Our friends at Master of Malt have decided to celebrate the Leap Year (in case you haven't noticed there are 29 days this month) by creating a special bottled concoction - the Secret Leap Year Cocktail. Generous as they are Master of Malt are also giving away a prize! Here's what they've got to say:
On the 29th February, for one day only, you'll be able to buy 20cl bottles of our Secret Leap Year Cocktail. After you've tasted this marvellous concoction, your challenge is to name the five ingredients used to make it.
Monday last week at the SMC, Sean Baxter from Behind Bars walked us through a very tasty line-up of some beautiful Single Malt whiskies produced in different regions of Scotland to give us an idea of the different styles. In the line up we had a total of 6 whiskies - Glenkinchie 10 and 12 year old from the Lowlands, Talisker Distillers Edition and Talisker 18 Year Old from the Islands and Lagavulin 12 and 16 Year Old from the Islay.
The Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge will come to an end after a select few bartenders, out of the hundreds of participants around the world, will be given the chance to compete in the final battle for the ultimate title in Trinidad next month.
The Champion of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge will win a grand prize of 10,000 US dollars and a contract as Angostura's Global Brand Ambassador for the next 12 months.
In 2010 Bacardi celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Bacardi Daiquiri, which also marked the launch of the Superior Heritage Limited Edition Rum produced to commemorate the event.
Now the spirits company has declared 2012 to be its most innovative year since the creation of BACARDI rum in 1862.
Throughout the year Bacardi will host one-of-a-kind birthday parties, launch special promotions around the world and introduce a $2,000 limited-edition bottling of Bacardi rum to celebrate the journey that has lasted for 150 years.
Last month at Chez Regine we had the chance to try some pretty special locally produced small batch whiskey from Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. The Timboon Railway Shed Distillery is located in a renovated railway goods shed dating from 1910 and is a short drive from the scenic Great Ocean Road and the famous 12 Apostles rock formation.
Master of Malt recently participated in the increasingly popular Movember charity event by not only growing a handsome moustache, but by launching special edition bottlings including the Glenfarclas Movember 2011 bottling with £10 from the sale of each bottle donated to Movember.
The bottle is adorned with a still image of the Master of Malt team, recreated with the help of an old photograph from the Glenfarclas distillery.
Members of the International Rum Experts Panel (RumXPs) dominated the nominations and the social media awards given out recently at the annual dinner ceremony that is part of the RumFest UK experience in London.
In addition to rum, whisk(e)y has always been one of my favourite spirits and though I write about rum more often, I have not forgotten to enjoy a good dram of Scotch every now and then. Fortunately, my current hometown has plenty of people who appreciate all kinds of whiskey and even has dedicated bars for the appreciation for this fine spirit.