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Whisky Advent Day #24: Bourbon Whiskey #1 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

We’ve reached the final window of the Whisky Advent Calendar (meaning Christmas is totally tomorrow)! Let’s take a look at what’s hidden behind it… Well, this is it. The day…

We’ve reached the final window of the Whisky Advent Calendar (meaning Christmas is totally tomorrow)! Let’s take a look at what’s hidden behind it…

Well, this is it. The day before The Big Day, but really it’s Also Quite A Big Day in its own right. It’s Christmas Eve. A day of final preparations for Santa, who will likely be in the despatch depot right now, doing some last-minute checks – and there are a lot of them. He’ll be making sure all the toys have been correctly loaded into the sleigh to strict health and safety standards, checking all the electric reindeer are charged up, ensuring the sack trucks and pallet trucks are in working order and secured to the side of the sleigh, plugging in the Santa-Nav… The list goes on.

While that list may go on and on for Santa, we have reached the end of the Whisky Advent Calendar. It’s time to open the final window and see what will be our nightcap this Christmas Eve… Behind window #24 is Bourbon Whiskey #1 24 Year Old independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! A 24 year old whiskey for the 24th of December! Not much we know about this one, other than it’s very well-aged for a bourbon…

Do you know who may know a touch more about this? That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s very own brand ambassador Dave Worthington! Let’s see if we can pry something out of him…

It’s Dave Worthington – again!

MoM: So, this is a rather mysterious bourbon. What’s going on with the label?

Dave Worthington: It’s one of our secrets. We like secrets at Boutique-y Whisky and have a number of mysterious malts and whiskeys in our catalogue. As we’re unable to name this long-aged Bourbon Whiskey we’ve covered our label in a few of America’s well-known mysteries. How many can you spot in our Area 51?

– Crop circles, including one that looks remarkably like a Boutique-y Whisky bottle. Others have pointed out that it looks a little more like a well known Bourbon bottle, and the four crop circles around the bottle could be roses (a clue, a red herring, or just a happy accident?

– That looks a little like a Bigfoot running into the cornfields.

– The aeroplane represents American aviation pioneer and author Amelia Earhart who mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937.

– A Black Dahlia representing the mysterious death of Elizabeth Short, an American woman who was found murdered in Los Angeles, California. Her case became highly publicized due to the graphic nature of the crime, and she later became known as the Black Dahlia.

– Mysterious dead birds, or are they old crows (another clue or a red herring?)

– Oh and there’s an alien hiding behind the Area 51 sign.

MoM: Were you involved with the storming of Area 51 which happened earlier in the year?

DW: I could tell you, but that’s highly classified information… No, not really. I was far too busy waxing lyrically about our whisky at an event somewhere in the world.

MoM: What’s next for That Boutique-y Whisky Company? Any 2020 plans you can give us a hint about?

DW: There’s a lot of great whisky coming your way! There are still a few of the ‘old school’ Scottish distilleries we’d love to bottle, and we’re working our way through casks to find the right release for these. There’ll also be some really interesting ‘new world’ whisky coming to our bottling line too.

MoM: What’s the ultimate way to make roast potatoes for Christmas dinner?

DW: The ultimate way is to get an invite to a friend’s Christmas lunch, I’ll turn up with whisky and glasses for a post lunch whisky tasting. I’m waiting for the invites to start rolling in now. In the meantime, I’ll parboil my spuds and then ‘rough them up’ a bit by shaking them in the pot before putting them in hot oil. I’ll use sprigs of Rosemary, black peppercorns, and a handful of garlic cloves in the roasting tray too… All lies… Straight to Aunt Bessie’s frozen roasties…

MoM: What will you be drinking this Christmas?

DW: I always used to have a pint of Guinness with a cooked breakfast on Christmas morning, but for the last umpteen years I’ve celebrated Christmas lunch with friends so this ‘tradition’ has been moved to Boxing Day. With friends we’ll start with some fizz before moving on to wine with lunch. The whisky, and cards will come out once we’ve finished eating and we’ll play Blackjack for pennies, while making our way through a flight of whiskies that I put together – you can be sure of some Boutique-y belters in this lineup!

