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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #16: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

On the penultimate Advent weekend, we sample the delights of a Taiwanese tipple in celebration of day 16 of #WhiskyAdvent!

It’s time to start pretending you’re not in when carollers come calling – Christmas is just a stone’s throw away!

While I convince myself that there’s definitely still enough time to buy presents (let’s hope my girlfriend likes that desk fan I bought for myself a month ago), let’s find out what joy lies behind window #16 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… It’s Kavalan Single Malt Whisky!


Categories : Gin, World Whisky
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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017: Lotteries and Charity Auctions

The enormously popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back for 2017! Once again we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction (with profits over RRP donated to Malaria No More UK). After all, we want as many people as possible to taste the good stuff, while doing some good!

To find out when this is all going down, see the timeline below.

As some of you may recall, our ‘first-come-first-serve’ method caused some, erm, drama back in 2015, so last year we decided to implement a brand new system – splitting our entire Buffalo Trace Antique Collection allocation between 30ml drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions. That meant hundreds of you had the chance to taste the goods. Because, after all, it exists to be enjoyed!


Categories : American Whiskey
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The Nightcap: 15 December 2017

For many of you, last night was office Christmas party night – i.e. the weirdest night out of the year. If you’re not feeling as bright eyed and bushy tailed as perhaps you usually would, we recommend engineering a tea round and sinking into our weekly round-up for a bit of mental TLC.

As we edge ever closer to that annual thing that everyone is either excited for or dreading, booze news continues to happen. We’ve scooped up these current events morsels into our weekly round-up affectionately and officially named The Nightcap. It’s what you are reading right now. Hello.


Categories : News, Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #15: The Lost Distilleries Blend – Batch 10

On this 15th Day of #WhiskyAdvent 2017, Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar brings you a blended bombshell of your festive dreams …

I think lots of people have a favourite little Christmas treat. Whether it’s mince pies or eggnog, or maybe a double helping of Christmas pudding… a smothering of bread sauce… a responsible amount of mulled wine.

None of those, however, are my Christmassy indulgence. No, for me, nothing beats the seasonal joy of a nice, tasteful dram*. I get the feeling, dear reader, that you may be of the same mind.

In this spirit, let us continue to bring word of Advent treasures, as we present the dram hidden behind window #15… The Lost Distilleries Blend – Batch 10!


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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#WhiskySanta gives away £10k-worth of spirits in one day!

Our favourite supernatural, omniscient, festive, heavily-bearded (and award-winning) being was at his very finest yesterday – #WhiskySanta presented over half of all Master of Malt shoppers with a gift when they placed their order!

Who says Christmas should be limited to just one day?! I know a lot of you are counting down to 25 December (quite frankly, I’d rather stay at MoM Towers than set off around the world to do a year’s worth of work in one night. At least they have unlimited mince pies and tasty tipples here). But sometimes, with all the stress of Christmas shopping, prepping for the dinner, girding yourself for the arrival of Auntie Mabel and the hundreds of other family members, it’s not actually all that merry. The fun levels were slipping. Something simply had to be done to raise festive spirits.


Categories : News, Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #14: Mackmyra Brukswhisky (The Swedish Whisky)

We’ve arrived at day 14 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, and today we’re going so far north even the Scots might begin to feel the cold!

Day #14 has rolled around, meaning there’s only 10 days left of #WhiskyAdvent… *sad face*. To appropriately begin our Final Countdown*, we’ve hopped over to Sweden for this dram.

Satisfying your need-for-Swede (sorry), behind window #14 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is… Mackmyra Brukswhisky (The Swedish Whisky)!


Categories : Tequila, World Whisky
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Rejoice! Sunday delivery is now live!

Sunday delivery

Excellent news all round – we’re now offering Sunday delivery to mainland UK customers, all for just £2 more than regular next day shipping…

One of the most pertinent first-world problems in existence has to be enduring the tedium of Sunday service, whether it be bus timetables, supermarket opening hours or hairdresser availability (we only want a trim…).

We’ve decided to do our bit to remedy the situation by offering our mainland UK-dwelling customers Sunday delivery for the bargainous price of £8.95. We’ve also reduced our Saturday delivery charge from £9.95 to £8.95 to bring it in line with this new service.


Categories : News
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The where-did-those-two-weeks-go Christmas gift guide!

Christmas gift guide

It’s mid-December, so we’re pretty much halfway to Christmas Day – isn’t that a reality check and a half? If you, like us, have failed to buy any presents for your nearest and dearest thus far, there’s no need to panic. We’ve thrown together this essential Christmas gift guide to make the whole experience hassle-free…

Picture the scene: It’s Christmas morning. You’re about to exchange gifts with your beloved spouse/stepfather/possum. They hand you a delicately wrapped parcel. It’s the exact weight and shape of [insert desired Christmas present here].

You eye your gift. Why did you play it safe with velvet pyjamas? You’re not buying for Michael Douglas. You regret everything. Your spouse/stepfather/possum opens the parcel. “Thanks,” they whisper politely. A single tear runs down their face. You’ve ruined Christmas.

A tragic thought, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Not now that we’ve created this smashing gift guide, anyway. From personalised whisky to barrel-aged cocktail kits, we’ve covered all angles, no matter who you’re buying for*.


Categories : Cocktails, Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #13: The Big Strand

We kick off the second half of #WhiskyAdvent with an entry in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar from a mystery location on Islay…

Some of you may believe the number #13 is unlucky. Presumably, you also believe in mole-people, astrology, and non-whisky based Santas.

For those who believe in such things as superstition, I have just one question for you: how do explain the delightful single malt Scotch whisky behind window #13?

Regardless of how you feel about the number 13, you’ll be convinced luck is on your side when you open the window and find a dram of… The Big Strand!


Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Count down to Christmas with these Cognac cocktails!

Cognac cocktails

Shake up these contemporary Cognac cocktails to discover why the fruity French spirit is for more than simply splashing on Christmas pudding…

By now, you’ll know that Cognac sales are going through the proverbial roof. Anyone who’s anyone is sipping on the stuff with fervour, and we’re not just talking Russian oligarchs and American rappers. The tastemakers of the drinks industry are backing this historic spirit with exuberance, curating unparalleled bottle libraries and championing the spirit in cocktail menus across the globe.


Categories : Cocktails, Cognac
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