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The Nightcap: 18 May

It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here – and with it we’ve got another edition of The Nightcap! Read on for your handy digest of the week’s biggest booze news, all in one useful place!

It’s Friday, folks! Congratulations on making it through another week. It’s been a busy one in the world of all things sippable, so we suggest you get comfy, pour yourself a dram/G&T/anything else that takes your fancy, and join us as we recall another busy seven days in drinks.
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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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Toast the royal wedding! We reimagine the Royal Family as cocktails

Charge your glasses and ready your bunting, folks – the royal wedding is officially upon us! To mark the occasion in the only way we know how, we’ve reimagined 10 of the royal family as cocktail serves. Enjoy!

For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention (and apologies if you’ve been hiding from it all), tomorrow Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and Meghan Markle, actor and activist, will wed at Windsor Castle in what promises to be one of the most quintessentially British shindigs of the entire year.

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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Vermouth, Vodka, Whisky
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Win F1 tickets with Johnnie Walker!

Johnnie Walker F1

  • WIN a pair of Formula One Grandstand tickets for the British Grand Prix!
  • Snap up exceptional Johnnie Walker blended Scotch whiskies at an incredible price!
  • Give your dad the perfect present this Father’s Day!
  • We’ve teamed up with blended Scotch whisky legend Johnnie Walker to celebrate Father’s Day (it’s Sunday, 17 June in UK – don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to get yourself sorted) by giving one lucky winner (and an even luckier plus-one) that chance to be in sparkling attendance at the British Grand Prix with a pair of Formula One Grandstand tickets!
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    Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky
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    Celebrate World Whisky Day with the The Malt Whisky Trail

    The Malt Whisky Trail

    With World Whisky Day taking place this Saturday, here at MoM Towers we thought we’d showcase The Malt Whisky Trail, a wonderful trek through stunning Speyside featuring classic distilleries and plenty of sublime Scotch whisky

    How are you planning on spending this World Whisky Day (Saturday 19th May – come to think of it, I have a feeling there’s some big event on that day…*)? I’m sure we’ll all enjoy some great whisky first and foremost, maybe even schedule a distillery visit, or try a new expression or style.
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    Categories : News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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    London Rye and beyond: East London Liquor Company on English whisky

    Last week, East London Liquor Company steamrollered its original crowdfunding target of £750,000 in a mere 24 hours. Here, founder Alex Wolpert reflects on four transformative years, details the distillery’s next steps, and anticipates the future of English whisky with his hyper-local London Rye.

    “It’s been quite a week,” a humble Wolpert tells me over the phone, and I don’t doubt him for a second. The gin, vodka and whisky distillery – east London’s first for more than a century – exceeded the £1 million marker of its Crowdcube campaign within four days, with investments ranging from £10 to £175,000. At the time of writing, ELLC is making clear headway on its amended target of £1.5m.

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    Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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    Science your way to a heavenly whisky Highball

    Whisky Highball

    No matter how devoted to the dram, pragmatic drinkers will admit there’s little joy in warm whisky on a baking hot day. Let London’s top bartenders equip you with expert tips and tricks to finesse your summer BBQ staple: the whisky Highball.

    As the mercury rises in the UK, our thoughts turn to park picnics, beach BBQs and other sun-kissed gatherings. Straight whisky and searing heat do not happy bedfellows make, so honing your Highball technique is imperative.

    The good news? You don’t need loads of fancy kit to craft this super-simple apéritif. “You can make a Highball anywhere, from your own kitchen to the fanciest bar you can imagine,” says Sean Fennelly, head of Fitz’s bar at The Principal hotel. “It should be as satisfying in your local pub as it would be from the American Bar at The Savoy.”
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    Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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    The Nightcap: 11 May

    Folks, it’s Friday! And it’s been another busy one in the world of drinks. Thank goodness then for The Nightcap, a handy round-up of boozy goings on in one easily sippable digestif!

    This week we have news of a rather exciting Game of Thrones/whisky tie-up, awards galore from Spirit of Speyside, a bold new bottle design and a Tabasco sauce update. Oh yes!

    But first, we must recap the week that was, and for us on the UK it was a short one after the Early May Bank Holiday! So after a Monday snooze, on Tuesday we caught up with Cara Laing, director of whisky at independent bottler Douglas Laing, as the family-owned company marks its 70th anniversary. Then it was all about The Glenlivet on Wednesday, as the Speyside distillery revealed the results of a dabbling in Cognac cask finishing. We also checked in with the team at Scarfes Bar, London – the new recent history-inspired menu is sure to be a hit.
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    Categories : American Whiskey, Beer, Cocktails, Irish Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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    WLTM: A marvellous head of MoM marketing!

    Forget Tinder swiping: the perfect match we’re looking for this summer is a world-class head of marketing. Are you an inspiring ecommerce marketing expert and a proven leader? Know someone who is? Then read on, because we’re definitely interested…

    You might have noticed we have a certain way of doing things here at MoM Towers. We’re all about pulling out the stops to bring delicious boozes to you, our brilliant customers. We love shaking things up, taking risks, and doing things differently (we even palled up with #WhiskySanta to give away over £150,000-worth of incredible drinks for free last Christmas!). But we also know times are a’changing in our brilliantly diverse, ever-changing digital world and we want to evolve with it. Which is why we’re looking for an incredible head of marketing to propel us to that next level!
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    Categories : News
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    Get in on the hybrid spirits trend with these delicious drops!

    Any 2018 drinks trend round-up worth its salt will mention ‘hybrid spirits’. But what the hell are they, are they any good, and why should we bother anyway when the composite parts are already tasty on their own? We scoured the MoM warehouse shelves and found five delectable examples of the deliciousness that can occur when spirits worlds collide…

    Gin that thinks it’s a wine? Whiskies made in one place and matured in another? Vodka with a hint of Cognac? For spirits purists (and many of the rest of us) the booze world has gone a bit bonkers of late. So-called hybrid spirits – where one or more drinks categories blur boundaries for a new expression, basically the Transformers of tipples – are billed as the innovative brave new world of liquor, developed to court picky consumers with a thirst for the original. But are they actually any good?
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    Categories : Cognac, Gin, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky, Wine
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    Caricatures and cocktails: Scarfes Bar shakes it up with new menu

    Scarfes Bar

    Master of Malt travelled to Scarfes Bar to speak to bar manager Martin Siska and head bartender Greg Almeida about how they and their dynamic bar team brought together mixology magic and mischievous artwork to create this year’s menu…

    What’s better than art? Art that incorporates alcohol – that’s what. Which is precisely what inspired the team at Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel, London when developing the 2018 cocktail menu.

    It’s a creative take on pop culture with 18 crafty creations based on the satirical work of the bar’s namesake, renowned British artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe. Presented in the style of a beautifully vandalised copy of The Bartender’s Handbook of Fancy Cocktails & Concoctions, the new menu features drinks inspired by key cultural figures and events in recent British history from 2001 to 2018.
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    Categories : Cocktails, News
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