Y’know, we could get rather used to sampling a delectable dram each day. We’re over one third of the way through Advent – let’s get stuck into Day 11!
The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Ailsa Bay Single Malt: Peat in the front, sweet in the back. Ailsa Bay is produced at Ailsa Craig and is the result of the distillery’s peated distillation run, which takes place for just two weeks out the year. It’s aged in four different casks: refill American oak, first-fill bourbon, new oak and Baby Bourbon casks from New York’s Hudson Distillery.
The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent
Baker's 7 Year Old: Named after the grand nephew of Jim Beam – Baker Beam – this nutty, tangy, fruity, spicy bourbon is made with a special strain of jug yeast that has been used by the Beam family for more than 60 years.
The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Tamdhu 10 Year Old: Fully sherry cask-matured, this indulgent dram (which was revived and relaunched at the Spirit of Speyside festival in 2013) has a creamy mouthful and notes of soft red fruit, brown sugar and clove on the palate, with a sugary ginger, cacao and blackcurrant finish.
The Scotch Advent Calendar, Day 11/24: @tamdhuwhisky, Orange zest and honey aromas intertwine with a vibrant alcohol finishing with sweet toffee notes. I am a fan. This is a really nice sipper. . . . #24daysofscotch #whiskeygram #instadram #adventcalendar #drinksbythedram #xmaspresent #tamdhu10yr #tamdhuwhisky #singlemalt #scotchscotchscotch #speyside #speysidewhisky #whiskyislife #scotchporn #scotchwhiskey #whiskey #whisky #twittersizereview #mynewfave
The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent
Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky: Craft distillery Balcones' Baby Blue Corn lies behind the American Whiskey Advent Calendar window today. This rich, thick bourbon was not only the first Texan whisky, but also the first whisky to be distilled from blue corn. Some of you might be discovering Balcones True Blue 100 Proof today, a sweet and soft dram with notes of banana nut bread and spice cake.
Day 11 of #AmericanWhiskeyAdvent is another lovely dram: @balconesdistillery Baby Blue Corn Whiskey. An indulgent nose of toffee and caramel, raisin and cherry that develop into rich, sweet coffee and chocolate cornflake cakes. To taste, this is beautifully silky with notes of caramel, apple cake and warm grain. This transforms into a dry, multilayered finish of caramel and oak, rounded off with notes of cappuccino. #whiskeyadvent from @drinksbythedram. (Photo supported by the second sleeve of my #captainrexsweater)
The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Nikka All Malt: Incredibly well-rounded and rather unusual in terms of production. This blended Japanese whisky is made with malted barley distilled in both pot stills and Coffey stills at Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyou distilleries.
December 11: Nikka All Malt Blended Malt Whisky My notes: A sweet and spicy scent hits the nose with hints of cinnamon. The palate matches its scent, as sweet and citrus notes meld together. The experience finishes with a slow, warming finish with endnotes of spice. This one is a great winter whisky to have neat; reminiscent of spiced hot chocolate or warm cider. TASTING NOTES BY STUART P (from The Whisky Exhange - thewhiskyexchange.com) Nose: Rich and full, with aromas of cinnamon and chocolate. Palate: A plush palate of dark chocolate cake, candied orange peel and sweet spice, enlivened by a mild peppery backnote. Finish: Lively and peppery, with more of that seductive citrus character #roadtowhiskykingdom #japanesewhisky #nikkawhisky #nikkaallmalt #blendedwhisky #whiskyadvent #masterofmalt #drinksbythedram #thewhiskyexchange
The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent
West Cork Original: This blend from West Cork Distillers is not to be sniffed at. Well it is, but let’s not be pedantic. A blend of grain and malt whiskey matured in bourbon casks, this dram is chock-full of poached pear, buffalo grass and light caramel with a short, peppery, orchard fruit finish.
