Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 7

Well, well, well, what have we here? It’s 7 December, which can only mean one thing – the seventh dram of the month is ripe for the picking! Let’s crack open those doors.

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Roe & Co Irish Whiskey: Launched in March this year, category newcomer Roe & Co is a blend of bourbon cask-aged single malt and grain whiskeys created by Diageo master blender Caroline Martin and her team. Velvety and sweet, its spiced pear and vanilla notes make it the perfect winter’s dram.

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Wild Turkey 101: You’d often find a bottle of Wild Turkey stashed close to the typewriter of American journalist Hunter S Thompson, and upon tasting a dram as fine as this it’s easy to see why. Full and rich; expect ashy sweetness, pepper, caramel and toasted cereal that lasts long into the finish.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Auchentoshan Three Wood: They say good things come in threes – and Auchentoshan Three Wood is the perfect example. Matured in three different casks (Pedro Ximénez, bourbon and oloroso), this sweet, intense and complex Lowland single malt is triple-distilled for your drinking pleasure.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Mellow Corn: If you don’t know, get to know. Oily on the palate with a smooth balance of sweet and spice, this straight corn whiskey has been aged in former Heaven Hill barrels. This little-explored style of whiskey makes for a delectable dram indeed.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Nikka Pure Malt Red: Fruity, creamy, buttery, and slightly herbal, this easy-drinking dram is a lightweight treat for the palate. It’s made up of casks primarily from Nikka distillery Miyagikyo, with a touch of Yoichi malt to round the experience off.

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Paddy Irish Whiskey: First made in 1779, this long-standing bottling is made, usually, with all three styles of Irish whiskey: single pot still, single malt and grain. The result? A sweet, medium-bodied sipper underscored by a spicy, dry, oaky finish.

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Tullibardine 24 Year Old 1993 - North Star Spirits: Pretty much does what it says its extremely delightful tin! Drawn from a bourbon hogshead that was laid down in March 1993, this independently-bottled Highland whisky is a flavourful whirl of peanut brittle, green apple, honey, and white chocolate.

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Deanston 18 Year Old: An indulgent dram from Deanston, which, believe it or not, is 100% self-sufficient in energy thanks to Hercules – the second largest waterwheel in the world. Rich honey, silky vanilla, sugary shortbread and a smidge of fresh ginger make Day 7’s selection a real treat for the palate.

The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old: A festive dessert dram if ever there was one. Aged for 25 years, this indulgent whisky is the real deal: fruit compote, cream and caster sugar develops into roasted malt, chestnuts and stewed raisins, and, as the whisky goes down, demerara sugar, nutmeg and caramel take residence on your tastebuds. A lingerer.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Auchentoshan 44 Year Old 1966: An excellent year for English football, and an excellent year, it would appear, for Scotch whisky too. This gorgeous Auchentoshan bottling has aged incredibly well (unlike some beloved football legends) and is soft, sweet, herbaceous and minty in equal measure.

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

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Bathtub Gin: Buckle up, Advent spirit explorers – we’re getting science-y. The folk at Ableforth’s infuse copper pot still-made spirit with a whole host of botanicals including cassia, orange peel and cardamom (a process known as cold-compounding) to create this extraordinary gin. You don’t need a degree in chemistry, however, to know it’s delicious.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Trois Rivières Cuvée de l’Ocean: An intriguing rhum agricole from Martinique's Trois Rivières, the liquid is made from sugar cane grown in fields right next to the sea, giving this expression a distinct coastal character. 

The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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Cognac Leyrat VSOP: Produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard, using eaux-de-vie from the Fine Bois region, this exceptional VSOP is a mouthful of dried fruits, stem ginger, custard and molasses with a fabulously long finish.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Don Fulano Blanco Fuerte: Intense, spicy, herbal, fruity; this higher-strength version of its core range cousin Don Fulano Blanco (bottled at 50% abv) is a powerful beast. This is a Tequila to be savoured and is well worth spending time on.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Comte de Lauvia Réserve: A blend of 7-15 year old eaux-de-vie made with Ugni Blanc, Baco Blanc and Folle Blance grapes. Packed with cinnamon and nutmeg, this Armagnac takes you on a tour of a French bakery, stopping by brioche and fruity pastries on route. You’ll exit via a florist selling orange blossom and lilac.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

Grasovka Bisongrass Vodka: We’re off to Poland today, with a little summin’ summin’ from Grasovka. Aromatic, light, and fragrant, the flavour of this easy-drinking vodka is based on the flavour of native bisongrass. The distinctive full-sized bottle is decorated with a bison and contains a spear of the plant inside.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Derrumbes Oaxaca Mezcal: Made with Espadin agave, cooked in a traditional underground pit, double distilled, and rested for three months; Derrumbes is the prime example of a mezcal made in the central valley of Oaxaca. It’s brimming with citrus, fruity agave, smoke and herbal pine.

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The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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La Fée XS Absinthe Française: This is one seriously cool absinthe. It’s made in Pontarlier (the French homeland of absinthe!) in very small quantities according to an historic recipe centered on grand wormwood grown nearby.