Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 1

The wait is over – it’s finally 1 December which means one thing… time to tear open the first window on our superb spirit-filled Advent Calendars!

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Glenfarclas 25 Years Old: A classy dram from this Speyside stalwart – Glenfarclas 25 Years Old is an elegant sherried expression packed with gingerbread and buttery chocolate notes. What a way to kick off Advent!


The Bourbon Advent Calendar: #WhiskeyAdvent

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Michter's US*1 Bourbon: A small-batch bourbon packing all manner of caramel, vanilla and fruit notes, underscored with a delicious earthiness. What’s not to love?!

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Glenfarclas 21 Year Old: A thick, unctuous dram, heavily sherried and incredibly smooth with surprisingly little oak influence for a dram of its age.


The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Michter's US*1 Unblended American Whiskey: An intriguing expression from Michter’s – bourbon must be matured in new oak, but this one’s been aged in ex-bourbon barrels! Ignore the confusing moniker, this whiskey is marvellous.


The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Okayama Single Malt: A Japanese single malt from the comparatively little-known Miyashita Distillery, in the Okayama Prefecture. This particular expression is made using Japanese barley and has been aged in ex-brandy barrels.


The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Kinahan's 10 Year Old: A handy Irish single malt from the Kinahan’s brand. Expect lots of luscious green apples on the nose, and a bundle of fresh spices to come through on the palate. Delicious.


The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Tomatin 20 Year Old 1996 (Cask 91622): Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod) – An independent bottler long admired for their tasty whisky wares, Ian Macleod has well and truly come up trumps with this 20 year old Tomatin single malt. The whisky was distilled in October 1996 and bottled in 2017, and in between was finished in a Pedro Ximenéz cask. Just 539 bottles were released, so once it’s gone, it’s gone!


The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Dalwhinnie 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015) or Glenkinchie 24 Year Old 1991 (Special Release 2016): Kicking off the Premium Whisky Advent Calendar is a 25 year old Dalwhinnie, matured in refill American oak hogsheads. This bottle was part of Diageo’s 2015 Special Releases collection! You may have a Glenkinchie 24 Year Old 1991 (Special Release 2016) in your window – which is also a thing of deliciousness! 


The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak: Well, well, well. This hard-to-find Macallan is simply a joy to behold. The Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago have it a flawless 100/100 score, and we quite agree. Expect a mega fruity nose and sweet spices, leading to a surprise smoky element. Macallan at its best.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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The Macallan No.6 in Lalique Decanter: The sixth and final expression in The Macallan Six Pillars series, released in partnership with French crystal house Lalique. Fragrant, silky and oh-so-luxurious, this Speyside classic is surely the most indulgent way to kick off Advent.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

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Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23: A fabulous Guatemalan rum made using the Solera blending system and a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. Super rounded yet packed with flavour, look out for bags of honeyed chocolate notes and a wisp of smoke on the finish.

The Gin Advent Calendar  – #GinAdvent

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Mayfield Gin: Beer-loving gin fan? You’ll love this Sussex hop-fuelled gin from Mayfield! Classic juniper, citrus and coriander combine with the hops for a pleasingly herbal and oily gin.


The Cognac Advent Calendar: #CognacAdvent

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Maxime Trijol XO: A classic XO Cognac, tangy, toasty and complex. The spirit was distilled the expertise Jean-Jacques Trijol, a member of the Trijol family which has been distilling since 1859.


The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Fortaleza Blanco: Herbal, vegetal, citrusy and creamy. What more could you want from a blanco Tequila?!

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent

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Domaine Loujan 2000 Bas Armagnac: The first expression from the Armagnac house made with eaux-de-vie made in their entirety at Domaine Loujan.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent

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Sobolinaya Superior Organic Vodka: Made in France, Sobolinaya is an organic vodka boasting notes of vanilla, licorice and white chocolate.


The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Mezcal El Jolgorio Tobaziche: A lemon and lime-led mezcal made using rare Tobaziche agave.

The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent

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Francois Guy Absinthe: Made in Pontarlier, France, close to the border with Switzerland, this is a vibrant, fresh absinthe with an appealing olive tint.