Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 24

The day has come! It's Christmas Eve! Only ONE MORE SLEEP!!! But there's also a whole load of excitement to enjoy right now. It's bittersweet of course (Advent is drawing to a close after all), but these drams are absolute stunners. Enjoy – and have a very merry Christmas! 

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Half-Century Blend: There is so much life and luxury in this dram made exclusively with whiskies aged for over 50 years that you won’t be able to help being blown away. It’s utterly, utterly gorgeous.

Advent calendar day 24 #masterofmalt #myhusbandthinksimawesome #whiskyforever

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The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch: The Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch does the decent thing and lives up to to Colonel’s good name by being absolutely amazing. This is packed full of corn sweetness, caramel apples and creamy vanilla, with rye and cinnamon spices.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Half-Century Blend: There’s a reason why this incredibly well-crafted drop with an astounding flavour profile has been saved until last in this Christmas countdown. After all, what could be a better reward for Advent patience than a dram with seemingly endless poise and depth?

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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WhistlePig 12 Year Old – Old World: An exciting 12 year old straight rye whiskey inspired by the techniques of the 'old world', with a particular reverence for Scotch whisky, and finished in a selection of wine casks – 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes and 7% Port. This dram is every bit as varied and delicious as you would imagine.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Yamazaki 18 Year Old: A fitting way to conclude proceedings for Japanese whisky lovers, Yamazaki's legendary 18 year old is an earthy, rustic delight, with plenty of wood resin and a floral character teaming with zest and sherried peels.

December 24: The Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky My notes: The nose is intense with earthy elements. The palate has all the similar elements; the earthy and oak taste is center stage accompanied with citrus. The finish lingers with continued citrus and fruit, transitioning to a sherry finish as the warming effect pleasantly stays with the taster. This is quite the endnote to this Japanese Whisky Advent journey. Being the oldest dram in the collection, the complexity is evident especially during the finish. That unique transition of flavors exemplifies this Yamazaki’s journey through the years. It is elegant, mature, and overall a pleasant journey. Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt The nose is quite thick and resinous, there is a pleasant oiliness with zesty citrus and peels and a hint of sherry. Plenty of oak and orchard fruits. The palate is of medium-body with green notes and an earthen note, plenty of wood resin and a floral character with zest and sherried peels. The finish is of good length with fruit and zest. For all my followers on social media, thank you for following me through this journey of Japanese Whisky discovery. I’m looking forward to sharing much more about whiskey from all over into 2018 and beyond. Cheers! And for those who celebrate: Merry Christmas / Happy Christmas / メリークリスマス! #roadtowhiskykingdom #japanesewhisky #suntory #suntorywhisky #theyamazaki #theyamazaki18 #18yearoldwhisky #singlemalt #singlemaltwhisky #masterofmalt #drinksbythedram #whiskyadvent

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The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Teeling 24 Year Old - Vintage Reserve Collection: A 24 year old Irish single malt whiskey that was matured in bourbon casks before being given a finishing period in Sauternes wine barrels, this impressive edition from Teeling's Vintage Reserve Collection is suitably long, mellow and silky smooth. Just lovely.

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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North British 55 Year Old (Douglas Laing): Another Advent calendar corker for the final day, how can you not get excited about a 55 year old North British single grain, distilled in May 1962 and aged in a single refill hogshead until June 2017?

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Half Century Blend Batch 2: Batch 2 of the stunning blend has the same the luxurious, velvety mouthfeel of the previous batch but adds in decadent notes of a Parisian chocolaterie, rich coffee, unctuous dark fruits and nutty caramel.

