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Dram Club – Your Spirits Subscription Service!

We’re extremely excited to launch our very own spirit sample subscription service – Dram Club! Explore a world of Whisky, Rum or Gin with carefully curated new sets delivered right to your door each month!

One of the suggestions you lovely bunch make most regularly is “With so many thousands of Drinks by the Dram samples available, why don’t you offer a dram subscription service?” Well, just as we did for Build Your Own Tasting Sets and Build Your Own Advent Calendars, we’ve teamed up with Drinks by the Dram once again and now we do!


Categories : Gin, News, Rum, Whisky
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Win a Bottle of Port Askaig 45 Year Old

To mark the start of Fèis Ìle 2017, we’re giving away a bottle of Port Askaig 45 Year Old Islay single malt worth £1,200!
Fèis Ìle, the yearly festival of music and malt on the Isle of Islay, kicks off today! To those of you taking part in this year’s festival – we hope you have a smashing time (which we say jealously through gritted teeth while we sit at our desks many miles away from where all the fun is happening). If you’re not going to be on the Hebridean island this year, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying some cracking Islay whisky at home – and doing so could net you a bottle of whisky worth £1,200!

Categories : Competitions, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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The Macallan Whisky Trolley & Cheese Pairing in Oblix at The Shard

With World Whisky Day around the corner, The Macallan have announced their latest collaboration with Oblix bar and restaurant on the 32nd floor of The Shard in London.
Walking through the dark corridors of Oblix, having just been through The Shard’s airport-style security and then thrown up 32 floors in 15 seconds, is like being inside a Goa’uld mothership from Stargate. Once you turn the corner to enter the bar, however, everything opens up and panoramic views of London are revealed. On a bright day the effect as you emerge must be fantastic, but even on a particularly grey Thursday afternoon there’s reassurance that you’re still on earth and haven’t actually been kidnapped by symbiotic ancient aliens. Enough nonsense from me though – on to the whisky!

Categories : News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Delicious Developments at the Dornoch Distillery

  • We chat with Philip and Simon Thompson to get the scoop on the Dornoch Distillery’s whisky and gin developments
  • We also taste their range of 10 Experimental Batch Gins, which you can get your hands on right now, exclusively from Master of Malt

  • It’s fair to say that we’re excited about what’s going on at the Dornoch Distillery. Simon and Philip, the Thompson brothers (no relation to the Thompson Twins), were already running the award-winning Dornoch Castle Hotel Whisky Bar, which specialises in rare old whiskies offered at a fair price. Then they go and announce they’re founding a whisky distillery with a plan to “…make a style of whisky which has long been extinct”, alongside creating gins from scratch – no bought-in neutral grain spirit used whatsoever. Consider our interest piqued within an inch of its life.


    Categories : Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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    Highland Park Valkyrie & New Viking Soul Packaging

  • Highland Park launches new Viking Soul packaging for their 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old core range
  • New Highland Park Valkyrie, made with around 50% fully peated stock, to replace Highland Park Dark Origins
  • 100% bourbon cask matured Highland Park FULL VOLUME to replace Highland Park 15 Year Old
  • At a global launch that took place in Denmark, Highland Park recently introduced new packaging that will be rolled out across their core range, their new brand positioning as “The Orkney single malt with Viking Soul” and further special editions. Nods to Norse mythology have, of course, been commonplace from the distillery for many years, but now that they’ve gone ‘full Viking’ let’s delve a little deeper into what it’s all about and what (if anything) this all means for the celebrated distillery’s beloved whisky.

    Categories : News, Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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    Win an English Whisky Co. Founders Private Cellar The Final Signature Set!

    In the lead up to St. George’s Day, you could win a limited edition English Whisky Co. Founders Private Cellar The Final Signature set worth £795!
    St. George’s Day is next Sunday, and to mark the occasion we’re giving away a very special example of English single malt from the English Whisky Company in Norfolk. Everyone who buys any of the English Whisky Co.’s releases from now until the end of St. George’s Day will be automagically entered into our draw to win an English Whisky Co. Founders Private Cellar The Final Signature set worth £795! (No purchase necessary – see Terms & Conditions below.) More…

    Categories : Competitions, Whisky
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    Glenfarclas 105 Day Celebrations!

  • It’s the 105th day of the year, and we’re celebrating Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength with our friends at Glenfarclas.
  • Get a free 20cl Glenfarclas 105 with your order when you purchase any full bottle* of any spirit, liqueur or wine today!
  • We’re also reducing the price on a gamut of Glenfarclas bottles by 10.5% for the whole day!
  • If you take a look at your calendar and you’re incredibly adept at maths, you’ll likely be able to quickly ascertain that today – April 15th – is the 105th day of the year! What better excuse to celebrate the smashing Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength in all its well-Sherried, full-bodied, lip-smacking glory with our friends from this family owned and run distillery. In fact, we’d quite like you to join in with the celebrations too, so…


    Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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    Introducing the Spirit of Yorkshire Whisky Distillery!

    Exciting new English whisky distillery Spirit of Yorkshire opens to the public this Easter, but they’ve been quietly working under the radar and laying down casks for the last few months. We headed to the Yorkshire Wolds earlier this week to find out the full details.
    Yorkshire. God’s own county. Also, now the location of a new independent single malt whisky distillery! Since we visited St George’s Distillery back in 2009 a number of projects have popped up all over England, which I’ll run through at the end of this post, but today we’re getting all excited about Spirit of Yorkshire!

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    Visiting the Reopened Jameson Distillery Bow St. in Dublin

    Jameson has reopened its Bow St. brand home in Dublin – formerly known as The Old Jameson Distillery – following an €11m redevelopment. We sent Jake over to Ireland for the lowdown on the new multi-sensory experience and masterclasses.
    First covered here on the blog during our interview with Irish Distillers Master Blender Billy Leighton a month ago, Jameson’s Bow St. brand home in Smithfield, Dublin has recently reopened following an ambitious €11m redevelopment. Now fully up and running, I paid them a visit last week.
    Located on the site of John Jameson’s original 1780 Irish whisky distillery, a Jameson visitor centre in Dublin was first opened back in 1997. By the summer of 2016 a significant refurb was required to bring the experience up to date and handle greater numbers of visitors (over-subscription and delays had become a real problem, by their own admission), but what they’ve achieved since September is pretty damn impressive.

    Categories : Irish Whiskey, News, Whisky
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    Access the Whisky Name Generator Now!

    We’ve managed to gain access to the tool whisky brands and marketing agencies use to name whiskies – and we’ve made it available for you to use!
    EDIT: Some of you figured it out – this was indeed an elaborate ruse that has something to do with today’s date! We can only hope that one day The Clyburn Airgid Mighty Fine Tornado will be a real bottling…
    We recently made a startling discovery. You know those whisky brands and the marketing agencies that create the lovely names for the whiskies we all enjoy? Well, as it turns out, they have access to a Whisky Name Generator to help them come up with new names! With the sheer number of new expressions released at quite a clip nowadays, this tool was invented to allow agencies to both generate a name and kick-start the branding process in just a few quick clicks. Handy.


    Categories : News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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