Opening the Advent Calendars! Day 13

If you’ve not yet written out your Christmas cards or arranged the seating plan for the big day, fret not – there’s still time! For now, kick back and relax with Day 13...

The Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent


The Big Strand: Stretching a total length of 7 miles, the Big Strand is the longest sandy beach on Islay. Bottled by Morrison & MacKay, this light, sippable namesake single malt Scotch whisky hails from a well-known yet undisclosed distillery on the island.

The Bourbon Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 (bottled 2014): A cracking single barrel bourbon from Evan Williams lies behind door 13. Distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2014, the whiskey offers chewy toffee, rye spice, barrel char and orange peel notes. Some of you will discover a 2008 expression that was bottled last year: a woody, spicy, dram packed with notes of toffee and orchard fruits.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Wolfburn Aurora Single Malt: A magnificent release from Caithness-based Wolfburn distillery. Released late last year; 40% of the whisky was aged in second-fill quarter casks, another 40% in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and final 20% in first-fill oloroso sherry hogsheads.

The American Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky: A truly unique dram from Virgina’s Copper Fox Distillery. This American single malt is made from malted barley that has been smoked with cherry and applewood, and then aged using wood chips. Unlike anything you’ll have tasted before.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Nikka Pure Malt Black: Made with whisky from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries, this blended malt scored highly in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (with different batches scoring 92 and 95 respectively). The delicate combination of fruit, balanced oak, peat and toffee makes this an absolutely cracking dram.

Dec 13 - Nikka Pure Malt Black. #whiskeyadvent #whiskeyofjapan #boozysanta @drinksbythedram @masterofmalt

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The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – #WhiskeyAdvent

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Writers Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey: My, my, my. This deliciously light and sweet Irish treat is made from a combination of single pot still and single malt whiskeys, resulting in a honeyed, vanillic, malty dram that gives way to a warming, long finish.

The Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar #WhiskyAdvent

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Laggan Mill 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 7391) - The Cooper's Choice: A gorgeous single cask up for grabs here, from an undisclosed Islay distillery and independently bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Company for its Coopers Choice range. Distilled in 2008, the expression was matured in a bourbon cask for eight years until 2016. Some Adventers will have a seven year old 2009 bourbon cask-matured expression behind their door 13.

The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent


Royal Brackla 14 Year Old 2001 (bottled 2016) - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr): A glorious 14 year old Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky bottled independently for Morrison & MacKay’s Càrn Mòr range. The palate is brimming with chocolate raisins, liquorice, yellow plum, and pear, with a rather long vanilla-forward finish.

The Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Glenfarclas 29 Year Old 1986 Refill Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series V: The fifth release in the Glenfarclas Family Collector Series, this delectable dram was aged in a pair of refill sherry butts to bring a lighter sherry influence to the collection, which has otherwise featured whiskies drawn from oloroso and fino sherry casks.

The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – #WhiskyAdvent

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Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons): The rarest of the rare, this one. This single cask whisky was distilled in November 1974 (one year before Ladyburn’s stills fell silent), matured in a first fill bourbon cask and bottled in November 2014, to the delight of Scotch fans everywhere.

The Gin Advent Calendar – #GinAdvent


The Wrecking Coast Cornish Clotted Cream Gin: To create this creamy, junipery delight, the folk at The Wrecking Coast Distillery macerated 12 botanicals (sans cream) in grain spirit for a fortnight, and then ran the liquid through a computer-controlled iStill. Meanwhile, Cornish clotted cream was cold distilled in a vacuum still, and the lovely lot was blended together to create this sumptuously creamy treat.

The Rum Advent Calendar – #RumAdvent

Gosling's Black Seal: Deep and thick, this rum is a heady blend of sweet spices, stewed fruits, and a spiced, crisp finish. Produced in Bermuda since 1806; Gosling's Black Seal is named after the wax used to seal the stopper in place.

The Cognac Advent Calendar – #CognacAdvent


Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve des Borderies: Produced solely using grapes from the Borderies region, this Cognac is made up of liquid aged between 25 and 30 years – and as such, is the is the oldest in the small produced by Domaine de la Grolette.

The Tequila Advent Calendar – #TequilaAdvent

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Centinela Blanco: Vibrant and flavoursome, Centinela Blanco is twice distilled from 100% blue weber agave and presented unaged. Casa Centinela was founded in 1904 by the Torres Perez Vargas family, who have been producing Tequila at the Hacienda El Centinela since 1904.

The Armagnac Advent Calendar – #ArmagnacAdvent


Laberdolive 12 Year Old Bas-Armagnac Terre-Bouc: Laberdolive has more than 100 years of brandy-making history behind it, so, clearly, this house knows what it’s doing. This incredibly well-made Armagnac is a fantastic example of its production prowess.

The Vodka Advent Calendar – #VodkaAdvent


Cold River Blueberry Vodka: Cold River Blueberry Vodka: This is no run-of-the-mill blueberry vodka, let us tell you. To make this intensely flavourful vodka, the dedicated folk at Maine Distillery steep Wymans and Maine blueberries in alcohol for a few days, add a touch of sugar and water, and mix this tincture into their Cold River potato vodka.

The Mezcal Advent Calendar – #MezcalAdvent

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Del Maguey San Jose Rio Minas Mezcal: This limited edition bottling is a real treat and is unique in terms of both origin (it’s made in the village of Rio Minas) and flavour. A light, sweet, floral mezcal with luxuriant notes of papaya, peach, and violets that give way to a herbal, eucalyptus finish.

#delmaguey #mezcal #adventcalendar #sanjoseriominas @drinksbythedram #lifeisgood

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The Absinthe Advent Calendar – #AbsintheAdvent


Mythe Absinthe: This classic French absinthe from Distillerie des Terres Rouges is based on traditional recipes, with an ABV (69%) to reflect it. No sugar is used; the resulting liquid is herbal and medicinal.

Mythe Absinthe! 69% this is mighty strong one for tonight! Nice natural green color. #absinthe

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