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The Nightcap: 19 October

Another work week is coming to a close, which means it’s time to open up a treasure chest of booze news – it’s The Nightcap!

It’s Friday once again, folks. We’re certain many of you will be taking this weekend as a chance to continue working on those intricate Halloween costumes (I’m going to be dressed as a hogshead this year – still lots of coopering and hot glue application to be done). However, we’re also sure that there are a few of you with plenty of space in your plans to swot up on the latest booze news, which is exactly what The Nightcap is here for!

As ever, let’s have a gander at the goings-on with the MoM blog this week. Annie chatted to the folks from the UK’s first alcohol-free brewery and had a nose around Bache-Gabrielsen’s cellars. Henry took a trip down the Old Fashioned memory lane and looked to the future of Irish distillers. Adam wrapped up warm with a selection of toasty tipples perfect for autumnal nights. We also announced the winners of our VIP BenRiach trips – congratulations to the winners once again!

Now on with the news! Although it starts on a sombre note this week.
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The Old Fashioned: The original cocktail

With Old Fashioned Week (1 – 10 November) on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at a cocktail so good that they named a glass after it.

After years when it was thought, well, a bit old fashioned, the Old Fashioned is now decidedly hip. A week devoted to its pleasures was started in 2015 by two Frenchmen, Michael Landart from Maria Loca bar in Paris, and Cyrille Hugon, founder of Paris Rumfest. The first year there were 50 participating bars, all in France; this November they are expecting over 1000 participants on every continent. So to get you in the mood, find a comfy chair, pour yourself a drink (recipe at the end), and we will take a journey back in time…

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The winners of the VIP BenRiach trips are…

We’ve got winners to announce for our BenRiach competition. These lucky folks will be heading up to the heart of Speyside to see where how the BenRiach brilliance happens in person!

It’s time that we announced the names of the winners who will be heading all the way up to Speyside for a VIP trip to BenRiach including a distillery tour, tasting, trip to The Speyside Cooperage and more. The hat has been filled with names, and we’ve plucked out three of them. Our lucky winners are…

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Warming tipples for autumn evenings!

Warming tipples for autumn eves

Join us as well celebrate all things autumn with a round-up of sensational seasonal spirits!

Autumn is a season loved by many. It’s all about comfort food and drink. It’s a chance to make the most of the produce from the seasonal harvest. It’s the time to attend bonfire nights and Halloween parties. It’s the season when we welcome the darkening nights and browning leaves with a hearty tipple and, let’s face it, heaps of bloody pumpkin spice.

But what makes the perfect autumn drink? Summer refreshers and cocktails are now out of the question. But winter warmers aren’t the required tonic just yet. In autumn, or ‘fall’, for our exceptionally literal friends in the United States, it only seems right to celebrate brown spirits: whisky, Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados and darker or spiced rums, as well as liqueurs and cocktails packed with seasonal fruits and colours.

In this spirit, we’ve produced a list of appropriately autumnal boozes. Each comes with a seasonal serve if you want to get creative. These ought to keep you going until the snow starts to fall.

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Inside the Cognac house of Bache-Gabrielsen

Norwegian roots, experimental blends, and eaux-de-vie that dates back to the 19th century: MoM stepped into the cellars of historic Cognac merchant Bache-Gabrielsen…

The house was founded by a Norwegian army officer named Thomas Bache-Gabrielsen, whose father ran a spirits monopoly in the north of the country. Together with friend and fellow Norwegian Peter Rustad, the duo bought a house called Edmond Dupuy back in 1905, naming it Bache-Gabrielsen and Rustad, and then eventually Bache-Gabrielsen.

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Irish Distillers ramps up Jameson production with €150 million investment

As Irish whisky and Jameson in particular continues to boom globally, Irish Distillers will be spending €150 million to increase production, warehousing and bottling capacity in Cork and Dublin.

Irish Distillers, the company behind such legendary whiskeys as Jameson, Powers and Redbreast, has announced massive investment in sites in Cork and Dublin.

€130 million of the money will be spent in Cork on expanding and upgrading the already massive New Midleton Distillery to increase capacity. Exciting new equipment will include a mechanical vapour recompression evaporator, a third mash filter, and new fermenters. And that’s not all; they’re getting a new office building too.

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What happened when we visited the UK’s first alcohol-free brewery

‘No-alcohol’ is the biggest beer trend since ‘craft’, and the UK’s first alcohol-free brewery, London’s Nirvana Brewery, is proof. We stopped by for a chat with co-founder Steve Dass, to discover how and why a passionate beer lover would choose to brew sans booze…

If magic happens when barley meets water, hops and yeast, the work of Dass and his team at Nirvana Brewery, the UK’s first alcohol-free brewery – and the only organic brewery in London, as certified by the Soil Association – is entirely cosmic.

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The Nightcap: 12 October

The weekend is in sight, and alongside it comes the newest edition of The Nightcap with bags full of booze news to dig into.

If your work week has come to a close and you’re settling in to the weekend whilst thinking to yourself “Gosh, I’d really quite like to know what’s been going on in the world of drinks this week…”, then you’re in luck. The Nightcap is here to fill your brain with more booze news than you can shake a stick at. Also, if you do actually think the word “gosh” to yourself on a regular basis, that’s wonderful.

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Gordon & MacPhail pits nature against nurture with Longmorn bottlings

Following on from Friday’s story, MoM delves deeper into the DNA of the latest addition to Gordon & MacPhail’s Private Collection: two ‘twin’ whiskies, the “oldest Longmorn single malts ever released”, selected by identical twin brothers Stuart and Richard Urquhart.

The final instalment of the ‘Private Collection’ range – which comprises four rare single cask bottlings, each chosen by an Urquhart family member* – sees the release of not one but two supremely delicious drams, chosen by Stuart Urquhart, Gordon & MacPhail’s associate director of whisky supply, and his twin brother Richard, the company’s international sales manager for Asia & Americas.

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WIN a VIP trip to The Lakes Distillery!

  • You and a lucky plus-one could win a trip to visit England’s award-winning The Lakes Distillery, located in Cumbria’s spectacular Lake District!
  • Prize includes a two-night stay at the marvellous 4* Trout Hotel, tasting tour, three-course lunch, delicious drinks, and a numbered bottle of Steel Bonnets whisky hand-signed by master whisky maker Dhavall Gandhi!
  • Enter our Instagram comp too! Share your best Border Reiver and/or whisky-related snap and bag your very own signed bottle of Steel Bonnets!
  • Whether you’re into whisky, walking or generally enjoying delicious things amid wonderful scenery, you are in for a right treat with this! We’ve teamed up with our pals at The Lakes Distillery to offer one lucky human (and their even luckier plus one!) the chance to visit the award-winning whisky, gin, vodka and liqueur-maker, which just so happens to be situated in one of the UK’s most scenic national parks: The Lake District.

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