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The Nightcap: 16 November

It wouldn’t be Friday without our weekly round-up of all the booze news – you’ve tuned in to another edition of The Nightcap!

For many people, the work week is coming to a close, meaning there’s a well-earned weekend incoming. As you get ready to dig in to whatever glorious weekend-y plans you’ve got lined up, we’ve compiled yet another buffet of news from all over the drinks world in one handy blog post. Welcome to The Nightcap, folks!

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Fabulous Festive Necessities

Fabulous Festive Necessities

The season to be jolly is rapidly approaching, and we’ve got baubles and crackers aplenty so you can spread the spirit of Christmas MoM-style!

Christmas is almost upon us. The most wonderful time of the year is nearly here. Soon it’ll be time to awkwardly hoist your Christmas tree down from the attic. And you’ll need to decorate it. You’ll also need to decide what should actually go under it. Don’t forget about after-Christmas dinner drinks! Christmas may be all kinds of magical and brilliant, but my word, there is so much to do.

Fortunately, we’re already very much in the Christmas spirit here at MoM Towers. We’re dedicated to helping you see in the season with plenty of festive cheer. While our omniscient, red-coated, heavily-bearded, festive and acclaimed friend #WhiskySanta has been giving away £250,000-worth of the finest spirits to all you lovely drinks fans, we’ve been busy compiling a list of fabulous festive necessities, just for you! That’s right, we’ve got an array of boozy baubles and crackers right here, ready and primed to assist with that all-important decoration process. Enjoy!

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Pass the Courvoisier

With its lively history, Courvoisier has more than earned its place among the big four Cognac houses. We hit up its Jarnac HQ to get geeky about production, unlock its links to the Eiffel Tower, and marvel at a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s actual hair….

The Courvoisier story begins not at its headquarters on the banks of the Charente river, but in Paris, in the suburb of Bercy, back in 1809. Founder Emmanuel Courvoisier started his career as a wine and spirits merchant, and operated several cellars in the area.

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MoM scoops TWO trophies at UK Social Media Comms Awards 2018

We’re delighted to announce that we did the double at the UK Social Media Communications Awards 2018 – #WhiskySanta claimed Best Social Media Campaign, while this very blog was named Best Blog!

Last night we attended the UK Social Media Communications Awards 2018 at the Montcalm Marble Arch, where the best and most innovative use of social media (and, well, communication) across all industries was rewarded with shiny trophies. Your fave online retailer was among the winners. Twice. Oh yeah.

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Red Spot Whiskey relaunch – the top spot in Dublin

To celebrate the rebirth of Red Spot whiskey, we descended into Mitchell & Son’s cellars deep beneath the streets of Dublin for a trip back into Irish distilling history (and we got to try the whiskey, obviously.)

Jonathan Mitchell from the family-owned wine merchant described the relaunch as “the biggest day of all, we’ve had orders for Red Spot for two years.” We were at the historic Shelbourne Hotel and from there we walked to Mitchell & Son’s old cellars beneath Fitzwilliam Lane to try the long-awaited whiskey. The family has been in business since 1805 but their whiskey story starts in 1887 when they began sending empty casks of port, sherry, Malaga and Marsala to the John Jameson and Sons distillery at nearby Bow Street to be filled with spirit. This would have been made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley, triple-distilled in a giant pot still.

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Save £25 with That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar Flash Sale!

We’re getting you ready for a spectacular Christmas countdown with a Flash Sale on That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Advent Calendar until tomorrow!

***UPDATE: THIS FLASH SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY ANOTHER 24 HOURS BY POPULAR DEMAND!***

Hands up if you fancy having a decidedly delicious December packed with top-notch gins. While we can’t actually see if anyone has raised their hands, we assume that most of the people perusing the MoM Blog would definitely enjoy such a tasty December. So, we’re making that easier to do by having a Flash Sale on one of our favourite festive Drinks by the Dram treats: grab a That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar now for just £74.95!

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Fantastic French Brandies

Fantastic French Brandies

Indulge yourselves in the final days of autumn in style with this fantastic selection of French brandies…

Autumn means the days are shorter, colder and darker. But this is nothing to fear or loathe because it’s the perfect setting to enjoy everything the wonderful world of French brandy has to offer!

And why not? French brandy is no longer a forgotten favourite. It’s ditched the stuffy old-man’s image. The three French ‘Appellation Contrôlée’* brandies, Armagnac, Calvados (the Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to Cognac’s Beyonce Knowles) and Cognac, are all now welcome guests at cocktail parties and bartenders have embraced the bold, complex spirits with a wide range of styles and character.

So, join us, both seasoned experts and intrepid newcomers alike, as we run through some of the most flavoursome and fantastic French brandy around. À votre santé!

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Like live music? Love whisky? Meet the Rhythm & Booze Project!

Whisky and music go hand in hand. But what would a truly immersive, fun-centric experience look like, sound like and taste like, so that both are equally celebrated? We chat with drinks writer and musician Felipe Schrieberg who is attempting just that. We’re all ears.

Press releases fly into MoM Towers on a daily basis. It takes a certain level of excitement or intrigue for us to sit up at really take note. But that was exactly the reaction when advance notice of the Rhythm & Booze Project reached us last month. It goes without saying that we are booze fans. We live it, breathe it, hell, sometimes we even drink it. And the rhythm part also appealed. From obscure hip hop to ’90s pop, there’s nothing we like more than a light boogie of an evening.

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#WhiskySanta’s Probably Speyside’s Finest Distillery 50yo 1967 Super Wish!

This week #WhiskySanta is giving away a mysterious old whisky from Probably Speyside’s Finest Distillery (hint, hint) to one lucky wisher.

Ho, ho, ho, everyone! There’s so much to do in the run-up to Christmas: the sleigh needs to pass its MOT, the reindeers are practising formation flying (not as easy as it looks), and, most importantly, my beard needs work. A beard this magnificent doesn’t just happen by chance. You should see all the unguents and oils that I have to treat it with. But that enough about my facial hair, because it’s time for another Super Wish!

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The Nightcap: 9 November

We’ve got another edition of The Nightcap ready – time for your brain to hungrily digest these delicious morsels of drinks news!

It’s Friday, fair folks that read the MoM Blog! While this of course means that it’s time for your regularly scheduled instalment of The Nightcap, it’s also the day of the week that new CDs get released. So why not enjoy The Nightcap while listening to some fresh new jams – like a jazz album by Jeff Goldblum? Yes, that Jeff Goldblum. Jeff “Life finds a way” Goldblum. What does that have to do with booze? Nothing, we just think Jeff Goldblum is cool.

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