The Nightcap: 16 February

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Well, well, well, what do we have here? This week’s Nightcap features a 2,400 gallon cocktail shaker, George Clooney-approved mezcal, and the dawn of a new era in Canadian whisky!

But first, it’s time to cast our minds back, waaay back to…. Well, yesterday evening actually, when we were delighted to be named Gin Magazine’s Icons of Gin Online Retailer of the Year 2018! Cue celebrations, high-fiving, and cocktail toasting.

Elsewhere on the blog, we reconnected with nature at Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (OHD) in Norway’s capital city, sipped on Beefeater’s new strawberry-flavoured pink gin, visited The Macallan’s first ever UK whisky lounge, and asked six drinks aficionados to reminisce over their first spirit love in the name of Valentine’s Day.

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The Nightcap: 9 February

The Nightcap

Naked Swedish people, heart-breaking agave stats, and a newly-formed drinks thinktank that could change the future of booze marketing: it’s The Nightcap.

It’s time to reflect back on the week – and what a week it’s been, largely thanks to the celebrations and general revelry brought about by the most exciting day of the year. Forget Christmas, I’m talking about International Scotch Day. We were absolutely delighted to see so many of you get involved on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #InternationalScotchDay and #LoveScotch. So much so that we compiled them into a post of epic proportions. Click here to see if your dram made the cut…

Elsewhere on the blog, we chatted with Rachel Barrie, master blender at The BenRiach Distillery Company, as she approaches her first year with the Scotch whisky producer, and picked out some dazzling spirits with which you could woo your Valentine (or yourself. That works too). Oh, and we were only bloody named Online Retailer of the Year 2018 by Whisky Magazine in its Icons of Whisky Rest of the World category! We’re almost too excited to tell you about all the other news. Almost…

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The Nightcap: 2 February

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Gin made with foraged plants from the UK’s oldest botanic garden, a world record-breaking Japanese whisky bottle, and an innovative new cocktail menu centered on industrial crop systems top this week’s news bulletin, The Nightcap.

High fives all-round, the dullest month of the year is over. The bright(er) days of February are upon us, bringing a flurry of fresh booze news. Highland distillery Glenmorangie saw January out with the launch of its ninth Private Edition innovation, Glenmorangie Spìos, at the same time as outlining plans for a brand spanking new multi-million-pound still house. Meanwhile Captain Morgan sent the office feral with its ‘posepants’ (‘business on the right, party on the left’, as one Facebook commenter observed).

Also this week, NYC bar The Dead Rabbit announced the launch date of its highly-anticipated Irish whiskey, and we delved into the what, why, and how of being a Scotch whisky blender with Kevin Balmforth and Calum Fraser from Chivas Brothers. Plus, if you’re a Master of Malt Dram Club member, you were treated to a sneak peak of February’s swag. But what else occurred? Let’s take a look…

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The Nightcap: 26 January

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This week in The Nightcap: Diageo’s boundary-pushing plans for Scotch whisky innovation come to light, Cognac house Louis XIII creates the world’s largest crystal decanter, and a Brazilian spirit distillery stakes its claim in Kentucky.

Haggis? Toasted. Bagpipes? Piped. Drams? Relished. Last night, revellers across the globe got busy celebrating the life and work of 18th-century Scottish poet Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns. There was whisky, poetry, ceilidhs, the occasional deep-fried Mars bar – and a distillery milestone to boot. But we’ll tell you more about that later, because it’s time to reflect back on blog-shaped goings-on…

This week we brought you the recipe for the World’s Best Martini following a gruelling competition in London, delved into the past, present and future of ‘drinking vinegars’ with Nonsuch Shrubs, and reflected on how the world’s first ‘female’ bar list highlighted gender imbalance in booze. Oh, and the world’s biggest privately-owned spirits firm (Bacardi) bought the parent company of best-selling ultra-premium Tequila brand Patrón for a whopping US$5 BILLION. Can’t forget that.

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The Nightcap: 19 January

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Pour yourself a drink and pull up a pew: it’s time for The Nightcap. This week ‘The Four Oarsmen’ became the fastest team in history to row across the Atlantic Ocean in this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, KFC debuted gravy-spiked cocktails, and Speyside’s Glenallachie distillery made an important appointment.

On the blog, we remedied the ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’ issue by delving into the fast-growing alcohol-free drinks category, picked out five whisky and poetry pairings for Burns Night, and announced the three winners of our Talisker Instagram competition.

