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Whisky Advent Day 11: Arran - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

by Master of Malt     11. December 2015 10:00

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So, what do we have behind window number 11 of The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram? Why it's the fourth batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Arran single malt!*

Each of the Arrans in this series features illustrator Emily Chappell and a friend stranded on a desert island after an ill-fated kayaking trip. As you may know, there are often subtle differences between the labels of Boutique-y batches, however, and if you look carefully on the right hand side of Batch 4... you'll see that she's actually put up her Christmas tree!

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Whisky Advent Day 10: Monkey Shoulder

by Master of Malt     10. December 2015 10:00

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We've made it to day 10 of #WhiskyAdvent! Time to open another window of Drinks by the Dram's Whisky Advent Calendar, and we have a good feeling about this one...

Yep, it's time to have some fun with Monkey Shoulder! Whether it's Pop-Down bars or Monkey Comps with UK Brand am-BADASS-ador Grant Neave, or practising your spooning so you can mix up some delicious Monkey cocktails, pretension gets left firmly at the door today.

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Whisky Advent Day 9: Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old

by Master of Malt     9. December 2015 10:00

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Day 9 of #WhiskyAdvent and it's time for the first Irish whiskey from Drinks by the Dram's Whisky Advent Calendar!

As the Tasting Note below's Overall states, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old is a "blend of malt whiskey, pot still whiskey and grain whiskey matured in bourbon and Sherry casks, all of which is evident here." In that respect, it showcases many different elements of Irish whiskey as it has come to be known and loved over the last few decades.

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Whisky Advent Day 8: The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

by Master of Malt     8. December 2015 10:00

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Week two of #WhiskyAdvent and we're starting in much the same vein as the first, with a truly fantastic Sherry matured Speysider and a perfect winter dram, from another distillery that's rightly gained a reputation for producing some of the best Sherry matured whiskies available today. Behind the eighth window of The Whisky Advent Calendar is Balvenie's fantastic Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old.

Although 'Single Barrel', this 15 year old is a continuous release, with each bottle drawn from a single cask. This means that no more than 650 bottles of this whisky actually come from the exact same cask (whilst no two casks are identical, legendary Malt Master David Stewart selects those with the desired character). The potential outturn from each cask also points to something else - The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask isn't really matured in a 'barrel' at all, but rather a big first fill European oak ex-Oloroso Sherry butt!

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Whisky Advent Day 7: Glen Scotia Double Cask

by Master of Malt     7. December 2015 10:00

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The final dram of the first week of #WhiskyAdvent... Time to open up window seven of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar and see what it is!

Why, it's a Campbeltown malt from Glen Scotia, whose whiskies have received all-new, all-new packaging this year and whose range has also seen a complete overhaul. Out have gone the 10, 12, 16, 18 and 21 year olds (most of which were relatively new themselves) and in come Double Cask, a 15 Year Old and Victoriana. It's not just the bottlings that have been revamped either, the last year or two have seen upgrades to the stills, three new washbacks, a new spirit safe and the building of a visitor centre at the distillery!

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Whisky Advent Day 6: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release

by Master of Malt     6. December 2015 10:00

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As we approach the end of the first week of Drinks by the Dram's #WhiskyAdvent, it feels like it may be time for a peated single malt Scotch whisky. Something from Islay, perhaps? Right on cue, behind window six of The Whisky Advent Calendar we find a delicious Kilchoman!

This 2014 release is a vatting of 5 and 6 year old whisky matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, the last of the 'work in progress' Machir Bay releases, as it were, which have been a fantastic insight as to how the spirit from Islay's youngest distillery has been developing. (Hint: it's been going pretty well!) Machir Bay has now become both a continuous release and their core expression, with this December marking the 10th anniversary of spirit first running from the stills.

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Whisky Advent Day 5: The Dalmore 15 Year Old

by Master of Malt     5. December 2015 10:00

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Christmas just isn't Christmas without a satsuma (not especially exciting) and a chocolate orange (Woo! Get in! Let's chuck this in an unnecessarily aggressive manner at the nearest solid object to disperse its delicious segments!) in your stocking. Well, what if you could have liquid chocolate orange that was also 40% abv? Chuck in a slice of Christmas cake and you're getting pretty close to what's behind window number five of Drinks by the Dram's Whisky Advent Calendar!

Incredibly, it's not made of Christmas though, it's actually made at a distillery in the Scottish Highlands using malted barley, water, yeast and time (at least 15 years in this case) in ex-Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso Sherry casks (all made of oak). So, yes, it's single malt Scotch whisky!

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Whisky Advent Day 4: Elijah Craig Small Batch 12 Year Old

by Master of Malt     4. December 2015 10:00

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After Scotch and Japanese single malts and a blended whisky, the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is now taking us to Old Bourbon County for some classic American whiskey! Well, actually, without moving, Elijah Craig was from Fayette, Woodford or Scott Counties, Virginia or Kentucky (keeping up with this season's map in the late 18th century was an expensive business), but that's because Bourbon County was named after the French house rather than the whiskey. It's with ol' Elijah that the story of Kentucky bourbon whiskey may begin, however...

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FREE SHIPPING (for orders over £99)

by Master of Malt     3. December 2015 12:00

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UPDATE: Free Shipping for large orders will now be available until further notice!

A few months ago we talked about how much shipping charges suck, and then we did something about it – making thousands of products free to ship within the UK and giving you £5 off elsewhere.

Well, today it’s time to do more – until Christmas shipping for large orders will now be free within the UK and Europe.

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Whisky Advent Day 3: Compass Box Great King St Artist's Blend

by Master of Malt     3. December 2015 10:00

Compass Box Great King Street Whisky Advent

Day 3 already? Time flies when you're having #WhiskyAdvent fun! (Although it's definitely not too late to catch up if you don't yet have a Drinks by the Dram calendar...)

In The Whisky Advent Calendar today is a treat from one of our favourite independent bottlers and blenders, whisky zealot John Glaser's truly excellent Compass Box.

The Great King Street Artist's Blend takes its name from the address of Compass Box’s Edinburgh offices and, like all their whiskies, is bottled with neither chill-filtration nor artificial colouring. Priding themselves on transparency, we can tell you that this small batch blend always contains around 50% malt whisky (a very high percentage for a blend) In fact, we can tell you that it's made up of 46% first fill American oak matured Lowland grain whisky, 28% 'fruity and malty' Northern Highland single malt, 17% 'grassy' Northern Highland single malt, and 9% 'meaty' Speyside single malt! (66% of the blend is matured in first fill American oak overall and 8% in first fill Sherry butts with 28% finished in new French oak casks).

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