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Introducing the Spirit of Yorkshire Whisky Distillery!

Exciting new English whisky distillery Spirit of Yorkshire opens to the public this Easter, but they’ve been quietly working under the radar and laying down casks for the last few months. We headed to the Yorkshire Wolds earlier this week to find out the full details.
 
Yorkshire. God’s own county. Also, now the location of a new independent single malt whisky distillery! Since we visited St George’s Distillery back in 2009 a number of projects have popped up all over England, which I’ll run through at the end of this post, but today we’re getting all excited about Spirit of Yorkshire!
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The Result of Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 2!

Whisky Mag Battle of the Blends

Discover who has come out on top in Whisky Mag’s second Battle of the Blends in association with Master of Malt: is it Neil ‘General Mashtun’ Ridley or George ‘Aegir’ Keeble…?
 

Back in January we told you all about Battle of the Blends Challenge No. 2, another battle for the ages that you could help settle in the most delicious way possible!

The fates of reigning champion Neil ‘General Mashtun’ Ridley and Soho Whisky Club’s George ‘Aegir’ Keeble were in your hands and now it’s time to find out who has claimed all glory…

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The Launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company

Behold the launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company! Expect bundles of small batch gins from some of the most fantastic brands and distillers around!
 
People have been independently bottling whisky for many moons, but independently bottling gin is another story altogether – and a short one at that. People don’t independently bottle gin. The end.
 
Or is it? No. No it’s not. The story continues with the theatrically dramatic entrance of That Boutique-y Gin Company, the world’s first independent gin bottler!

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Spotlight on… Connoisseurs Choice + Win a Bottle of Glen Grant 1952

Launched in the mid-1960s, Connoisseurs Choice is one of the world’s most comprehensive and fascinating ranges of independently bottled Scotch whisky on the market. The oldest vintage in the current selection dates all the back to 1938, and the whiskies come in all ages, from 5 to 75 years old! Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at this phenomenal range, as well as try a few delicious expressions. In fact, we’re even giving away a very special sherry-matured 1952 Glen Grant from the same bottler, worth £2,120. First, however, a little history…
 
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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 24: The Half-Century Blend

Well folks, we made it. Christmas Eve. The final day of #WhiskyAdvent. Time to open that last remaining window and see what deliciousness waits behind it…
 
You may be somewhat aware, but in case you missed it, let’s just go over this one more time – it’s almost Christmas! In fact, it’s bloomin’ Christmas tomorrow!!! A very exciting prospect, though somewhat bittersweet, as it means we’re onto our last day of #WhiskyAdvent. And while that itself is bittersweet, it’s also very exciting to see what’s going be behind window #24 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Everything’s a circle, you see…
 

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 23: Highland Park 12 Year Old

We’re so close to Christmas! Start wrapping the presents! Start assembling the cheeseboard! Start opening the penultimate window of the Whisky Advent Calendar!
 
It’s the 23rd of December, meaning after today’s dram, there will only be one lonely dram left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is almost over for another year, folks! Today also stands as your advance warning to start assembling the post-Christmas dinner cheeseboard. Consider yourself forewarned and don’t you dare forget the camembert.
 
Behind window #23, you’ll be finding finding a dram of Highland Park 12 Year Old! A reliably excellent Scotch single malt from Orkney, just what you want on a chilly evening assembling cheeseboards (are we overstating the importance of these cheeseboard? No. You cannot overstate the importance of a cheeseboard).

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 22: Buffalo Trace

Only three days of #WhiskyAdvent remain, and we’re returning to America from another dram of brilliant bourbon…
 
There’s only three drams left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar! It’s also well worth noting (in exciting bold italics) that…
 

You still have until 9pm tonight to get your UK Mainland Christmas orders in!!!

With that aside, let’s take a look at what’s behind window #22… It’s Buffalo Trace bourbon! There’s been a lot of mentions of Buffalo Trace on our blog in the past few weeks, what with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection dram lotteries, bottle lotteries and charity auctions (which are ending today) as well as #WhiskySanta getting his mitts on some of those drams to give away. Well, now it’s time to dive into a dram of their classic expression!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 21: Macallan 12 Year Old

Time to start peeling sprouts and sipping a tasty Macallan – it’s Day 21 of #WhiskyAdvent!
 
Christmas is only a stone’s throw away and we can’t get Christmas music out of our head – likely because of the animatronic reindeer on the wall that sings ‘It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas’. It’s got fresh batteries in it too, so it definitely won’t run out of power, because you can’t put a price on comedy.
 
So, what will we be enjoying today via Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar? Well, behind window #21 you’ll find a dram of Macallan 12 Year Old – either the 12 Year Old Sherry Oak or the 12 Year Old Double Cask!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 20: Fettercairn Fasque

It’s December 20th – we’re on the home stretch, everyone! Let’s see what’s behind window #20…
 
From dragons yesterday to unicorns today. We told you that Christmas was filled with mythical beasts! If you couldn’t guess from that little hint, the dram hiding behind window #20 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a delicious single malt from Fettercairn, who have a unicorn on their labels (the unicorn is also the national animal of Scotland – a useful factoid for post-Christmas dinner games of Trivial Pursuit). Today’s dram is Fettercairn Fasque, an unpeated expression which takes its name from a country estate close to the distillery in the Highlands…
 

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 19: English Whisky Co. 5 Year Old (TBWC)

Today we’re thinking about Christmas and dragons – they go together like roast potatoes and gravy in a Christmas dinner.
 
Six days to go, and we’re tucking into the English single malt whisky which lies behind window #19 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. Yes, today’s dram is That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s independent bottling of 5 year old single malt from The English Whisky Company!
 
The label of this whisky features a mythical beast which doesn’t get a lot of attention during this time of year, despite it being packed with mythical beasts – reindeer with magical noses, toy-making elves, the Grinch, #WhiskySanta and the like. But just imagine how festive dragons could be if they were allowed to join in! They could cook turkeys in an instant, they could help hang decorations in really high-up places, they would look great in little Christmas hats. Next year, the Christmas dragon should become a ‘thing’.

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