The Nightcap: 17 August

The weekend is here, folks! And with the promise of two days of raving (or behaving) comes this week’s Nightcap, our digestif of the week’s top booze news stories. Enjoy!

Step away from that keyboard, put the high viz down. The weekend is here! While you unwind with a dram, why not catch up on the week’s goings on from the world of drinks?

On Monday, Annie explored the world’s best spirits-themed hotels for booze lovers, while on Tuesday Adam brought us his top tipples for the upcoming bank holiday weekend (soz if you don’t get the bonus day off where you are!). Then, on Wednesday, Annie checked out the delectable world of savoury gins – herbal is most definitely delicious in our book. Then yesterday we published our chit-chat with Alasdair Day, co-founder of R&B Distilleries, where he shares the family history of all things Tweeddale. It was a good week indeed!

But what other liquor-related activities else went down this week? We’re glad you asked…


Categories : Cocktails, Cognac, Gin, News, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 3 August

Down tools, unplug the laptops and close those books, folks. It’s Friday, it’s the weekend and The Nightcap is here with your latest measure of boozy news!

Helloooooo Friday! You’ve made it to the weekend. Well done, one and all. And, as has become custom here at MoM Towers, we have The Nightcap here for you – our handy distillation of the week’s biggest drinks stories in one easy-to-digestif post.

But first, let’s recall the week that was over on the blog!


Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Vodka, Whisky
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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!

Categories : Cocktails, Cognac, Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Vermouth, Whisky, Wine
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The Nightcap: 22 June

Another week comes to a close, so it’s time for a round-up of booze stories to help you start your weekend with a brain full of knowledge – it’s The Nightcap!

It’s Friday! Unless you’re in Australia, where it’s probably next Wednesday. For those of you in Oz, keep powering through hump day. For everyone else, it’s time to grab a tasty beverage and have a gander at the booze news from this week with The Nightcap.

And today has been a news fest! If the Nightcap wasn’t enough for you, Macallan owner Edrington announced its financial results with a bit of a bang: as well as posting 7% growth, it also announced plans to sell Glenturret and Cutty Sark. Wowzers.

Elsewhere on the Master of Malt blog this week; Annie looked at the world of Bourbon alongside Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and picked out the blends you’ll want to boast about. Sam took a glance at Tomatin’s turnover (of the money variety, nothing to do with delicious baked goods). Kristy headed (just) north of the border to taste the first whiskies from the Annandale Distillery, and looked at how everyone goes to the pub when it’s sunny.

Henry didn’t quite share the enthusiasm for the sunny weather this week, as he introduced us all to Light Strike Awareness Day (it’s a thing), as well as showing off his knowledge of popular Scotch whiskies around the world, and exploring an upcoming Island distillery.

Phew. On the with booze news!

Categories : American Whiskey, Beer, Cocktails, Cognac, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Macallan-maker to sell Cutty Sark and Glenturret as sales hit £706 million

Calculators at the ready, folks – Edrington, the company that makes The Macallan, Highland Park and Famous Grouse, among others, has just released its financial results for the year to March 2018. And in the document the company announced it’s looking to sell the Cutty Sark and Glenturret Scotch whiskies! We investigate what’s going on and crunch the sums after sales climbed 7%* to £706.7 million.

It’s all change for spirits-maker Edrington. It’s a case of out with the old for Cutty Sark and Glenturret, and in with the new (THAT new Macallan distillery) as sales climb and stats are bolstered.

Categories : News, Scotch Whisky
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The Nightcap: 1 June

That’s another week in the books, folks. Now’s the time to crack out a tasty beverage and kick back with our round-up of this week’s booze news – The Nightcap!

You might not have noticed, but a portion of the team has been over on Islay getting involved in all things Fèis Ìle 2018. This has included coopering at Lagavulin, Hawaiian shirts at Bruichladdich, being stranded at Caol Ila, bung curling at Laphroaig, pizza ovens at Bowmore, hoopla at Kilchoman, and many dogs. The festivities continue over the weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for more from the team.


Categories : Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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See inside the new Macallan distillery!

Last month we were spirited away to Speyside for something very special indeed: a sneak-peek, behind-the-scenes tour of The Macallan’s remarkable new single malt whisky distillery and the opportunity to quiz the people behind it. Of course, we jumped at the chance…

When a press trip starts with a non-disclosure agreement, you know you’re on to something good. That’s exactly how we kicked off proceedings in the sumptuous surroundings of Easter Elchies House, The Macallan’s spiritual and very traditional home, in mid-April. The sizeable Speyside estate was bathed in sunshine, from the incredible warehouse farm at the top of the hill (The Macallan matures every single one of its 300,000-odd whisky casks on-site), down to the broad and babbling River Spey, swollen by late snowmelt in the spring warmth.

In between lies the focal point of the visit. A 120-metre-long, spaceship-like, undulating swathe cut into the rolling hills of the estate, small triangular vents popping up from the complex, grass-covered roof formed from 2,500 tessellating elements. A giant, continuous glass fluctuation fronts the whole thing, sleek and rippling like the River Spey itself. This is no ordinary distillery.

Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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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! 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!


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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The Nightcap: 23 March

It’s Friday, team! In this week’s edition of The Nightcap we take in not one but two super-rare, eyewateringly priced whiskies, count the cost of all that drunk shopping, eye up a gin diploma (yes, really) and even dip our toes into the world of interior design all in the name of English sparkling wine. Blame Pantone.

But before we get stuck in, let’s recap the biggest stories from the week in booze over on the blog. We started proceedings with a quick trip to Australia when we chatted to Starward’s founder David Vitale, exploring the meaning of ‘distinctly Australian whisky’. Then we checked our diaries and realised Easter is incoming. Eschew those chocolate eggs – we’ve got the best alternatives with an ABV rating instead! We also gave you a Battle of the Blends update and invited you to join the judging panel, before we hopped over to Texas for a Balcones bulletin as the brand marks its 10th anniversary year. If that’s not enough, we sent our Adam on a magical mystery evening courtesy of Glenlivet Code, AND we won a super-duper award – Icons of Whisky Global Online Retailer of the Year!

Caught your breath? Good, because we’re about to kick off again. And be warned… you might want to be sitting down when you read the prices of the first two whiskies…

Categories : Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Wine
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #23: The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

It’s 23 December, which means that after today, there will be just one lonely dram left in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is almost over!

As #WhiskyAdvent draws to a bittersweet close, you’re probably eager to get straight to the point and savour what’s behind window #23.

I’m going to let you do just that! And this one is just what you want on a chilly evening as you persistently bat the cat away from the dangling decorations on your tree – a dram of reliably excellent sherried Scotch single malt from The Macallan!

Which Macallan would that be, per chance? Why it’s… The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak!


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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