The sweeter side of gin is enjoying a revival – but what’s special about Old Tom, and what do you actually do with it? We explore the historic gin style…
Here at Master of Malt, we love a drink with an unusual backstory. And they don’t come much quirkier than the narrative behind Old Tom gin – London dry’s sweeter cousin often, but not always, branded with a cat. But first things first: bars are teeming with all things gin. How is Old Tom different from all the others crammed onto the back bar? What sets this specific style apart?
Fancy sampling some delightful whisky newness? It’s time to branch out beyond Scotch and Irish expressions and explore Europe’s growing cohort of distilled deliciousness.
As whisky lovers, we’re spoilt for choice. Established distillers continue to hone their goods with an increasing awareness that the industry is changing – a mass of engaged, demanding drinkers thirst for the most compelling spirits, and producers are working harder than ever to keep our attention. New distilleries are springing up left, right and centre, injecting even more of a buzz into proceedings. What a time to be alive.
The traditional Scotch and Irish producers (there’s much deliberation over where the birthplace of whisk(e)y lies – best approached over a dram or two) have long had a stronghold over our drinking habits. But this is changing – and quickly. The upswell of new distilleries is not confined to either country, and right across Europe new and familiar names are creating incredible whiskies – or soon-to-be whiskies – and shaking up expectations in the process.
Categories : World Whisky
After much too-ing, fro-ing, teasing and general whisky-based commotion, Diageo has finally revealed the full details of its Special Releases class of 2017 – and there’s an intriguing blended malt in the mix!
The 10-strong field matches last year’s outturn in terms of size. While then it was the oldest-ever Port Ellen expression that tickled our tastebuds in anticipation, it’s the 52 year old Port Dundas single grain that’s got us all animated this time round. Excitement also stems from a rare official Teaninich release, created to mark the distillery’s 200th anniversary. And it wouldn’t be the annual fun that is Special Releases without Brora and Port Ellen popping up to say hello.
Categories : Scotch Whisky
It’s World Mosquito Day this Sunday – find out how you can help fight malaria while savouring a splendid G&T.
Sunday 20th August marks World Mosquito Day – the 120th anniversary of the most important discovery in the battle against malaria. Back in 1897, Indian-born British doctor Sir Ronald Ross found the parasite carrying the disease in the gut of a female mosquito, and went on to map its complete lifecycle. His work lay the foundations of the fight against the disease, saving millions of lives in the process. And while there’s still so much work to be done, we think his achievements are well worth celebrating.
Last week saw bourbon brand Old Forester pass a key milestone in its distillery build project – the arrival of its shiny new 44ft copper column still! Watch as engineers painstakingly winch the giant structure into the new Louisville-based stillhouse.
Historic whiskey Old Forester can trace its roots back to the 1870s, and was the first bourbon to be sold in sealed glass bottles in the US. It’s very much a national treasure of the whiskey world, so when parent firm Brown-Forman announced plans to construct a dedicated distillery for the brand in 2014, we, like many others, sat up and paid attention.
Diageo’s little-known Teaninich Distillery is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a behind-the-scenes open day and a scarce official bottling under the Special Releases umbrella. We’re excited.
Highland single malt Scotch whisky distillery Teaninich tends to fly under the radar. Tucked away north of Inverness, it’s not exactly on the tourist trail – yet this workhorse distillery is one of Scotland’s most productive and progressive. Following a whopping £26 million investment from owner Diageo in 2013, which included a brand-spanking new 12-still strong stillhouse, this obscure production site has the capacity to churn out 10 million litres per year and is a major contributor to Johnnie Walker – only the biggest Scotch brand in the world.
Categories : Scotch Whisky
Thirsting for extra spirits awesomeness? Hold on to your hats – the Master of Malt blog is getting set to pack a cask strength punch, writes Kristiane Sherry as she joins the editorial team.
Do you remember your first dram? Mine was on board a cruise ship somewhere across the Baltic Sea. I had been sent to report on the notoriously raucous Cinderella Viking Line Whisky Fair – if you’ve not heard of it, picture hundreds of whisky enthusiasts setting sail from Stockholm on board a giant ferry for 24 hours. Now throw in some of the world’s most mouth-watering drams, near-unlimited sampling and the most rambunctious disco to ever hit the northern hemisphere. It’s chaos – and the best kind of fun. But it’s also not the most formal setting in which to sample whisky for the first. time. ever.
Categories : News
August has arrived, bringing with it another month of mouthwatering Master of Malt Dram Club sets. Let’s have a butcher’s at the treats awaiting Dram Club members.
Welcome to August 2017. Now, we know what you’re thinking. “What day of August is National Burger Day?” You’ve made an astute assumption that your pals at Master of Malt would know when National Burger Day is offhand. It’s always the last Thursday of August, meaning that it’s on the 31st August this year. This is knowledge that we were pretty much born with.
Categories : Gin
In celebration of their 100th line, That Boutique-y Whisky Company have given us a one-of-a-kind “pimped” litre bottle of their Speyburn 7 Year Old to auction for charity with everything raised donated to Malaria No More UK!
UPDATE: The auction has now ended with bids reaching £600.01! Congratulations to the winner and to That Boutique-y Whisky Company for raising hundreds of pounds for such a great cause!
Back in September 2012, That Boutique-y Whisky Company was unleashed upon this plane of existence (some say that the discovery of a clutch of turtles crawling through radioactive ooze in a New York City alley was the true beginning of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, but we can neither confirm nor deny this). Fast-forward almost five years to July 2017 and the multi-award-winning independent whisky bottler has released their 100th line (or 100th different first batch, if you will) – a Speyburn 7 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky! To mark the occasion, That Boutique-y Whisky Company has given us a one-of-a-kind 1 litre bottle of said Speyburn single malt to auction, with everything raised (net of any applicable VAT) donated to Malaria No More UK!
The MoM Towers Trophy Cabinet is going to need another extension – our Master of Malt 40 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky won the Scotch Whisky Blended 21 Years Old and Over Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge 2017!
Earlier this week, the winners of the International Spirits Challenge were announced at an event in Gibson Hall in London. We donned our trusty bow ties, took our seats and were absolutely thrilled to jump up and accept yet another wieldable trophy to add to our extensive collection. What did we win? Well, our Master of Malt 40 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky picked up the Trophy for Scotch Whisky Blended 21 Years Old and Over!