Bourbon Whiskey #1 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bourbon Whiskey #1 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich, earthy vanilla pod and coffee bean notes arrive first, supported by vibrant notes of orange oil, brandy-soaked raisins and dark chocolate.

Palate: The vanilla notes continue on the palate, now with jammy red berries, maple syrup and freshly made pancakes.

Finish: A good kick of baking spices appear on the finish. Still enjoyably buttery.

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Whisky Advent Day #23: Balcones Texas Single Malt

Only a couple more sleeps until Christmas, which means only a couple more drams left in the Whisky Advent Calendar! Let’s see what’s behind window #23… Whether you consider today…

Only a couple more sleeps until Christmas, which means only a couple more drams left in the Whisky Advent Calendar! Let’s see what’s behind window #23…

Whether you consider today to be Christmas Eve Eve or simply just the 23rd of December, it really is very hard to deny that Christmas is a stone’s throw away. Santa is probably making a last-minute case to the HR department in the North Pole right now, arguing that he really should get a few more miniature Christmas puddings and an extra serving of roast potatoes in his lunch tomorrow, considering he’ll be working late. He might even be able to claim some time off in lieu as well, we reckon…

Oh great, now we’re thinking about Christmasy food again… Roast chestnuts, in particular… And cooked apples… And hints of softly smoky spices… Perhaps these flavours are on our mind because they’re all present in the dram that’s hiding behind window #23 of the Whisky Advent Calendar – it’s Balcones Texas Single Malt! This is a powerfully flavoursome American single malt whisky from Waco, Texas, and it’s exactly the kind of thing we want to be sipping on at this time of year.

We wanted to find out more about what’s going on with Balcones, so we asked a few questions to Balcones Distilling Head Distiller Jared Himstedt to see what are the haps in Texas!

Ta-da, it’s Jared Himstedt!

Master of Malt: What fun things have happened in the world of Balcones in 2019?

Jared Himstedt: Coming off our Tenth Anniversary in 2018, we had a lot to live up to in terms of releases. The first release of a Single Malt made from Texas-grown and malted barley happened this summer. We named it High Plains, for the region of Texas the barley is grown. It was a lot of fun to see and share the Texas-grown barley against our usual Golden Promise single malt. We have a lot more laid down from a couple of different maltsters and both drum and floor malted, so that will be fun to watch develop. We got to see our Peated expression from 2018 become a new regular annual malt expression. It is custom peated Golden Promise from Simpsons, and we have laid down 35, 65 and 95 ppms versions in both new casks and ex-bourbon so we have a lot of colours to blend with going forward. We have started selling our first white spirit with our white Texas Rum. Lots of fun esters and aromatics going on there.

MoM: You’ve recently been using interesting casks to age your whisky (including Brimstone and Tequila casks, released by TBWC). Are there any casks out there that you’d love to try maturing your whisky in that you haven’t yet?

JH: I am a huge fan of lighter dessert wines, and we are on the lookout for things like Lupiac, and have our eyes on some Ratafia casks, which is a Champagne based dessert wine. We are also looking into some larger sized casks to begin exploring how to make older whisky in Texas without ended up with an unbalanced and over-wooded product.

MoM: What’s next for Balcones? Any 2020 plans you can give us a hint about?

JH: Mirador, which is our all refill cask Single Malt will be making a return and becoming a regular annual release for us at higher volumes. The peated single malt that we have laid down in ex-bourbon barrels is coming along really nicely, and we’ll likely have a small release of that sometime this year. We will likely have another sherried release, and well as an expression finished in Madeira casks from a Texas winery. There are a couple of other projects that are likely to come to fruition this year.

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2020?

JH: I am personally excited and invested in the continued growth of the American Single Malt category as well as the growth and success of Texas Whiskey. Both categories have a lot to offer and I only hope to see the awareness in the industry and among consumers keep increasing. Globally, we hope to see all the international tariff situation resolved in a way that benefits the industry and whisky drinkers everywhere.

