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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #12: Kilchoman Machir Bay Single Malt

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #12

Time to take a peek behind the 12th door of the Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar where you will find a dram from Islay’s youngest distillery. . .

If you like a bit of elegant smokiness (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then you’ll love this next dram. It comes from Kilchoman, the first new distillery built on Islay in more than 120 years (another new distillery Ardnahoe, is just about to start production). It was founded in 2005 by Anthony Wills and family, and is based at Rockside Farm not far from Bruichladdich. The team produces a “barley to bottle” single malt whisky called 100% Islay where the entire process from the growing of the barley to malting, maturing and bottling, is carried out on the farm. Kilchoman also distills whiskies from bought-in malted barley like its bestseller, Machir Bay, our dram of the day.

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #11: Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #11

Open Door No. 11 and you’ll find that Drinks by the Dram has treated us to the first dram of English whisky in 2018’s Whisky Advent Calendar

Christmas in an exciting time, isn’t it? There’s all kinds of amazing food to look forward to, you’ve got some days off work and who knows, you may even get a present you absolutely adore on the day itself. But even more exciting than waiting for Santa is the burgeoning English whisky scene. First expressions from interesting and innovative new distilleries are hitting the shelves (virtual or otherwise) seemingly all the time, joining an ever-growing list of impressive bottlings to sample. It’s fair to say things are looking very bright for the category, as a superb distillery in the Cotswolds countryside demonstrates. It released its first whisky this year to much acclaim and today you can find out what all the fuss is about yourself.

Behind window 11 is…

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #10: Kirkwall Bay

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #10

Behind the 10th door of the Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar lies a mysterious single malt from the island of Orkney…

Some of the most interesting whiskies in Scotland aren’t famous brands, nor do they have the names of distilleries on them. Instead, they come from small bottlers and blenders who sniff out interesting whiskies and sell them under their own labels. One such company is Morrison and MacKay. It is based in Perth, a place with a rich whisky heritage. This [incredibly beautiful, you should visit] city on the banks of the river Tay was ideally located between the Highlands, home of strong-tasting malt whiskies, and the Lowlands, home of more delicate spirits, to produce, market and sell blended whisky around the world. Such great firms as Matthew Gloag & Son (of Famous Grouse fame), Arthur Bell & Sons, and John Dewar & Sons were all founded in Perth.

By the 1990s, most had left the city as the whisky industry consolidated. But Perth’s whisky tradition has been kept alive by Morrison and MacKay. The company was created by Brian Morrison from Morrison Bowmore, and Kenny Mackay, who worked with Morrison and previously for another old Perth firm, Peter Thomson. The Morrison and MacKay range includes Bruadar and Columba Cream whisky liqueurs (Scotland’s answer to Bailey’s), Old Perth blended malt (a revival of a Peter Thomson brand), rare cask bottlings and its own-brand single malts.

Which brings us on to the dram behind the 10th door of the Whisky Advent Calendar…

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #9: Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #9

The ninth day of Advent is here – and Drinks by the Dram is looking to Japan for today’s Whisky Advent Calendar dram!

It just wouldn’t be the same if the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar didn’t feature a Japanese whisky, would it? Thankfully there’s one waiting behind window #9. And what a Christmas cracker it is. Not literally, obviously. Please don’t try and pull this dram apart after Christmas dinner. You’ll want to savour this one. It’s a whisky with history, personality and the kind of rich, full-bodied flavour that we’ve come to love from Nikka. Today’s dram is…

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #8: The Glenrothes 12 Year Old – Soleo Collection

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #8

A sherry-forward stunner is your reward for opening window #8 of the Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

Phew. It’s the weekend people. We made it. If you don’t have too much Christmas shopping left to do, you may get a chance to put your feet up. You know what would go nicely with that? A dram. A delicious dram of Scotch whisky. Good thing you’ve got your Whisky Advent Calendar, because behind window #8 you’ll find…
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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #7: Smokey Monkey

It’s the first Friday of Advent! Got that weekend feeling? You will once you discover the dram squirrelled away behind Door No.7 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar…

Much excite in these parts today. Not only is it Friday, but there’s a right treat awaiting discovery in the Whisky Advent Calendar today.

But first! Some background. Scotch whisky cocktails are DELICIOUS. But historically (and this is an attitude that can linger in some circles today), single malts have been seen as ‘too good’ for mixing. What’s that all about?! A great drink needs flavour, character and balance, and single malt Scotches tend to have that dream trio in the bucket-load.
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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #6: Hudson Baby Bourbon

The sixth day of Advent is here – and Drinks by the Dram is getting all trans-Atlantic for today’s Whisky Advent Calendar dram…

Forget The Fairytale of New York. To get in the Christmas spirit this year, Drinks by the Dram saw fit to treat us to another example of The Big Apple at its finest. And it’s rather historical, too. This dram comes from Tuthilltown Spirits, which produced the first aged grain liquor in New York since Prohibition! Seeing how yesterday was Repeal Day, it seems almost fitting that today’s dram is…
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The most marvellous Christmas gifts

The most marvellous Christmas gifts

Make this the most holly, jolly Christmas ever with this sensationally seasonal selection of spirits!

Christmas is perhaps the best time of year to enjoy a well-earned tipple. It’s the perfect way to wash down all the fabulous festive food you’ll stuff yourself silly with and helps you to relax, wind down and take your mind off the ongoing game of charades/horde of children running amok/rubbish Christmas TV schedule. It makes an ideal gift too. Maybe you know a special someone who deserves to be spoiled this year with a great bottle of booze?

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find all manner of boozy delights to suit all tastes here, each appropriately seasonal and utterly delicious!

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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 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 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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