Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 8

It's time for day 8 in our Advent Calendar odyssey, and we've got a whole array of spirits for your dramming discovery...

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Cardhu 12 Year Old: This popular Speyside single malt makes for a charming Advent treat, with its gentle sweetness, soft peat and good helping of Christmas cheer!

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Hudson Baby Bourbon: Aiming to put New York whiskey back on the map, this classic bourbon was the first legal pot-still whiskey to be produced in New York since prohibition, and it was worth the wait. Made from 100% New York corn, it’s brimming with sweet caramel and vanilla notes with a pleasant touch of rye spices.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

Glengoyne 15 Year Old: If you’re not interested in peat or smoke, then today you’re in luck! Glengoyne air-dried the barley in this 15 year old, before ageing the whisky in both ex-bourbon and first-fill sherry casks to create a rich and rounded single malt.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Ragtime Rye Whiskey: It was a century-or-so ago that ragtime and rye were a thriving feature in so many bars and saloons in New York before the turbulence of Prohibition. We can enjoy the spirit of the era today with New York Distilling Company's delightful, er… spirit!

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Mars Maltage Cosmo: A whisky that sounds more like a bar of chocolate might just be the most appropriate thing we could put behind an Advent calendar window, and, fittingly, this blended malt is one for the more sweet-toothed among you. From the little-known Japanese distillery Shinshu, the Maltage Cosmo has notes of soft vanilla, sweet red fruit and chocolate biscuits.

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Kilbeggan 8 Year Old Single Grain: You can’t really ask for more from this hugely enjoyable expression; it’s a classically stunning single grain Irish whiskey. Once you enjoy the honey, vanilla, tropical fruit, almond and spiced oak notes, you’ll be Kil-beggan for more!

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 2594) - The Single Cask: Exactly the kind of dram you hope for when you hear the words ‘single cask’. This 21 year old expression is from a tip-top distillery, in this case Miltonduff, with loads of complexity and a distinctly singular character – in this case peppery oak spice, dark chocolate, and juicy orchard fruit.

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish – Distillers Edition: Finished in casks which previously held Moscatel wine, this 2003 vintage is perfect for anyone who enjoys the pairing of smoky Islay peat with touches of expressive sweetness from wine barrels.

The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Glencadam 25 Year Old: The Glencadam 25 Year Old is not only one of the distillery's rarest whiskies, but is also an exemplary reflection of this distillery's style, with its delicate, mellow and slightly sweet profile. Some Old & Rare Adventers might have William Larue Weller’s impeccable 2015 Release behind the window.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Master of Malt 60 Year Old Speyside: From the award-winning Master of Malt Secret Bottlings Series, this extraordinary 60 year old single malt Scotch whisky is from a famous, but undisclosed, Speyside distillery – you can try to guess, but our lips are sealed. 

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent

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Tanqueray Rangpur: An exotic twist on a classic, Tanqueray Rangpur sees exotic citrus from India (also known as a mandarin orange), ginger and bay leaves added to the classic Tanqueray gin botanical recipe, resulting in a warming winter treat.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Sailor Jerry 3cl Sample: Inspired by the father of old-school tattooing, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, this is a straight up handcrafted classic that makes an incredible spiced mojito with its notes of vanilla, butter, oak and winter spices.

December 8: Sailor Jerry Spirit Drink #sailorjerry #spicedrum #rum #rumadventcalendar #drinksbythedram

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The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent

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A.E. Dor XO Fine Champagne Cognac: When you have an XO Cognac from the esteemed A.E. Dor house, you know you’re in good hands. A rich blend of Grande and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie, this edition is light, honeyed, delicate and supremely well crafted.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Ocho Reposado Tequila 2016 (Puerta del Aire): Ocho's 2016 harvest at Rancho Puerta del Aire gave us this delicious reposado, a light, elegant and enjoyably zesty tequila, with notes of grapefruit, caramel, creamy hazelnut and freshly chopped pine. And let’s face it – Ocho just had to go behind door 8.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Château de Lacquy 7 Year Old VSOP: If a VSOP expression from the long-running Château de Lacquy that features sweet bursts of fresh apricot, redcurrants, sultanas and spearmint doesn’t do it for you – then surely nothing will. This is really quite lovely.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Mamont Vodka: A Siberian-made, five-times distilled vodka that has been filtered through Siberian rock (that’s not a nickname for Ivan Drago) is sure to be of considerable elegance and refinement, and Mamont does not disappoint, delivering a crystal-clear spirit with mammoth personality.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Mezcal Amores Cupreata: A typically rustic, earthy mezcal made with Cupreata agave, the sweet peaty smoke, tropical fruit and freshly cooked sweetcorn notes make this a delicious Advent treat. You can sample easy knowing that Amores plants ten agaves for each one it uses, so there’s plenty a-more-s where this came from!

#mezcal #newtradition #cupreata @drinksbythedram #adventcalendar #amores

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The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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Jade 1901 Absinthe: Superb absinthe-maker Jade based the creation of this classic on a recipe from 1901 that was used by the famous Pernod Fils distillery based in Saumur, France. With its combination of crisp, minty and earthy flavours, this expression more than does the original edition proud.

Jade 1901 Absinthe-vent continues with a delicious Jade, plate of salt bacon for scale. #absinthe

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