Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 15

Many of you would’ve enjoyed your work Christmas do yesterday, but don’t let a late night throw you off! A wealth of gorgeous drams await...

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10: The tenth batch of this exceptional blended Scotch whisk features liquid from silent distilleries Caperdonich, Rosebank, Imperial, Mosstowie, Glen Mhor, Glenisla, Glenlochy, Craigduff, Port Ellen, Brora, and Port Dundas. That's some line-up, we’re sure you’ll agree, and the resulting dram is an incredible tribute to these ghost sites.

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

Basil Hayden's Bourbon: The recipe for this classic Kentucky straight bourbon dates back to 1796, when master distiller Basil Hayden mixed small grains into a traditional corn mash. Well balanced and spicy – thanks to the rye at its core – with notes of peppermint and fruit, this light-bodied dram is a great introduction to the family of Jim Beam small batch bourbons.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10: Such a truly magnificent dram, we thought we’d share it twice. This beauty from The Blended Whisky Company is initially pudding-sweet on the palate, before presenting notes of green apple, smoke, and rich oak. A long, full, creamy finish rounds the whole experience off.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Michter's US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey: Once hugely popular, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, demand for Michter's Sour Mash Whiskey seemed to drop off in recent years. Thankfully not for too long, though, since it returned in the form of this fine expression. Don’t let the name deceive you; flavour-wise it’s sugared almonds and cinnamon spice (and all things nice!).

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Togouchi 12 Year Old: Produced by Chugoku Jozo for the Togouchi range, and aged in a tunnel, this 12 year old Japanese blended whisky is a peaty treat packed with fruit, citrus, spice and oak. It’s intended to be “influenced by Scotland and Canada, but with a Japanese style”, and we reckon that sums it up pretty well.

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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The Irishman Cask Strength (2017 Release): The 2017 release of The Irishman Cask Strength is a combination of single malt and single pot still whiskeys aged in ex-bourbon casks. Spicy malt lies at its core, with apricot, sugared almond and toasted cedar building on top of it. The finish is sweet and peppery, with a hint of ginger.

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar #WhiskyAdvent

Macduff 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 4583) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod): Bottled by Ian Macleod for the Chieftain's range, Day 15’s dram is a gorgeously sherried Macduff single malt, distilled in June 1991. After 26 years of absorbing flavour from the sherry butt that contained it, it was decanted into just 730 bottles. A real treat.

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Wolfburn Aurora Single Malt: Wolfburn Aurora Single Malt: A delightful release from Wolfburn distillery in Caithness. Released late last year, 40% of the whisky has been aged in second-fill quarter casks, another 40% in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and the final 20% in first-fill oloroso sherry hogsheads.

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The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Jura 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11067) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing): Cherry Bakewells, salted caramel and… spicy chopped coriander? You better believe it, and it works like a dream. Distilled in February 1991 and aged in a refill hogshead for 25 years, this Xtra Old Particular bottling from the Jura distillery gives way to a satisfying peppery finish.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Half-Century Blend: If the name didn’t already give it away, this massively impressive whisky is made up of whiskies that have been aged for more than 50 years – an ode to the days where "less efficient barley-strains, sprawling on-site floor maltings, inefficient brewer’s yeast, lengthy fermentation times, mucky direct-fired stills, bulky and inefficient worm-tub condensers and less active refill casks" were the norm. Truly a dram to savour.

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

FEW Breakfast Gin: In combining traditional gin botanicals such as juniper, coriander, and citrus with the Earl Grey tea, FEW Breakfast Gin really does live up to its name. This bergamot-forward recipe is the perfect base for your brunch-time French 75.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Foursquare 11 Year Old 2004 – Exceptional Cask Selection: An indulgent mouthful of raisins, vanilla pods, milk chocolate, Lyle's Golden Syrup Cake and walnuts; this gorgeous rum is a dreamy dessert dram if ever we saw one. Distilled in 2004 by Foursquare in Barbados, the rum was aged for 11 years in ex-bourbon casks.

The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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Frapin VSOP Cognac: Settle down somewhere quiet with this one – it’s a dram to savour. This exceptional VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac is blended with eaux-de-vie made of the grapes from Frapin's large estate in France.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila: A sweet, spicy Tequila, aged in American oak barrels for at least four months. Triple-distilled from 100% blue agave, this Reposado forms part of Sauza’s premium Tres Generaciones range.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Darroze 19 Year Old 1997 Domaine De Jouanchicot - Unique Collection: Domaine de Jouanchicot is unique in that it only uses the Ugni Blanc grape variety in its bottlings. This 19 year old Bas-Armagnac from Dorrze was produced by the House, so its designation in the Unique Collection is rather apt. A tropical, floral spirit.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Skyy Infusions Raspberry: Skyy’s Infusions range is made using real fruit – no artificial, plastic-tasting raspberry here. Just a hit of intense, sweet, fresh raspberry flavour that makes it perfect for cocktails. You can almost taste the seeds.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Derrumbes Michoacan Mezcal: Made from both Cupreata and Cenizo agave varieties that have been cooked in an underground pit, Mezcal Derrumbes Michoacan is a sumptuous balance of fruity and herbal, exotic and rich.

The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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Versinthe Absinthe: Bottled at 45% abv, and rather sweet for an absinthe, but don’t let that deter you – it contains heaps of star anise, herbs and pleasantly bitter notes. All in all a refreshing deviation from the norm.