MoM: It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve just remembered you need to buy a present for that whisky-obsessed friend of yours. What are you running out to the shops to pick up?

JH: Most likely a single barrel bottling of Glendronach, in the 19yr old range!

Balcones Texas Single Malt

Balcones Texas Single Malt Tasting Note:

Nose: Freshly baked banana bread with undertones of honey and vanilla and just the faintest hint of cedarwood at the back. Suggestions of roasted chestnuts and heavy cream.

Palate: Ester-y with apple and orchard fruits. Brown sugar makes an appearance and transforms into molasses.

Finish: Warm, woody spices and some breadiness, but not necessarily maltiness, completes this luscious single malt.

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Whisky Advent Day #21: Teeling Small Batch

The final Saturday before Christmas is here! After braving the shops, perhaps you’ll want to sit back and relax with the dram sat behind window #21… We are just a…

The final Saturday before Christmas is here! After braving the shops, perhaps you’ll want to sit back and relax with the dram sat behind window #21…

We are just a few days from Christmas, so we’re sure the Marketing department at the North Pole is running at full power. They might have even spent a few bob on social media advertising so that pictures of Santa flying his sleigh end up on your Twitter feed. To what end? We reckon it’s so that you remember to leave out a mince pie and a glass of something nice on the 24th. That right there is the power of marketing.

While it’s usually sherry that gets left out for Santa, perhaps he’d like something a little different this year? What if he’s partial to a drop of Irish whiskey? Well, you’d have to really love Santa to give up the dram you’ll find behind window #21 of the Whisky Advent Calendar – it’s Teeling Small Batch! Whoever gets to enjoy this one is in for a marvellous blended Irish whiskey that has been finished in rum casks, which should bring some tropical fruit warmth to a chilly winter evening!

To find out more about the terrific Teeling, we got in touch with one of the distillery’s co-founders, Stephen Teeling, to ask him a few questions…

Behold, Stephen Teeling!

Master of Malt: What fun things have happened in the world of Teeling in 2019?

Stephen Teeling: On March 28th 2019 we won the World’s Best Whiskey award at the 2019 WWAs in London. First time ever an Irish whiskey had been shortlisted for the award and first time in history that Ireland has been crowned the best whiskey in the world! It was also the same day I welcomed my second child into the world so will always be ingrained in my mind as one of the best days of life!

We have also recently welcomed our 500,000th visitor to the distillery in Dublin which is pretty phenomenal given there were no distilleries in the city for nearly 50 years prior to us rebuilding our family distillery in the heart of the city. The first new distillery in 125 years.

MoM: What’s next for Teeling? Any 2020 plans you can give us a hint about?

ST: We are incredibly passionate about innovation so 2020 will see us continue to push the boat out for Irish Whiskey. We will be launching an 18 Year Old Single malt called the Renaissance which will be a follow on from the Revival Series 1-5. This will be a Madeira cask finished non-chill filtered single malt limited to 9,000 bottles and also our vintage reserve range will be welcoming a 28 Year Old which is the bigger brother of the 2019 World’s Best Single Malt having spent an extra 4 years in the Sauternes cask. We also have been experimenting with some different mash bills at the distillery with a Dublin distilled Peated single malt looking to be released in the second half of 2020. No shortage of fun on the horizon so watch this space.

MoM: The Teeling Single Pot Still was a very exciting release, being the first whiskey completely distilled in Dublin for nearly 50 years! How was the reception to it?

ST: There is a huge amount of pride in the fact we have put the city back on the map as a whiskey producer. Dublin Single Pot Still was the gold standard in the Irish whiskey category back in the last golden era 150 years ago. It was the fastest-selling Irish whiskey we had ever produced with our first 3 batches sold out in record time! Luckily now moving into 2020 we won’t have the same supply constraints so our Dublin Single Pot Still can go a bit wider and be available ongoing in the UK. Single Pot Still is a completely unique style of whiskey that can only be produced in Ireland.

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2020?

