Essential reading for all your whisky, gin, spirits, beer, wine, cocktails and all things drink news, The Nightcap is a collection of the biggest booze stories from the week that was. Once you’ve read The Nightcap, you’re up to date with developments from the biggest brands and the best bars – all the goings on!

The Nightcap: 4 May

It’s Friday, it’s cocktail o’clock (here in the UK anyway), so there’s only one thing for it. Bring on this week’s round up of all things booze news: it’s The Nightcap!

Happy Star Wars Day, folks! Yep, somehow it’s May already. But no need to fear, The Nightcap is here, bringing you the biggest and booziest news stories from the last seven days!

But before we get into agave-fuelled business deals, new bottlings and all things baijiu, let’s recap the week that was. We kicked off proceedings on Monday with our latest charity auction: snap up the super-rare The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak and raise a marvellous chunk of moolah for our nominated charity, Malaria No More UK! On Tuesday, Adam reported back from the launch of The Singleton’s Malt Master’s Selection – a single malt looking to ‘do a Haig Club’ and make whisky accessible to new audiences. Will it be a success? Time will tell.

Then it was time to reveal not just May’s Dram Club contents, but also the results of the epic Battle of the Blends: Challenge No. 3. Who was victorious? Did your favoured blend win? Find out in the post. And finally, we checked in with The Lakes Distillery’s whiskymaker-in-chief, Dhavall Gandhi, who lifted the lid on his liquid experiments. Intriguing…
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Categories : American Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 20 April

What a week! Nothing ever stands still in the world of booze, but this has been a particularly exciting seven days. Buckle up, folks – The Nightcap is here!

As always, before proceeding it is imperative that we recall the week that was. On Sunday, we celebrated the wonder that is Glenfarclas 105 Day (did you crack open a dram to mark the 105th day of the year?). Then, on Monday, news reached MoM Towers that Diageo was investing a humongous £150 million in whisky tourism, taking in visitor centres across Scotland and even a fancy new Johnnie Walker experience. We can’t wait.

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Categories : Cognac, Irish Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 13 April

Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, but not here at MoM Towers. We’ve got a treat of a Nightcap coming your way to round off the week!

As usual, it’s been a busy seven days in Drinks Land. Over on the blog this week we’ve brought you news of Jameson’s record-breaking year, a tour of English gin distilleries, and what could be the world’s largest Japanese whisky tasting. Plus, we announced the winner of our Esker Honey Spiced Gin ‘catshun competishunzz’ – congrats to our victor and six runners-up!

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Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Cognac, News, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 6 April

We’ve made it, folks. Friday is here, bringing with it the weekend, and of course, this week’s Nightcap. It’s been an indulgent week in the world of booze, and we’ve got tales of travel, luxury imbibing and even a 150-year-old whisky coming right up for you.

But! The Nightcap simply cannot proceed without us casting our minds back to last Sunday. Ahhhh, Easter. A time for friends, family, chocolate, and revealing new distilleries, if you’re part of Team MoM! But the announcement was not all it seemed

After all those high jinks, we unveiled the contents of April’s Dram Club, celebrated being named Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society (thanks, all!), and chatted with Andy Watts, the mastermind behind the beaut that is Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky. Oh, and we caught wind of a new collaboration between Jim Beam and Budweiser. Told you it was a big week, and we’ve not even got started on The Nightcap properly yet…
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Categories : Beer, Cocktails, Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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The Nightcap: 29 March

Happy Fake Friday, one and all! (And apologies for our smugness to those not about to embark on a four-day weekend…) It might be a short working week over here in the UK, but we have a tip-top edition of The Nightcap for you, featuring a major rebrand from a whisky favourite, distillery builds and anniversaries, and very special news indeed for dog lovers. There truly is something for everyone.

But first, it would be remiss of us not to take a moment to recall the week that was. We kicked off events with a Q&A with the one and only David Stewart MBE, malt master at The Balvenie, and met Allison Parc, founder of distinctly French whisky Brenne. We also explored the iconic photographs that line the walls of The American Bar at The Savoy with legendary photographer Terry O’Neill, and we even unveiled the subject of our latest caption (catshun?) competition: a rather fine, if potentially ferocious, feline.

