Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 16

As the big day gets ever closer, it's time to explore the drams behind Door 16 of our Advent Calendars of amazement! 

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

Kavalan Single Malt Whisky: Matured in American oak barrels that previously held white and red wines, this Taiwanese tipple has a bourbon-esque profile that brings chocolate, honey and warm baking spices through a smooth delivery.

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Jim Beam Double Oak: There’s no trouble with this double, because this toasty little number is ideal for a cold winter’s day. A typically assured bourbon release from veteran Jim Beam, it’s aged in two different freshly charred American oak barrels, and you can taste it.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old: Aged in a high proportion of European oak casks, this Dufftown dram is packed with notes of orange zest spiciness, hints of cut grass and smatterings of nuts, oak and toffee.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Bulleit Rye: If you’re a fan of Bulleit Bourbon and but need more rye in your life, then you’ll love this edition. With a mash bill comprising 95% rye and 5% malted barley, this small batch production is all the proof you need that Bulleit can handle rye whiskey.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Togouchi Premium Blended Japanese Whisky: This whisky is aged in an old, previously abandoned railway tunnel and its alcohol content is reduced by using pure spring water from Sandankyo mountains, so you know you’re tasting rural, rustic Japan in a dram here.

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

West Cork 12 Year Old Sherry Cask: West Cork Distillers launched this beauty in 2016 after it was allowed a finishing period in Sherry casks, giving it those deliciously decadent touches of sweet berries and milk chocolate.

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Speyside 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 0119) - The Cooper's Choice: Distilled in January 2007, this single cask release was bottled by Cooper's Choice from the Vintage Malt Whisky Co.'s selection in 2017, after a finishing period in a sherry cask. This maturation has worked a treat, imparting notes of honeyed raspberries, dried barley, almond pastries and a pinch of cumin. You could also have Croftengea 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 5024), another delicious bottling from The Cooper's Choice.

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10: An exceptional blended Scotch whisky exclusively made with malt and grain whiskies from distilleries that are unfortunately no longer in production. This 10th batch is every bit as jaw-droppingly complex and assured as you would expect.

The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Highland Park 30 Year Old: An absolutely outstanding whisky, there is surely no way you could not enjoy this devastatingly beautiful dram of rich chocolate, juicy sultana, winter spices and sea-spray hints.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Tomatin 1971 44 Year Old: A single cask release distilled in 1971 and matured in a Spanish ex-oloroso sherry cask, the first in Tomatin's revered Warehouse 6 Collection has earned the right to be enjoyed very slowly, to have every sip savoured, because it’s a truly astonishing expression.

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

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Bathtub Gin - Cask-Aged: A cask-aged edition of Ableforth's marvellous Bathtub Gin, aged for between three and six months in tiny ‘octave’ casks, which have a large surface area to volume ratio. This imparts all kinds of complexity and flavour, creating a wonderfully spicy, rich and buttery gin.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Clairin Sajous 2015: An intriguing style of rhum agricole from Haiti, the sugar cane juice used in this expression is reduced over fires fuelled by the remains of the aforementioned sugar cane, and then undergoes a wild fermentation. Add that to the double distillation process, and you’ve got a rum with notes of milk chocolate, leafy herbs, crunchy brown sugar and funky hints of wet grass to savour.

The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac: Released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac, this wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier is rich, intense and utterly delicious.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Corazón Expresiones Reposado - Buffalo Trace Barrel (cask 12449): This Reposado spent over 10 months in barrels that previously held Buffalo Trace bourbon, and the array of fizzy oak spices, caramelised agave and corn hints will make you very grateful for this fact.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Clos Martin VSOP 8 Year Old Bas-Armagnac: Distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, this eight year old VSOP from Clos Martin has a delicate spiciness and elegant flavour profile that Armagnac fans should love.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Chase Vodka: The signature spirit from the versatile brand created in its entirety on a Herefordshire family farm, from seed to bottle. The result is an exquisite vodka of genuine provenance.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Mezcal Amores Espadin: Made with Espadin agave from Oaxaca, this Amores mezcal has a wonderfully subtle and refined character, brimming with various suggestions of capsicum, mint leaf, wood smoke and just a hint of cream.

The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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La Fée Blanche Absinthe: An old fashioned-style white absinthe, La Fée Blanche is based on an old French recipe from the 1800s and produced in conjunction with the French Absinthe Museum. It is a sweet and herbal dram, with hints of star anise and fennel seed.

La Fée Blanche, absinthe-vent 53% #absinthe

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