Master of Malt brings boutique spirits to UK


Hven FilliersSpirits supplier Master of Malt is expanding its portfolio of imported products including ranges from the US, Sweden and Belgium.

Specialising in hand-crafted and small-batch spirits and liqueurs, it has created a new role of head of brand development to source brands from overseas. It has appointed Michael Vachon, who previously headed Ginuine, importer of whiskeys and gins from Few Spirits in Illinois.

Alongside Few Spirits, Master of Malt now handles Spirit of Hven in Sweden, including its organic gin and vodka, its Dubhe Single Malt Whisky and its Organic Summer Schnapps.

One of the latest additions is St George Spirits in California, one of the first in the new wave of US craft distillers in 1982. Its products include Terroir Gin, using Californian botanicals such as Douglas fir, California bay laurel and coastal sage, and Dry Rye Gin – a gin for whiskey lovers.

Also from St George are Breaking & Entering Bourbon, St George Single Malt Whiskey and St George Absinthe Verte – the first legal American absinthe after the US ban was lifted in 2007.

From Belgian distillery Filliers, Master of Malt has brought over Filliers Dry Gin 28 and Goldlys 12 Year Old whiskies finished in sherry barrels. It is also importing Filliers’ Oude Graanjenever, which comes as a five-year-old, eight-year-old and 12-year-old. “By next year, genever is going to be a big thing,” Michael predicted.

Master of Malt has also introduced whiskeys and gins from Smooth Ambler Spirits in West Virginia. They include five-year-old and 10-year-old bourbons, a seven-year-old rye whiskey and Greenbier Gin and Barrel-Aged Gin.

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