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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 12: Tomatin 14 Year Old Port Wood Finish

Look, we know we’re halfway through #WhiskyAdvent, but you’re going to have to imagine us singing Bon Jovi yourselves…   The 12th of December. Halfway through #WhiskyAdvent. We’ve said before…

Look, we know we’re halfway through #WhiskyAdvent, but you’re going to have to imagine us singing Bon Jovi yourselves…
 
The 12th of December. Halfway through #WhiskyAdvent. We’ve said before in these blogs, but the days do really fly by as fast as #WhiskySanta in his sleigh on Christmas Eve. With that in mind, let’s not dilly-dally, delay or dawdle away any more of the time of this seemingly swift day – let’s see what’s behind window #12 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!
 
Today we’ll be pouring a dram of Tomatin 14 Year Old into our glasses! This expression from the distillery in the Highlands is aged in a combination of bourbon barrels and Port casks. The Port notes make this one very suitable for this time of year…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 11: Evan Williams Extra Aged

Behind window #11 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a whiskey from across the pond…   Day 11 of #WhiskyAdvent – so close to half way through!…

Behind window #11 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a whiskey from across the pond…
 
Day 11 of #WhiskyAdvent – so close to half way through! It’s time to start compiling the list of approved Christmas movies for watching while moored to the closest seating item you can find after Christmas dinner as a result of too much turkey, cauliflower cheese and Yule log. If your list doesn’t include Big, Die Hard and Bad Santa, please reassess your list immediately.
 
So, what’s behind window #11 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar? It’s the first bourbon of this year’s calendar – Evan Williams Extra Aged! If you’re one of the folks that have to reassess their Christmas movie list, you’ve got a tasty whiskey to accompany your ruminations. If your list was correct and included Big, Die Hard and Bad Santa, consider this dram a congratulatory treat.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 10: Teeling Single Malt

We’re at day 10 of #WhiskyAdvent – double digits! Let’s tuck into a tasty Irish whiskey and watch in fear as something meaner than the Grinch approaches… We made it…

Teeling Whisky Advent

We’re at day 10 of #WhiskyAdvent – double digits! Let’s tuck into a tasty Irish whiskey and watch in fear as something meaner than the Grinch approaches…

We made it to the 10th day of December! Good job, everyone! An achievement like this calls for high fives, mince pies and another brilliant whisky from Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. Crack open window #10 and see what hides behind it!

Today we’re going to be enjoying a dram of Irish single malt whiskey from Teeling! A fantastic expression, made with a whiskeys finished in five different types of wine cask, including Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’ll certainly be much more appetising than what waits for us in the sneak peek of another Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 9: Old Perth Sherry Cask

Day 9 of #WhiskyAdvent brings a well-Sherried blended malt to the Christmas table… It’s already December 9th – there’s only 16 days until Christmas! That’ll either fill you with cinnamon-spiced…

Old Perth Whisky Advent

Day 9 of #WhiskyAdvent brings a well-Sherried blended malt to the Christmas table…

It’s already December 9th – there’s only 16 days until Christmas! That’ll either fill you with cinnamon-spiced Christmas cheer or complete and unmitigated panic, depending on how prepared you are. Either way, the days continue to fly by, indifferent to how many presents you’ve bought or Christmas puddings you’ve stockpiled, meaning we’re already at day 9 of #WhiskyAdvent!

Behind window #9 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar hides a dram of Old Perth Sherry Cask from Morrison & MacKay. A tasty blended malt, made with whisky drawn from Sherry hogsheads, butts and puncheons, and named after the city of Perth in Scotland. Let’s have a taste…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 8: Lagavulin 16 Year Old

What deliciousness does day 8 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar bring? A coastal classic comes this way… A new week of #WhiskyAdvent starts and Drinks by the…

Lagavulin Whisky Advent

What deliciousness does day 8 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar bring? A coastal classic comes this way…

A new week of #WhiskyAdvent starts and Drinks by the Dram kicks it off with another absolutely smashing dram behind window #8 of their Whisky Advent Calendar. We’ve heading to the south coast of Islay for a massively, marvellously peaty expression…

Window #8 hides a dram of Lagavulin 16 Year Old, a much-admired whisky boasting medicinal peat notes by the festive-truck-load (FYI: a festive truck is similar to a regular truck, but it’s covered in tinsel). We recently had a good ol’ look at Lagavulin’s history as well as kicked off a competition to win a trip to the distillery, and there’s still time to get involved!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 7: Dalmore 12 Year Old

We’re already a whole week through December, meaning we’ve reached day 7 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar! What’s behind window #7? A whole week of #WhiskyAdvent has…

Dalmore Whisky Advent

We’re already a whole week through December, meaning we’ve reached day 7 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar! What’s behind window #7?