ST: People are going to continue to drink less but better. We are seeing a huge shift in consumption habits moving away from functional/binge drinking into a better space of enjoyment. Whiskey in particular Irish Whiskey is being enjoyed in much more social occasions which has opened it up to a much wider demographic through pairing it with food, enjoying it in a craft cocktail or neat consumption. We see it in our distillery every day. Whiskey is meant to be fun or good craic (as we say in Ireland) and I think this trend is going to continue with a new generation of people discovering brown spirits in different ways!

MoM: It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve just remembered you need to buy a present for that whisky-obsessed friend of yours. What are you running out to the shops to pick up?

ST: Lucky for me running my own distillery I have a whiskey vault in my house with some of the world’s best Irish whiskeys locked in it so won’t have to travel too far to please my whiskey obsessed friend! Depending on how nice this friend has been to me and for the year that’s in it I might just wrap him up a bottle of our 24 Year Old Single Malt aka ‘The World’s Best Single Malt for 2019.

Teeling Small Batch

Teeling Small Batch Tasting Note:

Nose: Cut grass and orange blossom. Allspice, hints of vanilla, apple pie and blackberries.

Palate: Spiced, rich palate with rose petal jelly and lemon curd. Creamy vanilla, hints of dried herbs and cinnamon.

Finish: Floral, herbal finish. Caramel on the tail.

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Whisky Advent Day #18: Brenne Cuvée Spéciale

There’s only a week left until Christmas, so let’s make sure to savour these remaining drams in the Whisky Advent Calendar – particularly the one behind window #18… It’s a…

There’s only a week left until Christmas, so let’s make sure to savour these remaining drams in the Whisky Advent Calendar – particularly the one behind window #18…

It’s a week until Christmas. Officially. If you look at a calendar (the regular kind, not the kind filled with boozes), look at today’s date and then the one directly underneath it, that’s Christmas Day. All sorts of alarm bells are probably ringing at Santa’s workshop. Santa’s probably running into a meeting right as we speak (with his lunch – he’s just that dedicated) to discuss last-minute orders for different toys to be built, based off of various pivot tables on spreadsheets. Busy day indeed.

After a busy day like that, perhaps a fantastic drink is on the cards. As luck would have it, opening window #18 of the Whisky Advent Calendar reveals a wonderfully vibrant and fruity whisky that’ll suit being enjoying while relaxing at home – it’s Brenne Cuvée Spéciale! Brenne is a French single malt built from barley grown in the Cognac region, twice-distilled in an alembic Charente still and aged in a unique combination of new French Limousin oak and Cognac casks. The spirit of its hometown shines through every drop of this.

While you enjoy those delicious drops, perhaps you’d like to find out a little more about Brenne – and who better to than its very own founder, Allison Parc!

It’s Allison Parc, folks!

Master of Malt: What fun things have happened for Brenne in 2019?

Allison Parc: We released our new packaging!!! Brenne Estate Cask (or Cuvée Spécial as that expression is called in your Advent Calendar today!) now comes in our new signature glass bottle with an updated label and, might I add, a gorgeous gift box, making it even easier to give Brenne to your friends and families!

MoM: Have you felt any changes in the French whisky world as of late?

AP: Absolutely! The whisky-drinkers of the world now are now excited to try French Single Malts, like Brenne, where before, there was a decent dose of scepticism. Also, the category as a whole is rapidly expanding with new distilleries and old distilleries in France deciding to get into the whisky game. I’ll be really curious to see what’s being made in France for whisky over the next 5-10 years!

MoM: What’s next for Brenne? Any 2020 plans you can give us a hint about?

AP: Haha, no hints, but definitely some special things are coming! Be sure to follow us on social media at @BrenneWhisky for the latest and greatest!

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2020?

AP: I think we’ll see more whiskies focus on what Brenne has been saying since the beginning: use local ingredients to show terroir in Single Malt whiskies. This is not only exciting from a taste perspective but also a way to reduce our carbon footprint.

MoM: It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve just remembered you need to buy a present for that whisky-obsessed friend of yours. What are you running out to the shops to pick up?

