Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 17

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As such, our Advent Calendars are starting to look rather bare… Nevertheless, there are some cracking drams yet to be discovered still hidden behind those doors.

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Talisker 10 Year Old: Aged for a minimum of 10 years in American oak casks, this classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye opens up with big, peaty, barley bonfire smoke notes, before settling into orchard fruit and a toasted malty, sugary finish.

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon: Rebel Yell is not just any old whiskey! It was one of the first wheated bourbon recipes ever created, way back in 1849. Packed with sultanas, nectarine, prune and vanilla notes, this historic bourbon is still made according to the original recipe, with wheat, corn and malted barley.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest: Matured in American bourbon barrels and finished for three years in oloroso sherry butts to give it a gloriously warm finish, Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest is a dram and a half. To accentuate its rich fruitiness and trademark smokiness, Bowmore suggests enjoying it with some rich dark chocolate.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

Bernheim Original: The first straight wheat whiskey to launch on the US market, Bernheim Original is bottled at seven years of age, and is a full, sweet dram that develops into a long and slightly dry finish packed with toasted spices.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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White Oak Akashi Single Malt: Hold on tight, we’re going on a whisky adventure! This no-age-statement single malt release from the Akashi range, produced by White Oak in Hyogo, represents somewhat unchartered territory. Creamy and delicious.

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Tipperary Watershed: Bottled and released by Tipperary Boutique Distillery Company, each batch of Watershed single malt is drawn from a selection of six first-fill bourbon casks, resulting in an Irish whiskey packed with raisins, sultanas, and brown sugar, with a long white chocolate finish.

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar #WhiskyAdvent

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Fettercairn 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 11084) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing): There's a fantastic 20 year old Fettercairn behind the Day 17 window, distilled in November 1995 and bottled in February 2016. It's a fruity little  number, with a whole host of gorgeous vanilla notes from its ex-bourbon cask. Some of you will discover a sherried single malt: Blair Athol 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11788) - Old Particular. This one was distilled in November 1995 and bottled in June 2017. Both are downright delicious. 

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt: This most excellent whiskey from the Tullamore D.E.W. range has been finished for up to six months in bourbon, oloroso sherry, Port and Madeira casks. Expect notes of soft fruit, bourbon-cask vanilla and toasted bread – delightful.

The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Half-Century Blend: This incredibly well-crafted drop from the Blended Whisky Company is made up of whiskies that have been aged for more than 50 years, and its expressive flavour profile demonstrates that perfectly: cigar box, brown sugar, vanilla, dried fruit, rye spice, oak, apricot jam, gingerbread, walnut… Just wow.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Teeling 33 Year Old - Vintage Reserve Collection: Drawn from a pair of ex-American oak bourbon barrels that matured the whiskey for 33 years before the folk at Teeling bottled it; this outstanding dram has a light, fresh palate with notes of vanilla, sandalwood, allspice, and orchard fruits, developing into a deep, inviting finish.

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

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Rutte Dry Gin: Produced in the Netherlands, this elegant dry gin lists fennel as a key botanical alongside more classic ingredients juniper, coriander and orange peel. Creamy, peppery, herbaceous, and great in a cocktail.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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J. Bally Millésime 2002 Rhum Vieux: Produced on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean, this 2002 vintage rhum agricole is sweet and powerful. It’s oaky, with vanilla, dark chocolate, pepper and spice.  

The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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Hine Rare VSOP Cognac: A blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes, Hine Rare VSOP is what's known as a Fine Champagne, and contains Cognac aged between six and 12 years, with most being around eight years old. The result is a delicate and smooth spirit that’s just terrific to sip.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Herencia de Plata Blanco: Spanish for ‘Silver Inheritance’, this fresh blanco Tequila is bottled immediately after distillation and boasts notes of citrus, pepper, earth and smoke. Absolutely cracking in a cocktail, we can confirm.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Baron de Sigognac VSOP: Balanced yet complex, this VSOP was aged for six months in new oak, before it was decanted into old oak, where it remained for a further seven years. The folk at Baron de Sigognac sure know how to craft a fine digestif.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Square One Vodka: Rich and nutty; it’s a cracking vodka, this. Made from 100% organic American-grown rye, and water from the Teton Range of Wyoming, Square One is the world’s first certified organic rye vodka.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

Mezcal San Cosme: Produced in small batches in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mezcal San Cosme is made with 100% Espadin agave. On the palate, you’ll find smoky agave mixed with leather and an earthiness, with a caramel sweetness. The finish is spicy and warm, perfect for a wintery night.

#adventcalendar #mezcal #sancosme #delicious #newtradition @drinksbythedram #only7moredays

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The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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Redux Absinthe: Redux Absinthe from Colorado's Golden Moon distillery is lurking behind Day 17's window, and it's packed with orange and lemon oils, intense anise, and Alpine herbs. Don’t be alarmed if you discover the striking Corsair Red, with its notes of hibiscus, wormwood and citrus, or is the well-rounded, rich Adnams Absinthe Verte.

Today’s absinthe-vent, Redux! #absinthe

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