A whole week of #WhiskyAdvent has been and gone – the days sure do fly by at this time of year! The big day is most certainly around the corner and Christmas lists are starting to be compiled in earnest for family members who keep asking that classic question – “What do you want for Christmas?” (Good ol’ #WhiskySanta is still granting wishes everyday, too!)

So, how about a taste of something that will be on a lot of Christmas lists? Something packed with more chocolate orange notes than an actual chocolate orange? Well behind window #7 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is the delicious Dalmore 12 Year Old! Let’s dig in!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 6: Rock Oyster

For the sixth day of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, we get our hands on an incredible Island whisky and try our hardest to not make an easy…

Rock Oyster Whisky Advent

For the sixth day of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, we get our hands on an incredible Island whisky and try our hardest to not make an easy B-52’s reference.

There’s fewer than 20 days left until Christmas Day arrives, and behind window #6 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar hides a brilliant blended malt from Douglas Laing. It’s Rock Oyster, made with whiskies from Scotland’s whisky producing-islands, including Orkney, Arran, Jura and Islay!

A terrific coastal tipple, boasting notes of sea breeze deliciousness by the bucketload, this Rock Oyster. It joined the Douglas Laing ‘Remarkable Regional Malts’ in 2015, and was followed by The Epicurean earlier this year. For a special Christmas treat, Sam has updated his imagination of the secret superhero group he invented when the Timorous Beastie was released!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 5: Mackmyra Svensk Ek

We’ve arrived at day five of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, and we’re headed even further north than yesterday! The first Monday of December featured plenty of frost…

Mackmyra Whisky Advent

We’ve arrived at day five of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, and we’re headed even further north than yesterday!

The first Monday of December featured plenty of frost and the arrival of the MoM Towers Christmas tree – it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… It’s also the day we find out what’s behind window #5 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar! Today, it’s the scrummy Svensk Ek from Mackmyra!

The first whisky distilled outside of Scotland in the Whisky Advent Calendar, Mackmyra’s Svensk Ek features whisky matured in casks made from oak grown on Visingsö, an island in Lake Vättern. This is where the name comes from – ‘Svensk Ek’ is Swedish for ‘Swedish Oak’. The oak was originally going to be used for shipbuilding, and while boats are pretty cool, we think whisky casks are a much cooler use for it!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 4: Wolfburn Single Malt

Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar heads north for day four with a dram from a new distillery… We love when a new distillery opens up, as it means…

Wolfburn Whisky Advent

Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar heads north for day four with a dram from a new distillery…

We love when a new distillery opens up, as it means more people getting their hands (metaphorically and literally) dirty and making new whisky for us to enjoy. Hence why the dram behind window #4 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is particularly exciting – it’s from Scotland’s northernmost mainland whisky distillery, Wolfburn!

Wolfburn Single Malt was released earlier this year, and was an eagerly awaited expression, being their first widely available whisky since beginning distilling in 2013. Let’s tuck in!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 3: Kilchoman Machir Bay

Three days into Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar and we’ve got ourselves a tasty Islay single malt to enjoy… Welcome to the first weekend of December, everybody! We…

Kilchoman Whisky Advent

Three days into Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar and we’ve got ourselves a tasty Islay single malt to enjoy…

Welcome to the first weekend of December, everybody! We wish you good luck if you’re getting ahead of the game and getting in some early Christmas gift shopping to avoid ending up like Arnie searching for a Turbo-Man toy at last minute. Christmas-based Arnold Schwarzenegger movies aside, let’s see what dram is behind window #3 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar – it’s Kilchoman Machir Bay!

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