Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 23

The penultimate Advent Calendar day is upon us. It’s been a cracking few weeks though – and as Day 23 reveals, we’ve every intention of going out of a high with some particularly glam drams. Behold!

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak: A truly remarkable 12 year old single malt from hero distillery The Macallan. Rich dried fruits, charred oak, soft spice and a sweet, lingering finish. One of the best in its age category.

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2017-01E): Every batch of Booker's True Barrel Bourbon is a winner, and this bottling is certainly no exception. Aged for six years and one month, the liquid is presented uncut and unfiltered. A heady mix of toffee, cedar and cherry.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish: Created collaboratively by Glenfiddich malt master Brian Kinsman and IPA expert Seb Jones, this fascinating single malt has indeed been finished for three months in former IPA casks. Vibrant and zesty.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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High West Campfire Whiskey: Ever wondered what the combination of peated Scotch whisky and sweet bourbon would taste like in a bottle? Well, wonder no longer! This incredibly well-balanced dram is a masterclass in blending global whisky styles.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Togouchi 15 Year Old: If you’ve enjoyed the Togouchi drams thus far, you’ll love this 15 year old blend. Nutty and chocolatey, with a finish packed with peppercorn, vanilla and a touch of peat.

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series 1: The first release in Teeling's Brabazon Bottling range – an experiment in fortified wine casks and Irish whiskey – contains liquid drawn from six Sherry casks. Absolutely delicious!

Day 23, Teeling Brabazon Series.

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The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Ben Nevis 17 Year Old 1999 (Cask 94311) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod): Most of you will happen upon a Dun Bheagan bottling of 17 year old Ben Nevis single malt, distilled in May 1999 and finished in a former Madeira wine cask. Tasty! Some of you may discover a sweet, syrupy, peppery Glengoyne behind today’s door – aged for eight years in a refill hogshead cask before being bottled by Douglas Laing for its Single Minded range. Both are delicious.

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (69.7%): This cask-strength bourbon from Heaven Hill's Elijah Craig is one to sip and savour. Initially nutty, it unravels into deep vanilla and orange oil, with an satisfyingly spicy finish. A few drops of water take this dram to another level.

The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Balvenie 30 Year Old: We’re bringing out the big guns, here. This is the 2014 release of this single malt, which has been matured in a mixture of traditional oak and Sherry casks. Warming, rich and complex, with a long honeyed, floral finish – just beautiful.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672): This is the first 60 year old ever released by Glenfarclas, and it’s a real beauty. Matured in a single first-fill sherry butt, this landmark dram boasts notes of dried fruits, treacle, rich spices and espresso. If there was an award for ‘world’s longest finish’, this whisky would be in with a chance for sure.

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

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Scapegrace Gold Gin: Bottled at 57% abv, this higher-strength variation on the core Scapegrace Gin recipe packs a real punch. It features almost all of the same botanicals – juniper, coriander, nutmeg, cardamom, lemon peel, orange peel, orris, cinnamon, cassia, angelica, clove and liquorice – with some zesty tangerine peels thrown in for good measure.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Botran Reserva Blanca: Aged in a Solera system using ex-bourbon casks, this rich, rounded rum has been charcoal filtered to remove the colour but keep those delcious aged rum flavours. Pretty cool, eh?

The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 35 Fontvieille: As with all Cognacs from Ragnaud Sabourin, this bottling is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes hailing from the Grande Champagne region. No geographical mixing it up here, and no sweetening or colouring either. Superb.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Fortaleza Añejo: This beautifully complex añejo has been aged for 18 months in American oak casks, resulting in a complex Tequila that delivers notes of vanilla, butterscotch and cooked agave.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Darroze Grands Assemblages 30 Year Old Bas-Armagnac: 30 years in cask has mellowed those formerly fiery eaux-de-vie, resulting in an intensely flavoursome and rather festive Armagnac: think mince pies, cloves and cinnamon!

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Isfjord Premium Arctic Vodka: Made with five times distilled wheat and blended with super soft water from the icebergs of Greenland – yes, really – Isfjord Premium Arctic Vodka is fantastic served over ice or in a cocktail. Cracking in a Martini.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Los Siete Misterios Mexicano 2015: Made with the large Mexicano variety of agave by the folk at Los Siete Misterios. Smoky and floral, with notes of chilli-chocolate.

#yesterdays #sietemisterios #mezcal #day23 @drinksbythedram

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The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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Combier L'Entêté Absinthe Supérieure: ‘L'Entêté Absinthe’ means ‘The Stubborn Absinthe’ in English, and it’s so-named in honour of Combier owner Franck Choisne, who had some pretty strong feelings towards a French law that put restrictions of fennel in absinthe back in 1988. Guess what it lists among its key ingredients…?

L’Entêté 62% one more to go!! Absinthe-vent! #absinthe

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