Right. That’s all well and good, but let’s get caught up on the rest of this week’s happenings from the world of booze…
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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…
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Categories : Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Wine
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The Nightcap: 16 March

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In this week’s edition of The Nightcap, Jim Beam fills its fifteen millionth bourbon barrel, a nineties boy band muses its first foray into Tequila, and a bar in the US crafts a cocktail stirred by sound…

But first things first, we couldn’t help but notice that there’s a little celebration happening this weekend called St Patrick’s Day. Perhaps you’re usually a green pint kinda person – and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes we are also green pint kinda people – and you’re looking to bolster your drinks repertoire. Perhaps you’re throwing a big bash and you want to impress people with Ireland-related knowledge. Perhaps you love Irish people more than anything in the world. Perhaps you are Irish. Maybe you just like reading things.

Whichever category you fit into, there’s a blog for that. This week we looked at the past, present and future of poitín, along with some cracking cocktail suggestions and top bottlings. We delved into the world of Irish gin and celebrated the best that the category has to offer. Then we admired the deliciousness that is Irish cream liqueurs, and showed you why you should be drinking them Right Now.

We also caught up with Alex Chasko, master distiller at Teeling Whiskey Company, to talk Irish whiskey innovations, on-site developments, and what the influx of new distilleries means for the sector, and chatted with Waterford Distillery’s CEO and founder Mark Reynier as he distills the ‘world’s first’ biodynamic Irish whiskey.

So loads, then. But wait! There were even more developments from the world of drinks this week. We’ve got the highlights right here…

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The Nightcap: 9 March

A bumper Nightcap lies ahead this week – Metallica swaps shredding for stills with a former Maker’s Mark whisky-maker, Coca-Cola makes its first foray into booze, and Ardbeg Day returns for 2018 sporting a tie-dye t-shirt…

But first! As you’ll be more than aware by now, we’ve been celebrating International Women’s Day all week via a series of interviews with female spirits pioneers who are at the top of their respective fields.

Joy Spence of Appleton Estate, Hannah Lanfear of The Mixing Class, Joanne Moore of G&J Distillers, Emma Walker of Johnnie Walker, and Anna Sebastian of Artesian divulged their paths through what is traditionally a male-dominated industry and shared tips for aspiring distillers, blenders, bartenders and educators everywhere.

If you’re sitting there wondering why the hell we decided to do this in the first place, our editor Kristiane spelled out why we’re celebrating women in booze beautifully here. And for those who are already allies – continue on to this week’s Nightcap. It’s a goodie.

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The Nightcap: 2 March

This week’s Nightcap is all about an interactive Scotch whisky world tour, the world’s largest LGBT cocktail competition, and a robot bartender that reads your brain waves.

On the blog this week, we confirmed that Diageo will soon introduce a female counterpart to Johnnie Walker’s iconic Striding Man, quizzed Beefeater MIXLDN champion Maxim Schulte for his tips on crafting an award-worthy cocktail, and served up a huge slice of Mother’s Day gift inspo with our essential guide.

We also announced the arrival of limited edition Elephant Aged Gin, and there was a fresh bundle of Master of Malt Dram Club sets to boot. Phew! More…

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The Nightcap: 23 February

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Busy few days? Pour yourself something special – The Nightcap is here, and it’s a corker. This week, Hollywood hero Ryan Reynolds bought “the best tasting gin in the world”, Aldi’s animated carrot Kevin was forced to go teetotal, and Jose Cuervo appointed a ‘salt sommelier’ to source the ultimate variety for a cracking Margarita.

Before we start to unpack that bizarre bunch, it’s time to reflect on blogs gone by. Earlier in the week, we detailed Ardbeg’s plans to double its production capacity with a brand spanking new still house and two additional stills, and delved into the fortunes of the rum category following an inspiring discussion at the inaugural Think Rum event.

Esteemed London bar The Gibson beckoned us into the world of savoury gin with its new bottling, and you’ll also find a lesson in Welsh whisky history and its recent renaissance ahead of St David’s Day on Thursday 1 March. Outside of the blog, some surprising news surfaced…

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