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Master of Cocktails - The Bobby Burns

by Ben Ellefsen     7. April 2015 09:22

Master of Cocktails The Bobby Burns

For #MasterofCocktails this week we made a twist on the Rob Roy (which I've decided on balance might be a rubbish drink). It's called a 'Bobby Burns' - and uses a healthy slug of Bénédictine to give the whisky and vermouth a much-needed lift.

It's obviously named after the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, but in the week that Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer Bob Burns tragically died it seems a fitting tribute to him as well.

So, let's get to it...

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Master of Malt Is Closing Down - Free Shipping Until Midday Today

by Master of Malt     1. April 2015 09:00

Sad Employee

As some of you may have realised, the sudden and shocking news that Master of Malt was closing its doors did indeed have something to do with the fact that it was April 1st…

The truth is, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, Master of Malt is stronger than ever. A huge thank you to all our customers and here's to another thirty hugely successful years!

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Master of Cocktails - IL Beetz

by Ben Ellefsen     30. March 2015 09:45

Master of Cocktails IL Beetz

Right everyone - ready for another instalment of #MasterofCocktails? This week's is pretty awesome, and has a pretty awesome name too - IL Beetz. I'll explain the reasoning behind that later...

We're putting together this drink using FEW Spirits American Gin - super-rich and 'whisky-like'. It's more than enough to stand up to the rich, roots-y quality of the Beetroot juice we're using.

So - to business.

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St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with Jameson!

by Jake Mountain     27. March 2015 09:00

Hello Dublin Jameson St Patricks Day Live

It was 11am in Gatwick airport on Saturday 14th March. The plane taking a small drinks press contingent over to Ireland for Jameson's extended #HelloDublin St. Patrick's Day celebrations was due to leave in just over an hour from Heathrow. Had I made a terrible mistake?

In fact, I'd just arrived back from a holiday and had always known I couldn't make that flight, just as I now knew all I'd be seeing of blighty was Gatwick airport itself. My flight to Cork was later, and until then I'd simply be pretending I was Tom Hanks in The Terminal. (Although there were no Catherine Zeta-Jones love interest developments to speak of.)

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Master of Cocktails - Bijou Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     23. March 2015 10:13

Master of Cocktails Bijou Cocktail

Right then Ladies and Gentlemen - it's time for another #MasterofCocktails. Excited? Oh yes.

This week we're making a Chartreuse-heavy 'Bijou Cocktail' recipe, though we're making it with slightly less Green Chartreuse as to not overwhelm the drink.

'Bijou' of course, is French for 'Jewel', and the cocktail's name comes from the colours of precious jewels (emerald, diamond and ruby) being similar to the colour of the ingredients (Chartreuse, Gin and Vermouth).

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Winnings from the WWA, WDA & Icons of Whisky

by Jake Mountain     20. March 2015 09:40

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2015

Yesterday saw the winners of the 2015 World Drinks Awards announced, as well as the winners of Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards - a very busy rotation of the Earth! It was also a fantastic day for many of the brands we work with / own / represent as you'll see from the veritable cornucopia of trophies and awards below.

Drink by the Dram have also produced a selection of Winners Tasting Sets, which you can find here.

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#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

by Master of Malt     16. March 2015 09:00

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Fancy getting your grubby mitts/filthy paws/noodly appendages on some free whisk(e)y? Then you're in for a treat, as we're running a competition which could bag you a bottle of spectacular whisk(e)y in just a few clicks of your mouse!

Alright, here's the 4-1-1, folks. Every day of our #BagThisBottle campaign, we'll be giving away a different bottle to a different lucky winner on Twitter. To be in with a chance to win, you'll need to...

1) Follow the Master of Malt Twitter account.

2) Follow the Twitter account of that day.

3) Retweet our daily competition tweet before 08:59 (GMT) the following day.

With those three simple tasks completed, you'll be in with a chance of winning! But what could you win? Read on to find out (and also check out the Terms & Conditions below too!)...

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Master of Cocktails - Pink Gin

by Ben Ellefsen     16. March 2015 08:30

Master of Cocktails Pink Gin

Well greetings one and all. Ready for another installment of #MasterofCocktails? Good then.

This week's is a very, very straightforward drink, but one that seems to have fallen somewhat out of favour recently. We're making a Pink Gin recipe. Probably one of the very first Gin cocktails?

The original recipe here calls for simply gin and bitters, served at room temperature, in a tumbler. Not that, obviously.

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The Lakes Distillery - A Delightful Weekend In The Country

by Jake Mountain     9. March 2015 12:00

The Lakes Distillery

"Are you a sponge or a stone? Do you like to experience all facets of life, or do you shut yourself off from new experience?"

With whisky distilleries opening right around the world, you must quite reasonably ask yourself questions such as this. We live in an age where a wide variety of excellent whiskies are being made outside of the traditional and well-established whisky producing counties, and if you're not open to them, you're missing out. In England, for example, the latest whisky distillery to come on stream is The Lakes Distillery near Cockermouth.

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Master of Cocktails - The Jinger Ninja

by Ben Ellefsen     9. March 2015 08:47

Master of Cocktails The Jinger Ninja

Well greetings one and all. Time for another round of #MasterofCocktails methinks. Oh yes.

This week we're making a super-delicious Japanese-y sort of tea-based gin sour sort of affair. Trust me - it's yummers. It's called The Jinger Ninja, a name which should make sense as we go through the recipe.

We're using a pretty decent grade of Matcha for this drink. That's important, as although we do want *some* bitterness, we don't want it overpowering. I prefer the sweet, grassy tones given by something like this...

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