Meanwhile, reports that Diageo plans to launch a ‘Jane Walker’ female equivalent of its Johnnie Walker brand sparked endless debate, and Benromach Distillery revealed plans to boost its warehousing capacity after experiencing a 27% surge in sales last year. But what else has been a-happenin’ in the spirits sphere this week? Let’s dig in…

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The Nightcap: 12 January

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A sober tone presides over this week’s Nightcap, as the industry mourns the passing of Bruichladdich’s Carl Reavey, and Old Monk rum founder Kapil Mohan. Meanwhile, International Scotch Day is set to return for 2018, and XO Cognac’s classification is bumped up to 10 years.

On the blog this week, we highlighted eight progressive wine cask finished whiskies, announced the winner of a two-night trip to the Isle of Skye with Talisker, and chatted all things American brandy-related with Joe Heron, founder and CEO of Copper & Kings, after US wine and spirits giant Constellation Brands snapped up a minority stake in his Kentucky-based business.

Producers on the Emerald Isle had a bumper week after it emerged that Irish whiskey distilleries welcomed a whopping 814,000 of us through their doors in 2017, while exports of those dreamy drams grew by 20% to total a whopping €600 million. Excellent news, we’re sure you’ll agree. Unfortunately, not all news was good news in the spirits world this week…

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The Nightcap: 5 January

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The Nightcap is back for 2018! In our first bulletin of the year, we cover the theft of the ‘world’s most expensive’ bottle of vodka, Diageo comes under fire for a boozy Snapchat ad, and a bartender collective gears up to explore the concept of ‘perfection’ in drinks…

Come on then, let’s be having those New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps you’re planning on joining a vegetable orchestra, or have resolved to loosely base your life on Steve Zissou of 2004 Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou? Maybe you’d like 2018 to be the year you finally learn how to operate a combine harvester?

As for us? We’re resolving to champion those lesser-known spirits categories (aquavit, you’re next…), meet more distillers, brands, bartenders, and industry bods than ever before to keep you fully updated with the latest goings-on, and, ultimately, pack this magnificent blog with the best and brightest of the spirits world for your literary entertainment.

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The Nightcap: 22 December

The Nightcap

It’s the last Friday before Christmas, which means the final edition of The Nightcap for 2017 is upon us. This week’s bulletin features a historic bourbon revival, 47 million bottles of gin, and a Scotch whisky-spiked festive playlist for your listening pleasure.

Guys, we’ve only gone and bloody made it to the end of the year. This might only be the fifth edition of The Nightcap, but we’ve covered some titillating tidbits so far, ranging from the brilliant – distillery milestones, record-breaking spirits collections, captivating campaigns – to the bizarre (voice-activated bourbon-serving machine and futuristic ‘turkey apocalypse’ Christmas dinner, we’re looking at you).

As the countdown to Christmas rumbled on this week, the wider blog brought you news of Campari‘s €52.5 million acquisition of Bisquit Dubouché et Cie, revealed how to #DrinkPositive this festive season with Diageo’s help, and delved into the turbulent and transformative history of Venezuela’s oldest rum distillery, Santa Teresa.

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The Nightcap: 15 December 2017

For many of you, last night was office Christmas party night – i.e. the weirdest night out of the year. If you’re not feeling as bright eyed and bushy tailed as perhaps you usually would, we recommend engineering a tea round and sinking into our weekly round-up for a bit of mental TLC.

As we edge ever closer to that annual thing that everyone is either excited for or dreading, booze news continues to happen. We’ve scooped up these current events morsels into our weekly round-up affectionately and officially named The Nightcap. It’s what you are reading right now. Hello.

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The Nightcap: 8 December 2017

The Nightcap

We can hardly believe Friday’s already rolled back around, but it can only mean one thing – yup, it’s The Nightcap. In today’s edition, we reveal a green future for one of Speyside’s oldest distilleries, marvel at rye whisky made in Fife, and hypothesize about the contents of a futuristic Christmas dinner course named ‘turkey apocalypse’.

This time of year is a curious period for the drinks industry. From distillery to retailer, brand to bar, and everything in-between, the entire sector is working at full throttle to deliver ahead of the big 2-5. Since everyone’s so busy it tends to mean that, aside from an alarming number of Christmas cocktail recipes, our inboxes are invariably devoid of hard-hitting news.

Thankfully, not everyone has been caught up in a Christmas bubble – as such, we’ve pulled together a few of the most notable industry goings-on from this week.

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