Brenne!!! Obviously. 🙂

Brenne Cuvée Spéciale

Brenne Cuvée Spéciale Tasting Note:

Nose: Vanilla flowers arrive on the nose first, paired with pear drops and dried mango.

Palate: Brandied cherry and red rope liquorice. More vanilla, a hint of cinnamon spiciness and Nutella.

Finish: Chocolate raisins, pineapple and coconut ice.

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Whisky Advent 2019 Day #17: Longmorn 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Another day, another dram within the Whisky Advent Calendar to discover! Let’s see what’s hiding behind window #17… At this point in December, you know Santa must have his Naughty/Nice…

Another day, another dram within the Whisky Advent Calendar to discover! Let’s see what’s hiding behind window #17…

At this point in December, you know Santa must have his Naughty/Nice List finalised. If not, he’s probably sending slightly panicky follow-up emails to his analysts about how he needs that list so he can plot his route. Makes me wonder if they’re able to make adjustments to the list, or if there’s a cutoff where after a certain point you can start jumbling up people’s alphabetised CD collections and touching paintings at museums without risking your Nice List standings…

Now, if we were making a Nice List for whisky, the one behind window #17 of the Whisky Advent Calendar would definitely make it on there – it’s a 10 year old Longmorn single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! A fruity and cakey single malt from the Speyside region, this one makes for a tasty after-dinner dram.

Now, if you wanted to find out more about an expression from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, brand ambassador Dave Worthington is the person to go to. Which is exactly what we did!

It’s Dave Worthington, everyone!

Master of Malt: We’ve unearthed a tasty That Boutique-y Whisky Company Longmorn in the Whisky Advent Calendar today! What kind of whisky should we be expecting here?

Dave Worthington: A Speyside distillery, Longmorn has been a favourite amongst blenders for many years. A long fermentation, combined with the broad shouldered stills give a weighty new make spirit which ages well resulting in a sweet and fruity component. The late whisky writer Michael Jackson described the house style as ‘tongue coating, malty, and complex’ in his Malt Whisky Companion. This 10 Year Old fits that bill perfectly!

MoM: What comes to mind when you think about Longmorn?

DW: You don’t tend to see a great deal of Longmorn single malt around. It’s one of those Speyside workhorse distilleries quietly going about their business making single malts for the blended Scotch whisky market, being the backbone of many of the famous blends. Amongst whisky geeks it’s often described as the best hidden gems in Scotland, and we’ve had some cracking releases.

MoM: What’s been your favourite Boutique-y bottling you’ve tried this year?

DW: We’ve had so many new releases this year, and with every tranche of new whisky entering the market I find a new favourite! I tend to lean towards the Speyside malts these days, and am always keen to find releases from those distilleries that you don’t often find bottled as a single malt, Longmorn included. Whisky from Dailuaine and Glentauchers always makes me smile, but my favourite bottling this year has got to be our seventh batch from the Clynelish distillery, a 21 Year Old. It was everything I love about Clynelish.

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2020?

DW: I’m expecting, and looking forward to seeing a lot of new world whisky come to market. Interest in whisky has been steadily growing around the globe and distilleries have been popping up everywhere over the last five years. I was reading Malt Whisky Yearbook recently and counted 40 distilleries making single malt whisky in Germany alone. Many of these new distilleries are not trying to imitate Scotch whisky, but are looking to bring their own local style to the market.

MoM: It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve just remembered you need to buy a present for that whisky-obsessed friend of yours. What are you running out to the shops to pick up?

Running last minute to the shops is really not something I’d relish, however I do have a local independent retailer in my home town of Bedford, so it’s here I’d head to see if they had something to pique my pals interest. If I’d really left it too late to get into town then I think tickets for a Whisky Festival would be a great idea.

Longmorn 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Longmorn 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) Tasting Note:

Nose: Sponge cake with honey and strawberry jam initially, then a bit of floral barley and toasted oats. A hint of orchard fruit and wood spice underneath.

Palate: Baking spice, toffee and dark fruits, with some minty herbal notes, orange zest and drying oak.

Finish: Black pepper heat develops alongside white grapes and shortbread.

