Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 12

It's the official Advent half-way mark – Day 12 has arrived! And there's no let-up when it comes to the quality of the drams inside our decidedly delicious Advent calendars...

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Evan Williams White Label: A back-bar favourite around the world, this classic Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is bottled at a higher ABV than the regular Evan Williams, and is an enjoyably warming dram with notes of red peppercorn spice, maple syrup, BBQ smoke and dry-roasted peanuts.

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon: Made from a blend of two whiskeys, one a young wheated bourbon distilled by Smooth Ambler and the other an old, rye-rich bourbon the distillers have sourced, this intriguing release isn’t just for those interested in the art of distilling, but for lovers of tasty bourbon too.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Loch Lomond 12 Year Old: Drawn from a selection of three cask types – bourbon casks, refill casks and recharged casks – this beauty offers notes of brown sugar, five-spice, creamy vanilla and orchard fruits.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Knob Creek Rye: Striking a perfect balance between classic, spicy rye whiskeys and sweeter, vanilla-fuelled high-rye-content bourbons, this rye release from Knob Creek is teaming with rich caramel, bright ginger, rye spiciness, vanilla, brown sugar and soft butter.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Hibiki 17 Year Old: This renowned Japanese blend is made with aged malt and grain whiskies from all of Suntory's distilleries, giving it a simply gorgeously array of mixed peels, raisin, custard and plenty of oak.

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Connemara Peated: Rare among Irish whiskey for being a peated expression, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is an Islay imitator. This edition cuts its own path, with malt and peat blending with honeyed smoke and barley sweetness.

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Tipperary 8 Year Old 2008 (cask RC00117) - Red Wine Cask Finish: After it was treated to a finishing period in red wine casks, this Irish single malt has a bounty of all the kind of fruit notes you’d expect from the flavour profile.

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Stagg Jr.: The impressive Stagg Jr. from Buffalo Trace is a particularly punchy release, with this bottling weighing in at an imposing 64.9% ABV. This doesn’t stop the peppery and intense notes with touches of burnt sugar and coffee beans from shining through.

The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Invergordon 42 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company): An absolute delight for the senses, this single grain was bottled following a lengthy 42-year distillation period. Made using a coffey still, expect notes of chocolate buttons, papaya and old leather. Some people might have a different Invergordon beauty in their calendar: Invergordon 52 Year Old 1964 (cask 11487) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing), or Invergordon 50 Year Old 1966 (cask 12235) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing).

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

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Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company): That Boutique-y Gin Company combines gin with whole pineapples that have been roasted on a spit with Demerara sugar until they're caramelised for this truly glorious treat that works just as well as a winter warmer as it does a summer delight.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Flor de Caña 12 Year Old: From Nicaraguan producer Flor de Caña, this fine sipping rum is bursting with flavours including toffee apple and buttery vanilla.

December 12: Ron Flor de Caña 12 Year Old #flordecaña #12yearold #rum #rumadventcalendar #drinksbythedram

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The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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Fanny Fougerat Petite Cigüe VSOP Cognac: From Fanny Fougerat, this fascinating VSOP Cognac is hugely fruity, with a zesty kick of citrus acidity developing.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Tapatio Reposado Tequila: Aged for four months in casks that previously held bourbon, this reposado is seriously delicious and works just as fantastically in cocktails as it does by itself.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Château de Laubade VSOP Bas Armagnac: Château de Laubade ages its eaux-de-vie exclusively in Gascony oak casks, so this VSOP expression of Bas Armagnac is packed with sumptuous flavours of banana, vanilla and hints of spicy figs.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Cîroc Vodka: This chic, premium French vodka is five times distilled with grapes harvested when frozen. Enjoy the floral, aromatic profile, with hints of fresh flowers and fruit with a creamy finish.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej 2013: Made using Angustifolia Haw agave and a double distillation technique, this is exactly the kind of mouth-watering mezcal you’ve come to expect from the brand. It's teaming with citrus, delicate floral notes and sweet toasted caramel cooked agave.

The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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La Fée NV Absinthe Verte: Working exceptionally well with a variety of mixers, La Fée's 'Envy' offering is popular with the bar and club market for good reason.