By some ridiculous feat of the passage of time, it's 19 December! Rather than panic, take a moment to settle down with today's dram and bask in the festivities. After all, as they say, it's the most wonderful time of the year – and we've got some wonderful drams to match!
The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Wolfburn Northland Single Malt: Aged for a minimum of three and a half years in used Islay quarter cask barrels, this is a beautiful and complex single malt that develops delightfully well for such a youthful spirit.
It's almost Christmas! This weekend I'll have to do some giftwrapping accompanied with some whisky! The WOTD is: Wolfburn Single Malt. Palate: complex, sweet, a little burn. Tasting note: "Honey Nut Clusters breakfast cereal, sweet spices, chocolate croissant, more honey towards the end, and a subtle earthy peatiness".
The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent
High West American Prairie Reserve: A delightful small-batch blend of two straight bourbons: a 6 year from Seagrams in Lawrenceberg, Indiana, and a 10 year old from Four Roses with a high rye content mash-bill. Expect sweet, toasty spices, vanilla, cherries and manuka honey.
The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Inchmurrin 12 Year Old: This 12 year old single malt from Loch Lomond distillery was aged in a mixture of casks, including bourbon, refill and re-charred wood, and is teaming with notes of barley malt, salted caramel, dried herbs, candied peels and allspice.
The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent
Balcones Texas Single Malt 53%: This quite brilliant single malt American whisky was ‘yard-aged’ in ex-bourbon American oak before it was bottled by craft-distillers extraordinaires Balcones. Expect huge flavour and character.
The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Nikka Blended Whisky: This reward for Advent patience is an expertly-made blend, brimming with intense fruit and vanilla notes, all very well balanced by Japanese distillers Nikka.
The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent
The Irishman Single Malt Irish Whiskey: A triple distilled expression aged in both sherry and bourbon casks for over 10 years before bottling that delicately combines peaches and cream with a sprinkling of crushed up biscuits and almonds that makes for an absolutely cracking dram.
The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1997 (Scotland Grindlay): Grindlay bottled this 20 year single malt from the Benrinnes distillery after it was drawn from one cask which was laid down in 1997. You can expect to find a sumptuous blend of walnuts, cashews, honey and hints of creamy chocolate.
The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Kavalan Sherry Oak: The award-winning, cask-strength Kavalan Solist Sherry diluted with Kavalan spring water to a 46% ABV, Sherry Oak is a smooth, clean and complex single malt brimming with notes of dried fruit, nuttiness and spice.
December 19. #kavalan #sherryoak @drinksbythedram @masterofmalt #🥃 #premiumwhisky #whiskyadvent You know how good the multi-award winning Kavalan Solist Sherry matured releases are? Well the whisky that goes into this permanent addition to the range is the same, brought down to a bottling strength of 46% using Kavalan spring water! Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt Nose: Familiar rich dark fruit, marzipan and spice notes. Palate: Mixed dark spices, vanilla and plum. Finish: Dried fruit and cocoa. #drinksbythedram #masterofmalt #merrychristmas #happyholidays #hohoho🎅
The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Mannochmore 25 Year Old 1990 (Special Release 2016): Matured in fresh American oak and European oak casks as well as first fill ex-bourbon American oak barrels and ex-Sherry European oak butts, this rare official bottling of Mannochmore is a refined and well-balanced dram, with a backbone of sticky, sweet fruit.
The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Highland Park 40 Year Old: Prepare to be astonished by an incredibly well-matured and spectacular Island whisky from Highland Park on Orkney, with a thick palate, huge personality and devastating class.
The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent
Anno 60² Gin: Produced in Kent, this special edition of Anno Gin celebrated co-founders Andy and Norman’s sixtieth birthdays in 2015, hence Anno 60² Gin. It was also bottled at a robust stronger-than-navy-strength 60% ABV that lends a distinctive, woody taste.
The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent
Rumbullion! Navy-Strength: Made using a secret recipe with a Caribbean rum at its spicy core, you can expect the big, spicy flavours of cardamom, clove and vanilla present in the regular Rumbullion! to be amplified here, to great effect.
Today's @drinksbythedram #RumAdvent is @ableforths Navy Strength Rumbullion! Makes sense to be sipping it up in the heights of Fort Charlotte in St Vincent. This amazing site is some 600m above sea level, first started by the French and then finished by the British. Perfect place to sit and enjoy the amazing views across the island. The Navy connection might be tenuous, but not the rum and spices! Buy a bottle at @masterofmalt here: https://www.masterofmalt.com/rum/ableforths/rumbullion-navy-strength-rum/?affiliate=thefloatingrumshack.com #RumVent #ChristmasIsComing #ChristmasTime #ChristmasInTheCaribbean
The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent
Bisquit Légende Cognac: A simply gorgeous expression from Bisquit, which hails from Château de Lignères on the Charente. We love the blend of golden fruits, honey and spices combined with floral notes on the nose.
The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent
Casamigos Añejo Tequila: This Añejo tequila, which has spent 14 months ageing in American white oak casks, tastes as good as co-founder George Clooney looks. There's a host of delightful flavours including toffee pennies, roasted agave, dark chocolate and sweetly spiced oak notes.
The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent
Château de Lacquy 2000: From small but absolutely smashing producer Château de Lacquy, this vintage is everything you could want from a Bas-Armagnac. Enjoy the gorgeous combination of dried fruit, nuttiness, citrus blossom, floral elements and underlying oak notes.
The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent
St. George California Citrus Vodka: A bright, juicy Citrus Vodka from St George Spirits of Iberian inspiration that combines Valencia oranges, Seville oranges and bergamot to create a spirit that’s clean in its approach, but rich in fresh fruit flesh and has an interesting mineral note or two along the way.
The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent
Alipús San Juan 47.8%: Alipús is a craft producer of Mezcal, and the team takes care to create impressive examples of it. This expression offers notes of sweet, roasted agave, a traditional touch of smoke and a little bit of herbaceous menthol.
The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent
Cold-Distilled Absinthe: A robust yet aromatic absinthe from Ableforth's, bottled at 91.25%! You could have La Pontissalienne in your calendar instead, an expression that aims to balance wormwood and anise notes.