a short explanation of our three-pronged approach…

Prong 1) Three bottles will be turned into 30ml Drinks by the Dram samples (drams) so that as many people as possible can taste the whisky. These drams will be allocated for sale by lottery.

Prong 2) Three bottles will be sold as full bottles, again allocated by lottery, with the following statement on the back of each: “I, [your lucky winning name], hereby swear not to sell this bottle – but to drink it with my chums. May my taste-buds and olfactory bulb shrivel and die if I should break my word.

Prong 3) The final three bottles will be sold via auction with everything over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) going to Malaria No More UK to help fund their efforts of eradicating a disease that is especially deadly to children under five. You can find out more about our chosen charity here.

So, you know the “what”, the “why”, and the “how”, let’s get to the “when” and “where”.

Daftmill Single Cask Lottery and Auction Timeline:

All the action will be taking place on the Daftmill 2006 (cask 021/2006) – Single Cask page, and all the times are in BST. Set reminders on your phone, put post-it notes on your face, teach your dog how to speak and memorise dates. Maybe do a combination of all three to really make sure you don’t forget. If you’re getting involved in any of the lotteries or the auction, we wish you the best of luck!

Dram Lottery

Wed 28 Aug 16:00 – Thu 29 Aug 14:00
– The Dram Lottery is over! All winners and losers will be contacted. We received a total of 632 entries for only 69 drams!

Bottle Lottery

Thu 29 Aug 16:00 – Fri 30 Aug 14:00
– The Bottle Lottery is over! All winners and losers will be contacted. We received a total of 1,109 entries for only 3 bottles!

Bottle Charity Auction

Fri 30 Aug 16:00 – Mon 2 Sept 14:00

Enjoy, folks!

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Master of Malt Auctions returns for a pre-Christmas whisky fiesta!

Love the thrill of an auction? Us too. Which is why Master of Malt Auctions is back with one final whisky bonanza this side of Christmas, featuring a Lagavulin Feis…

Love the thrill of an auction? Us too. Which is why Master of Malt Auctions is back with one final whisky bonanza this side of Christmas, featuring a Lagavulin Feis Ile bottling, 38 year old Royal Salute, and a particularly tasty Talisker from Diageo’s Special Releases way back in 2003

Ready to rock and roll, team? We’ve got one final fabulous flurry of Master of Malt Auctions bottlings set to go up for auction this side of Christmas. And we reckon there’s a bottling (or ten!) that will take your fancy.

Up for auction from 3pm today until Tuesday evening are ten sensational Scotch whiskies. They are all unusual in some way – either limited edition bottlings, stuff with some serious age, or they were limited to travel retail the first time round. There’s all kinds of tastiness. And bidding gets under way soon!

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Master of Malt Auctions Round 3 incoming!

Master of Malt Auctions is back with another pre-Christmas chance to get your mitts on some deliciously rare and sumptuously unusual bottlings. And you get to set the price! Hurrah…

Master of Malt Auctions is back with another pre-Christmas chance to get your mitts on some deliciously rare and sumptuously unusual bottlings. And you get to set the price!

Hurrah and huzzah! After two successful rounds of lots, Master of Malt Auctions is back with a whole new haul of rare, hard-to-find and highly sought-after boozes. And we’re just in time for you to snap up an incredible bottling for your Christmas table!

Get set for 3pm today – that’s then the proceedings will get under way. And we have got a whole load of goodies for you! 47-year old single grain, rare Scotch single malts, epic bourbons, incredible Port, out-of-this-world rum, and an eye-popping Armagnac… it’s our most mouth-watering line-up yet. And it’s all live until Sunday evening Here’s the squad in full…

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Master of Malt Auctions: Get set for Round 2!

Last month we kicked off Master of Malt Auctions, a brand-new way to snap up incredible bottlings at delicious prices. Now we’re back with another haul of extraordinary booze! Cast…

Last month we kicked off Master of Malt Auctions, a brand-new way to snap up incredible bottlings at delicious prices. Now we’re back with another haul of extraordinary booze!

Cast your mind back a mere two weeks. We kicked off Master of Malt Auctions with a bang, with you setting the prices on a bunch of glorious whiskies, including Littlemill 27 Year Old – Private Cellar Edition 2017, Glen Grant 1970 and Bladnoch 29 Year Old – Bicentennial Release! The time has come for round 2 and a fresh batch of incredibly exciting spirits!

From 3pm today, we will go live with these particularly appealing bottlings, spanning sensational Scotch whiskies, hard-to-find Irish whiskey expressions, a highly sought-after English whisky release, and even a delectable rhum Agricole. Hurrah!

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Whisky auctions: The great, the good, and the delicious!

Here’s why we think whisky auctions are great – and why you’re about to see loads more of them on Master of Malt! For the love of great drinks. That’s…

Here’s why we think whisky auctions are great – and why you’re about to see loads more of them on Master of Malt!

