Update from Master of Malt – New Whisky Liqueur and Ampleforth Creations!

We’ve written a few times about the imaginative innovations from Master of Malt and, perhaps unexpectedly, their experimental outlook has continued. Here is a little review of some of their updated product line.
Most notable is the expansion of the Professor Cornelius Ampleforth range, which started with the unusual Bathtub Gin.
Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink (54.55%ABV)
This is an intriguing mix of 10 year old Speyside Whisky (aged in Sherry barrels) and home-made Paxarette (made by reducing Pedro Ximenez sherry). Paxarette used to be used by the Scotch Whisky industry to season barrels before they were used to age spirit, as it was seen to enhance flavour.
This was interestingly dark in colour; much darker than dark rum, rather like the colour of treacle. The nose was sweet and sticky, with notes of sherry and fruit, like a combination of Pedro Ximenez sherry and tea leaf cake. Mrs. B. was reminded of sponge soaked in treacle, with raisins in it, transforming into a much lighter, syrupy sweetness. Towards the end, there was a little dryness, too.
To taste, it was thick and silky. The sweetness was definitely there, but there was also a lot of spice and jammy berry flavours (raisins) that faded into the dryness of a good dry sherry. Mrs. B. thought there was a very interesting progression in flavour from wood, to charred wood, before she was again strongly reminded of treacle, with hints of dark liquorice and raisins. She also noted that it was quite strong.
Pretty unique; neither of us had tasted anything like it before. Nonetheless, we both agreed that it was the best spirit we have yet tried from Master of Malt.

The Proprietary Barley Spirit Drink is available from The Master of Malt Website

Rumbullion! (42.60%ABV)
This is a blend of high-proof Caribbean Rum to which vanilla, orange, cinnamon, cloves and a hint of cardamon are added.

The liquid is thick and very dark and there is a thick and strong nose of cinnamon, vanilla and other spice, as well as citrus peel.
The initial flavour is of thick, home-made cola and cola bottles. This gives way to some warmth, both from the rum and from the wintery spice. A very rich and comforting drink, whilst also being rather unusual. The cola-like quality is most prominent, although there’s also a hint of dark chocolate.

Rumbullion! is available from The Master of Malt Website



Besmoked Vodka (40.20%ABV)
This is a Vodka that has been smoked using Maple, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, and Hickory wood, as well as a sprinkling of rosemary. All of these ingredients (minus the vodka) are placed in a briar pipe which is lit. The aromatic smoke is then drawn through a carbon filter and then through a carboy* filled with the vodka.



Intensely smoky but in quite a dry way, hints of smoked meat and salmon. But overall despite the concentration of smoke it is also pretty clean too. Very nice.



Besmoked Vodka is available from The Master of Malt Website



In addition to the Ampleforth Collection, we were kindly sent a sample of the new (Batch 4) 30 Year Old Whisky Liqueur. We still had a sample of the previous incarnation of the liqueur, courtesy of CashStrength’s Mr. Ridley and so Mrs. B did a blind comparison.

Master of Malt’s 30 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur – Previous Batch

This liqueur was slightly lighter and redder in colour, like copper.
The nose had a herbal edge to it, reminding Mrs. B. slightly of cough syrup, and was sweet, light, with hints of honey, cinnamon and cherry.
Very pleasant on the tongue, with a silky sweetness, this tasted very much like a liqueur. It was nonetheless quite thin – not syrupy and had a smoke-like texture across the back of the throat and the tobacco aftertaste that Mrs. B. found so difficult to ignore in her previous tasting. DBS – less hindered by this taste – picked up additional notes of orange peel.

Master of Malt’s 30 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur – New Batch 4

Darker and less red in colour, this batch had a very different nose to the one previous. The whisky came through much more, without any heavy herbal notes.
Although this seemed to be more silky on the tongue, it was neither thick nor overly sweet. The taste was much more like a whisky than a liqueur. There were notes of wood, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and a light sweetness.
Both of us agreed that the new batch was much tastier than the old.

*A rigid container for liquid

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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