Master of Malt Whisky Blog

London Calling: How single malt returned to the capital at Bimber Distillery

Bimber

Join us as we head to Bimber Distillery to talk about its English single malt whisky: how to make it, what it will taste like and the exciting future ahead, all in a week when England celebrated St. George’s Day!

Since the 1905 closure of the Lea Valley Distillery and the subsequent end of barley-based whisky production in England, it has taken quite some time for the category to get back on its feet. While Scotch whisky has continued to thrive and has retained an enviable international regard, and Irish whisky has turned its luck around, English whisky production is still in its relative infancy. But times are changing, and changing fast.

We are undoubtedly in the most exciting period for the category yet; modern English whisky makers are refusing to rest on their laurels, or curse the success of their Celtic counterparts. Instead, distilleries such as St. George’s Distillery, East London Liquor Company, Adnams and Hicks & Healey are releasing various interpretations of English whisky, while Copper Rivet Distillery, The Cotswolds Distillery, The Lakes Distillery, Wharf Distillery, The London Distillery Company, and Bimber Distillery are all close to putting quintessentially English whisky on our shelves.

As one of these brands working to resurrect the tradition, Bimber Distillery is just a year away from releasing its own bona fide English whisky. Luckily for us, founder Dariusz Plazewski was kind enough to provide MoM with a wonderful guided tour, detailing how the distillery makes its whisky and what to expect as it comes of age…

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Benromach!

Speyside single malt whisky distillery Benromach is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the most fitting of ways: with a fabulous new limited edition expression: Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling!

2018 represents a significant milestone in Benromach’s history: it’s 20 years since the site was re-opened after decades of uncertainty and a subsequent period of refurbishment. The distillery can actually trace its roots back to 1898, but its chequered past saw it mothballed multiple times. That was until Gordon & Macphail saved the day, buying the site in 1993. In 1998, spirit flowed from its stills once again.

The Benromach 20th Anniversary Bottling (which was bottled just shy of its 20th year in oak) was matured in both first fill ex-sherry and first fill ex-bourbon casks in Benromach’s traditional dunnage warehouse, and captures ‘the classic character of Benromach Speyside single malt Scotch whisky – rich, smooth and beautifully balanced, with a hint of smoke’.
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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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The Nightcap: 20 April

What a week! Nothing ever stands still in the world of booze, but this has been a particularly exciting seven days. Buckle up, folks – The Nightcap is here!

As always, before proceeding it is imperative that we recall the week that was. On Sunday, we celebrated the wonder that is Glenfarclas 105 Day (did you crack open a dram to mark the 105th day of the year?). Then, on Monday, news reached MoM Towers that Diageo was investing a humongous £150 million in whisky tourism, taking in visitor centres across Scotland and even a fancy new Johnnie Walker experience. We can’t wait.

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Categories : Cognac, Irish Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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English Sparkling Wine: MoM gets into the Gusbourne groove

Gusbourne

With St. George’s Day approaching, we wanted to celebrate the growing strength of the English sparkling wine category. Luckily for us, Gusbourne was more than happy to accommodate.

There was a time when the mere mention of English wine would result in raised eyebrows, audible laughter or visible disgust – but those days are long behind us. Wine production in England has come an awfully long way in the last 20 years, particularly for sparkling wine in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Champagne is no longer the automatic festive tipple, Michelin star restaurant menus no longer list token bottles and England’s homegrown sparkling wines have proved hugely successful in blind tastings and numerous competitions. Taittinger even became the first French label to invest in English sparkling wines.

According to Wines of Great Britain (the official body for the UK wine industry), in 2015 the number of commercial vineyards in England totalled 502, while the number of wineries stood at 133. In 2017, one million vines were planted in the UK, the largest number ever planted in a single year, while hectarage has doubled in the last 8 years and is set to grow by a further 50% by 2020.

English fizz is rising to the top, thanks to producers such as Gusbourne. This week, the team of Kent-based wine wizards kindly let MoM explore their wonderful vineyards and winery while they explained the brand’s process and ethos.

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Exciting Times

So… this is kind of a big day for us here at MoM Towers, because we’ve got some pretty amazing news to share with you:

We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve just concluded a deal to partner with ZX Ventures, a division of AB InBev focused on global growth and innovation.

This partnership allows us to move faster and do more towards achieving our goal to create the most delightful drinks-buying experience ever, and help people explore the world of fine spirits through innovative technology.

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Shipping to the USA

Ok, there’s no way to sugar coat this, so we’re just going to come right out and say it – as of today, we’re stopping delivery to the US.

We’d love to be able to have some idea how and if this is going to change in the future, but we just don’t want to give any false hope.
 
Suffice to say, 2 things are true:

  • You guys in the USA are extremely important to us, and we are *incredibly* sorry about this.
  • We are working very hard on ways to be able to provide services again with the help of wholesale and retail partners based in-country.
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    Thank you for all your incredible support over the years.
     
    The Chaps at Master of Malt

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    Celebrate the sweetness of spring with these 10 awesome flavoured gins!

    The sun is shining and we’re in the mood for something sweet. Luckily for us, flavoured gins and gin liqueurs are just the thing!

    It’s been a long ol’ winter here in the UK. It’s been dark, dingy, and when the Beast from the East makes not one, not two, but three appearances, it does seriously make you consider emigrating. But fret not! This last weekend has been warm, sunny and thoroughly suitable for summer barbeque sippers (OK, so the mercury hovered around the 14C mark, but we’re optimists here at MoM Towers).

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    Diageo to invest a whopping £150 million in whisky tourism!

    Diageo has announced plans to create a state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Scotland’s capital, as well as upgrading its existing 12 distillery visitor centres – a project that encompasses an investment of £150 million in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector.

    Distillery visitor centres and whisky experiences have become essential pilgrimages for many whisky enthusiasts around the world, and Diageo has announced plans for a £150,000,000 investment over three years in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector. You’d best get preparing your suitcases, travel kits and holiday shorts.

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    Categories : News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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    It’s Glenfarclas 105 Day!

  • Sunday 15 April is the 105th day of the year – aka Glenfarclas 105 Day!
  • To celebrate with our friends at the distillery, we’re taking 10.5% off Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength just for today (geddit?!)
  • That’s £5.14 off a bottle of the superb cask-strength whisky you lot describe as ‘absolutely beautiful’, ‘well-crafted’ and ‘boss stuff’!
  • It’s that magic time of year again, pals! The 105th day of the year is upon us (we know, how is that possible?!), and the perfect way to mark the occasion is to pick up a bottle of Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength.

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    Categories : Scotch Whisky
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    The Nightcap: 13 April

    Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, but not here at MoM Towers. We’ve got a treat of a Nightcap coming your way to round off the week!

    As usual, it’s been a busy seven days in Drinks Land. Over on the blog this week we’ve brought you news of Jameson’s record-breaking year, a tour of English gin distilleries, and what could be the world’s largest Japanese whisky tasting. Plus, we announced the winner of our Esker Honey Spiced Gin ‘catshun competishunzz’ – congrats to our victor and six runners-up!

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    Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Cognac, News, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky
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