For the love of great drinks. That’s why the top team here at MoM Towers got into the whisky game. And that’s why we keep striving to bring you the most delicious products, money-can’t-buy competition experiences and the news views shaping all things booze.

Which is also why we’re about to kick off a whole host of product auctions, with many an incredible bottling about to hit the lot spotlight. We’re talking a 1953 Glenfarclas, a Tomintoul 40 Year Old, and even Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) – Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve!

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Very Exciting Whisky Auction Alert: Macallan 40yo AND 50yo are here!

Fans of The Macallan listen up: we’ve only gone and got one bottle of The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak and one bottle of The Macallan 50 Year Old!…

Fans of The Macallan listen up: we’ve only gone and got one bottle of The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak and one bottle of The Macallan 50 Year Old! Clearly these are two very exciting single malt Scotch releases, and we’ll be auctioning both here on the site, with everything over RRP being donated to our nominated charity, Malaria No More UK.

So. The Macallan’s super-old expressions are highly sought-after (and are, frankly, exceedingly delicious). 40-year-old and 50-year-old releases just don’t come along every day. These are proper once-in-a-lifetime bottlings from a classic Speyside distillery, and interest is high. So, following on from our The Macallan in Lalique 65 Year Old – Peerless Spirit auction last year (when we raised over £6k for Malaria No More UK!) it’s time for its 40- and 50-year old siblings to take the spotlight!

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The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old: Lotteries and Charity Auctions

Hello, fellow whisky lover. You might’ve heard about a little thing called The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old. Well, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on six bottles…

Hello, fellow whisky lover. You might’ve heard about a little thing called The Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Old. Well, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on six bottles – and this is what we’re gonna do with ’em.

Want to find out when this is all going down? See the timeline below.

If you’re not sure what all the faff is about, let us explain. This extraordinary bottling is a blend of single malt whiskies aged entirely in Mizunara casks for at least 18 years. Mizunara oak is only found in a few regions in Japan, so it’s pretty hard to come by; it’s also soft and porous, so it’s not particularly great at retaining liquid. Suntory Whisky persevered, and released just 1,000 bottles of this unbelievable whisky worldwide – of which we’re delighted to have six.

To say this bottling is highly sought-after is an understatement. It has an RRP of £1,000, but a quick Google search confirms that it’s going for way more than that already (Think double that price, or even more…), which is why we’ve decided to split our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction.

This has been the case with rarities like this for the past few years (most recently, the hotly-anticipated Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017, and before that, the Yamazaki Sherry Cask Release, to name just a few). If you’re wondering what the hell we’re on about, we invite you to read this post for an in-depth explanation.

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017: Lotteries and Charity Auctions

The enormously popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back for 2017! Once again we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction…

The enormously popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back for 2017! Once again we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction (with profits over RRP donated to Malaria No More UK). After all, we want as many people as possible to taste the good stuff, while doing some good!

To find out when this is all going down, see the timeline below.

As some of you may recall, our ‘first-come-first-serve’ method caused some, erm, drama back in 2015, so last year we decided to implement a brand new system – splitting our entire Buffalo Trace Antique Collection allocation between 30ml drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions. That meant hundreds of you had the chance to taste the goods. Because, after all, it exists to be enjoyed!

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Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2017 Charity Auction!

Thanks to one very, very generous customer, we’ve got our hands on a bottle of Bowmore’s 11 year old Fèis Ìle 2017 release, which we’re auctioning to raise lots of…

Thanks to one very, very generous customer, we’ve got our hands on a bottle of Bowmore’s 11 year old Fèis Ìle 2017 release, which we’re auctioning to raise lots of marvellous moolah for our chosen charity, Malaria No More UK!

It’s time for another charity auction, folks! But this time round it’s going down a little bit differently. A wonderfully generous Master of Malt customer by the name of Lala donated a *signed* Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2017 bottle for us to auction and raise funds for Malaria No More UK – and we were more than happy to oblige!

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Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish is back in the building!

We’ve received an allocation of three bottles of Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish direct from the supplier, and we’re going to split the bounty between a two-bottle lottery and 30ml drams!…

We’ve received an allocation of three bottles of Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish direct from the supplier, and we’re going to split the bounty between a two-bottle lottery and 30ml drams!

The exciting news that three bottles of the single malt Scotch whisky are currently in stock does come with certain realities. While all of us here at MoM Towers are thrilled the bottles are back, it does mean that, with thousands of interested customers, there will be some disappointed people whatever we do.

Acknowledging the price and availability of the product, we decided that splitting the stock up between a lottery (see timeline below) and drams was the fairest way to proceed. While there’s no age-statement, the whiskies that were blended for this release were distilled in the 1990s (so they are between 15 and 25 years old) and Mizunara is a highly unusual cask finish. Individual bottles are being sold for a considerable price (£1,195.00, RRP). Given this is the case, there will be no auction.

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