A short history of Scotch whisky: from ancient origins to the present day
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by Master of Malt
12h ago
Just what you ordered for a miserably cold/ unseasonably warm late-winter day. A brief history of our favourite thing in the whole world Frazzles… sorry… no, Scotch whisky.  The origins of Scotch whisky Like most good things, the origins of Scotch whisky are something of a mystery. Distillation is believed to have been introduced to Scotland, probably by monks but it may have been incredibly advanced aliens, in the 15th century. The earliest recorded mention of spirit production in Scotland dates back to 1496, in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, where it is referred to as ‘aqua vitae,’ L ..read more
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Top 10 gifts for people who take whisky seriously
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by Master of Malt
12h ago
Well, the obvious gift for a serious whisky lover is… more whisky! Seriously, all whisky lovers really want is whisky and what they don’t want are whisky stones. But there are various accessories that make fine presents too such as elegant glassware, useful books or what about a Master of Malt-branded hip flask so you can enjoy a wee dram at the races? So without further ado, here are our top 10 gifts for people who take whisky seriously. If you need more inspiration, head over to our gift page for more booze laden present ideas.   Whisky Jigsaw It’s a map of the whisky-producing r ..read more
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#BagThisBundle – Win a bundle from That Boutique-y Whisky Company
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by Master of Malt
12h ago
If it’s the end of the world as we know it, then you need a good whisky. That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s ‘End of the World’ selection has landed, consisting of fifteen headline whiskies themed around the prevailing sense of doom that has become a fixture in these murky days. The playful take on the mayhem consists of whiskies from distilleries TBWC has never bottled before, Imperial, Dalmunach, Strathisla, and a new secret Speyside. There are also vintages from the Isle of Arran, Ben Nevis, and Glen Grant, a trio of finished whiskies from Braeval, Campbeltown, and Highland Park, as well as f ..read more
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Top ten wine and fizz for Mother’s Day 2024
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by Master of Malt
12h ago
Forget flowers, treat your mum to some delicious wine or Champagne this Mother’s Day (which is Sunday 10 March just in case you need reminding). To aid you in your quest for vinous deliciousness we have rounded up our favourite wines, both sparkling and non. And if you’re in need of more inspiration, take a look at the Master of Malt Mother’s Day Gift Finder (or MoM Mum as it’s known in-house). Top ten wine and fizz for Mother’s Day 2024 Vilarnau Organic Cava Rosé Gift Pack with 2 x Glasses Cava is just getting better and better. This organic rosé was made from a mix of two red grapes, garna ..read more
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The hidden treasures of whisky collecting
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by Henry Jeffreys
5d ago
We all know the big name Scotch whisky brands loved by collectors: Macallan, Dalmore, Highland Park, Ardbeg, Springbank, Glenfarclas, and more. Say those names and you’ll have whisky lovers furtively checking their bank accounts. Then there’s lost (and now in various stages of being resurrected) distilleries like Brora, Rosebank and Port Ellen. And from the newer cohort, one name stands above all, Daftmill in Fife, which is so popular that we have to use a ballot system to sell our tiny annual allocation.  But just as oranges are not the only fruit, there are other distilleries that are ..read more
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Gifts for Mother’s Day 2024
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by Emma Symons
6d ago
Our Mother’s Day Gift Finder is about to land, and it’s heaving with delicious drinks based presents. So many, in fact, that you might get lost, fill your basket with things for yourself, and forget you were ever there looking for a Mother’s Day gift. Let’s focus people! I’ve picked out some highlights here that I think will make the day special, whether you’re getting together to share a glass, sending a gift from afar, or perhaps planning to impress with some home made Mother’s Day cocktails.  Gifts for Mother’s Day 2024 St. George Terroir Gin St. George Terroir Gin! I used to bang on ..read more
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What do you want to learn about the Scotch whisky regions?
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by Adam O'Connell
1w ago
To mark the return of our Scotch whisky regions campaign we asked you what burning questions you had and you didn’t disappoint. A host of responses have come in and we’re going to do our best to answer them below. We also have a brand new guide section on the Scotch whisky regions (that’s Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, the Highlands, and the Lowlands) which should answer any other questions you may have. Don’t forget you can win a trip to one of the regions by entering our latest competition, details of which are here. Now let’s get stuck into some questions! What do you want to learn about th ..read more
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Ten gins to buy for Mother’s Day 2024
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by Henry Jeffreys
1w ago
Mother’s Day is coming! Mothering Sunday is imminent! It’ll be here on 10 March and nother can be done to stop it. Except perhaps an asteroid hitting the earth. But that is very unlikely so we recommend you buy something for your mother like a bottle of gin. Cos mothers like gin, right? So from classic bottlings to go in your G&T to unusual botanicals, here are ten gins to buy for Mother’s Day. Gin Mare Mediterranean Mediterranean gin comes near Barcelona; it’s distilled in a thirteenth century chapel in an ancient fishing village where every bottle is unique as every year the star produ ..read more
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What is the best Penderyn whisky?
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by Master of Malt
1w ago
In the years following its inception in 2000, the Penderyn distillery has been turning out some truly impressive spirits, and with it, ending a century-long hiatus of whisky-making in Wales. It all started during a chat one night at the Glancynon Inn, when a group of friends were discussing their dream of putting the country back on the whisky world map.  They did this in the charming village of Penderyn, choosing the spot for its supply of natural spring water – an essential ingredient in the production of a good whisky. They installed a unique single Faraday still (notable for producin ..read more
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WIN trips to explore the Scotch whisky regions!
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by Master of Malt
1w ago
Do you want to see the Scotch whisky regions? The Lowlands The Highlands Islay Campbeltown Speyside And for a nice bonus, the Islands. We have SIX once-in-a-lifetime trips to be won to visit the distilleries of the five official Scotch whisky regions, as well as an island distillery for good measure. Here’s what you can win in full: The prize Lagavulin Distillery prize trip: The winner will win a 2-day, 1-night trip for two people to the Lagavulin Distillery in Islay, Scotland. That includes travel, accommodation, meals, a tour of both Lagavulin (or warehouse experience) and Caol Ila, and a c ..read more
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