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #24: The XL Blend

Christmas Eve has arrived! We’re ready to crack open the final window of the Whisky Advent Calendar, and it seems Drinks by the Dram has gone big for this one….

Christmas Eve has arrived! We’re ready to crack open the final window of the Whisky Advent Calendar, and it seems Drinks by the Dram has gone big for this one. Very big. XL, you could say…

This is it, folks. Christmas Eve has finally arrived! Perhaps you’re completely prepared and frankly you’re just eager for Christmas to occur so you can reap the benefits of being punctual with your roast potato plan like a squirrel that has stockpiled the tastiest seeds, nuts and half-inched crisps right before hibernation. Maybe that’s the complete opposite of your situation and you’re glancing at this blog while on the bus to the shops to try and buy a Christmas present for every friend and family member in under an hour (colloquially known as the Jake Mountain approach here at MoM Towers). Either way, the anticipation of Christmas Day is at its peak, so it would take a very special whisky to appropriately complement these heightened levels of excitement. Luckily, a whisky which fits that description sits right behind window #24 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar.

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #17: Irish Single Malt #1 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The final full week of Advent is upon us, and we’re kicking things off in lovely, lovely, lovely fashion with a tasty indie dram from the Drinks by the Dram…

The final full week of Advent is upon us, and we’re kicking things off in lovely, lovely, lovely fashion with a tasty indie dram from the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar

Following on from yesterday’s punchy and peaty treat (the excellent Rock Oyster), you might be in the mood for something equally as delicious but a bit more laid-back. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, as behind window #17, you’ll find a whiskey that is mellow in every sense of the word. In fact, you might go so far as to describe it as lovely (lovely, lovely)…

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Whisky Advent Day #15: The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

We’ve reached day 15 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, so what’s in store for us today? I think I can smell something sherried behind the window……

We’ve reached day 15 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, so what’s in store for us today? I think I can smell something sherried behind the window…

After checking the calendar (the one which isn’t filled with delicious whiskies – the paper one that has a different picture of a pug for each month and is covered in birthday reminders), I discovered that we’ve only got 10 days left until Christmas. You can count that on your fingers. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get surprised by how quickly December is going, but gosh dang it I am shook. Let’s take some time now to look at what dram is behind window #15 of the Whisky Advent Calendar and later make a plan to get back to panic-buying gifts for… Well, for everyone.

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #5: BenRiach 12 Year Old – Sherry Wood

We’re five days in to the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, and it’s high time we dig in to some well-sherried Scotch whisky… As we all know, there’s…

We’re five days in to the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, and it’s high time we dig in to some well-sherried Scotch whisky…

As we all know, there’s a lot of careful planning that goes in to planning Christmas, so much so that I personally try to portion out the thinking time throughout the whole of December so that it all doesn’t have to happen on one day (usually Christmas Eve), causing a meltdown in my brain and meaning that I have to reboot it by eating an entire Jamaican Ginger Cake. Today, I’m thinking about post-Christmas-dinner drinks. What will folks want to drink after consuming frankly too much food? You want it to be aptly seasonal, sweet enough to counterbalance the savoury elements of all those Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower cheese (the two vital parts of a Christmas dinner, no matter what Jake Mountain tells you), and something just generally good. Well, the whisky behind window #5 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar may have made it an easy decision.

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #4: Brenne Cuvée Spéciale

Behind the fourth window of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, you’ll find something fantastic from our French friends… It’s a very exciting time to be an enthusiast…

Behind the fourth window of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, you’ll find something fantastic from our French friends…

It’s a very exciting time to be an enthusiast of whisky right now. Delicious expressions from all around the globe are popping up and becoming more accessible to whisky fans, allowing you to explore the flavours of the world right from your favourite chair at home. It’s also an exciting time for whisky lovers because it’s a day in December leading up to Christmas, meaning it’s time to open another window of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. As luck would have it, the dram behind window #4 is from a country not well-known for its whisky – almost as if that preamble was well-planned and not simply an off-the-cuff exclamation of appreciation for the world’s current whisky situation…

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