Recently, I got a surprise packet in the post from the folks at Master of Malt. The contents: a new product from The Handmade Cocktail Company’s Experimental Series. The title:

“Secret Leap Year Cocktail”

The accompanying letter told me that this is a special bottled cocktail available for sale for one day only (29th February; a day we only get once every four years). The cocktail contains five mystery ingredients and anyone who purchases a bottle gets a chance to guess what they are. The author of the suggestion that is closest to the truth will get the honour of naming the cocktail when it is released for general sale later in the year.

In addition to being able to name a cocktail, the winner will also receive 20cl bottles of the seven bottled vintage cocktails currently sold by the Handmade Cocktail Company:

Old Fashioned
World’s Best Cocktail (Sazerac)
Gin Martini

Rob Roy

[Click on the names to see our reviews]

Mrs. B and I tried the cocktail and we thought it was rather tasty. Naturally, we’re not going to give our tasting notes, as that is all part of the competition, but I will give you a clue in that it reminded us both of some products that my wife often “muses over.”

The cocktail will be released for sale tomorrow (Wednesday 29th February) for one day only and is available on the Master of Malt website.

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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… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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