The World’s First Educational Range Of Whisky Just Got Bigger

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Maverick Drinks is proud to announce the release of 9 additions to the world’s first educational whisky range, Reference Series. The range of blended malt whiskies was first launched earlier this year, and showcases the effects of various production techniques and ingredients used to make Scotch.

The initial range of Reference Series comprises three blended malt whiskies which progress from Series I to III with increasing levels of old, rare Scotch in the mix. This shows whisky drinkers the effects of the ageing process – a much-debated topic in the whisky world which can now be understood under more-controlled conditions.

There are now three extensions to the Reference Series: Extension .1, which takes a portion of the blend and finishes it in a fresh 50 litre cask previously used to hold Pedro Ximénez Sherry; Extension .2, which includes 10% heavily peated Islay Single Malt in the blend; and Extension .3, which includes the colouring agent, E150a, aka Spirit Caramel.

You can now sample these extensions against the original range. For example, you can enjoy Reference Series I.1 – the most youthful whisky in the initial range, with a portion of the blend matured in top-quality Pedro Ximénez casks against Reference Series I. Or you could compare it with II.1 or III.1 – whiskies with increasingly high proportions of old, rare Scotch in the mix, with the same percentage of the blend finished in dessert Sherry casks.

This gives whisky lovers the chance to compare the effects of using dessert Sherry maturation. The extensions .2 and .3 will also be available across the initial range, allowing connoisseurs to compare the effects of both the ageing process, as well as either spirit caramel or the addition of peat – a luxury hitherto unavailable for those outside of the whisky industry.

Reference Series I, II and III have been praised by critics and whisky lovers alike. Esteemed blog WhiskyFun.com’s Serge Valentin, for example, gave glowing reviews of the three whiskies, awarding an impressive 83, 88 and 88 points respectively.

Ask your favourite retailers for the Reference Series whiskies or buy online now from Master of Malt.

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Buy Bottled Cocktails From World-renowned Mixologist Mr Lyan

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Maverick Drinks is proud to announce the official release of Mr Lyan’s Cocktails – a unique range of innovative bottled cocktails created by Ryan Chetiyawardana A.K.A Mr Lyan, owner of London’s legendary White Lyan bar.

Featuring great packaging designed by Natasha Chetiyawardana’s company Bow & Arrow using Mr Lyan’s hand drawn illustrations, Mr Lyan’s Cocktails are ideal in any setting and can be served simply by chilling and pouring, or serving long with your favourite mixer.

The range includes cocktails for all moods and occasions, such as the decadent ‘Candlelit Manhattan’ (£46.95 RRP), which is made with Mr Lyan’s long-aged bourbon, bitters, vermouth and candle-wax. Presented in a wax lined bottle, the wax provides a lingering richness to the drink and adds a luxurious finish.

The ‘Spotless Martini’ (£27.95 RRP) brings the magic of a sophisticated aperitif to any scenario – without the need of any paraphernalia, or faff. This phenomenal twist on the classic cocktail is made with Mr Lyan’s aromatic gin, citrus bitters (which can replace the traditional twist), and a buttery green distillate made from olives and vermouth. The result is an incredible take on this familiar favourite – elevated to new levels, but to be enjoyed everyday.

Also in the range are further twists on favourite classics; the ‘Bonfire Old Fashioned’ (£26.95 RRP) mixes Mr Lyan’s Scotch with a rare, smoky lapsang souchong tea and a touch of cola bitters, whilst the ‘Diamond Rickey’ (£26.95 RRP) lifts zestiness from Mr Lyan’s gin with lime and grapefruit distillates and an almond & lime ‘falernum’ liqueur. Finally, the ‘Rainy Day Spritz’ (£29.95 RRP) – a perfect aperitif mixed with soda, white wine and/or prosecco – marries a raspberry distillate with bitter rhubarb and a blend of vermouths.

Mr Lyan first pioneered bottled cocktails in his East London bar, White Lyan. White Lyan opened in 2013 to spectacular fanfare and rave reviews. Ryan Chetiyawardana’s first solo venture is, as you might expect, rather extraordinary, using no citrus, ice, fruit or other perishables, and almost no branded products. His fantastic cocktails and innovative techniques garnered the title Best New International Cocktail Bar at the 2014 Spirit Awards, Innovator of The Year at the 2014 Imbibe awards and attracted the attention of celebrities such as Jay Z and Beyonce.

Mr Lyan’s Cocktails will be available online at Master of Malt and Selfridges.

Rumbullion! XO – The World’s First Super-Premium Spiced Rum

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UK Drinks Distributor Maverick Drinks is proud to announce the launch of the world’s first super-premium spiced rum, Rumbullion! XO.

This fabulous spirit is a 15-year-old version of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s award-winning spiced rum which was launched to critical acclaim in 2011.

Based on a blend of top-quality, rich 15-year-old Caribbean rum, Rumbullion! XO is flavoured with an intense mix of fresh cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, with a luxurious helping of creamy Madagascan vanilla and a zesty helping of orange rind.

Since its 2011 release, the original Rumbullion! has received numerous awards including a Gold medal at the prestigious 2014 Rum Masters. This new XO 15 year old edition includes all of the award-winning flavour of the original, but with an added dimension of complexity and depth thanks to the incredibly old rum in the recipe.

Each bottle is wrapped in crinkled brown paper, featuring a print of a hand-drawn illustration depicting the flag of the Royal Navy, as well as the various spices and flavours used in the recipe. The bottle necks are wrapped with twine, and each bottle is individually dipped in black sealing wax.

This superb rum can be enjoyed neat, though it is also rather good when served with ice and a squeeze of fresh lime.