December 24. #ChristmasEve #theblendedwhiskycompany #thehalfcenturyblend #batch2 #agedover50years #blendedscotchwhisky @drinksbythedram @masterofmalt #🥃 #premiumwhisky #whiskyadvent Launched in the latter half of 2016, The Half-Century Blend is The Blended Whisky Company's bottle-shaped love letter to the days of whisky production 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. As the name suggests, this astounding expression was made with whiskies which were aged for over 50 years, resulting in an immensely expressive flavour profile showing off the unmistakable characteristics of incredible whisky distilled over half a century ago. Only 768 bottles were produced in the first batch. Serge from WhiskyFun gave The Half-Century Blend a score of 90 Points. Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt Nose: Freshly baked apple crumble topped with brown sugar and extra-thick double cream, followed by roast chestnuts and a whiff of brandied cherries. A touch of tobacco leaf and old oak furniture. Palate: More cigar box and brown sugar on the palate, joined by bourbon-y vanilla and generous handfuls of dried fruit (with some juicy cherries sneaking in once again). Perhaps a touch of rye spice develops with the ethereal oak notes growing behind the rich fruit. Finish: Juicy apricot jam, gingerbread, walnut and the last hints of elegant oak lingering for ages. Overall: Massively, massively impressive blended Scotch whisky with seemingly endless poise and depth. #MerryChristmas #MerryChrisymasEve #happyholidays #🎄 #🎅🏼

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The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Master of Malt 60 Year Old Speyside: You lucky lot with this calendar have got the superb 60 (yes, SIXTY!) Year Old Speyside bottling from Master of Malt, an extraordinary single malt Scotch whisky from a famous Speyside distillery. It's packed with mouth-filling chocolate, coconut, nutmeg and walnut notes! You may have Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017) behind your window 24, a truly rare treat from a closed and sorely missed distillery.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 (cask 3603): The oldest expression from this now closed distillery and a truly special dram, this whisky was aged for just over 48 years in a 400-litre sherry oak cask and delivers devastatingly dreamy drops of spiced orange chocolates, rich oak and savoury dark sugars.

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

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Yuletide Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company): Packed with a host of traditional winter botanicals, alongside gold, frankincense, myrrh, this gin is a Christmas celebration, a most decked of halls and the perfect accompaniment to end this festive season. Make sure you give it a little shake before you open and catch the snow-globe effect!

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Old: This cracking 25 year old expression was made to celebrate the fact that Joy Spence had spent 20 years as Appleton Estate's master blender. Expect notes of gingerbread, coffee ice-cream, almond-coated pastries and crushed flower petals.

Final day of Advent #santa #drinksbythedram #lego #appletonrum #miniature

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The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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A.E. Dor No.7 Grande Champagne Cognac: Made using the exquisite eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, this powerful, dynamic expression is a touch of sheer brandy brilliance.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Edicion Limitada: Seleccion Suprema is a limited edition, super premium tequila that was aged in oak for 49 months, giving it a full bodied and oily palate, with notes of dry oak, baked agave plants, more floral notes and allspice.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Clos Martin 50 Year Old Vieille Réserve: A very rare expression which has been matured for 50 years, this astoundingly old single terroir Bas Armagnac from the esteemed Clos Martin is surely the perfect way to round off an Armagnac Advent!

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Cîroc Red Berry: A suitably festive, flavoured edition of the five-times-distilled vodka made from grapes which have been harvested when frozen, Cîroc Red Berry is blended with essences of raspberries and strawberries to give it a vibrant flavour profile.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Pescador de Sueños Arroqueño: From the hills of Sola de Vega comes this arroqueño agave-based mezcal. Arroqueño is a variety known for is size and power, and it doesn’t disappoint here, adding great viscosity and a long lovely finish to this final Advent treat. Taste a great arroqueño and you instantly understand why people go mad for the Mezcal(endar)!

The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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La Fée XS Absinthe Suisse: La Fée made this wine-based absinthe in Val-de-Travers, Switzerland, using very old recipes and methods and locally-grown grand wormwood to create an outstanding and wonderfully traditional absinthe.

Last Absinthe of Advent! La Fée XS Suisse 53% #absinthe

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