Irish Advent Calendar 2017 - Day 11/24 Today it’s the @westcorkirishwhiskey Original 🥃 “a nice every day dram”. See review at: www.TheWhiskyViking.com . www.TheWhiskyViking.com www.twvwt.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/thewhiskyviking www.twitter.com/whisky_viking www.pinterest.com/thewhiskyviking #whisky #whiskey #bourbon #scotch #SingleMalt #TWV #TWVWT #TheWhiskyViking #the_whisky_viking #blog #blogger #review #reviews #Scotland #Islay #Speyside #Highland #Lowland #Campbeltown #Islands #VikingFamily #Viking #Irish #Advent #Calendar #Christmas #GuardianDuck #Guardian #Duck #DrinksByTheDram @drinksbythedram
The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Loch Lomond 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11184) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing): If you’ve opened your calendar door to Loch Lomond, you’re holding a single grain whisky that was distilled in December 1996 and aged for almost two decades, resulting in a citrusy, sugary, floral, fudgey dram. Some of you might have Strathclyde 55.5% 11 Year Old, a weighty 55.5% ABV affair that, like the former, was bottled for Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range.
The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Auchentoshan 18 Year Old: Introduced to Auchentoshan’s core range back in 2008, this 18 year old bottling is supremely rich and moreish. It’s been aged in American oak casks, so notes of toasted vanilla and dark nuttiness are rife. Then there's the malty finish that’s deliciously sweet and floral.
The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Dalmore 20 Year Old - Vintage 1996: Day 11 means Dalmore! Vintage 1996, was finished in specially selected Port pipes for three years, making for an incredibly rich and decadent dram. Some of you might have a 25 year old edition released from the distillery in 2015, initially matured in American white oak casks and then separated into 25 year old Palomino Fino sherry butts and 1980s first-fill bourbon casks. In both cases, the drams are delicious!
The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent
Dalmore Constellation 30 Year Old 1981 (cask 4): A phenomenal dram, aged for 26 years in an American white oak cask, before finishing in an ex-Amoroso Oloroso sherry butt for four years. It’s one of just two 1981 vintage releases in the Dalmore Constellation Collection.
The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent
Ungava Gin: Behold! Canadian gin made with six hand-picked botanicals: Nordic juniper, Arctic Blend tea, cloudberry, crowberry, Labrador tea and wild rose hips. It’s named after the Ungava Peninsula at the northern tip of Quebec, and yep, that colour is all natural – seriously.
The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva: Launched in tribute to Diplomático’s 18th century founder Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez; this glorious Venezuelan rum is distilled from molasses in a copper pot still before it is matured in whiskey barrels for 12 years. Delicious.
The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent
Le Réviseur VSOP Cognac: Grilled grapefruit, over-ripe grape, walnut, and a little toffee apple… Delicious winter pudding, or Cognac Advent bottling? Lucky for all you drammers, it’s the latter, made from grapes from the Petite Champagne region.
After the coldest day I have ever spent at work (*probably), nothing better to get back to than my @drinksbythedram advent calendar. Except that I’m running 11 days late so I’ve got a lot to open. In a world first (*for me) I’m having a cognac tasting in the bath, starting with today’s Reviseur VSOP... thanks @drinksbythedram ... you know how to make me love you #cognac #advent #gettingridoftheshivers
The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent
Casa Noble Anejo: An impressive single barrel bottling from Casa Noble, aged in French white oak barrels for two years to deliver a full-bodied dram with fruity agave, luscious caramel and rounded spice.
The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent
Marquis de Montesquiou Reserve Armagnac: Tasty stuff, this. It’s double-matured: initially in fresh local black oak casks before moving to more restrained casks for the rest of its maturation lifespan. Flavour-wise it’s honeyed and sweet, with wood spices and hints of caramel.
The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent
J.J. Whitley Rhubarb Vodka: Summertime in a bottle. Remember those days when you could leave the house without a scarf? When you could eat an ice cream in public without getting strange looks? Yeah, this’ll take you there. Sweet and slightly tart, pure rhubarb gorgeousness.
The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent
Santo de Piedra: Produced by the House of Agua Piedra Mezcal & Co, this fruit-forward joval mezcal (think peach, apricot and grapefruit) is made in San Bartolo Yautepec from espadin agave.
The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent
La Maison Fontaine Verte: Created at Pontarlier in the Jura mountain range to the east of France; La Maison Fontaine Verte is classically floral, with rich herbal and peppery notes. At 56% abv, it’s delicous on its own, with water, or – if you’re feeling fanciful – in a cocktail.