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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #16: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

On the penultimate Advent weekend, we sample the delights of a Taiwanese tipple in celebration of day 16 of #WhiskyAdvent!

It’s time to start pretending you’re not in when carollers come calling – Christmas is just a stone’s throw away!

While I convince myself that there’s definitely still enough time to buy presents (let’s hope my girlfriend likes that desk fan I bought for myself a month ago), let’s find out what joy lies behind window #16 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… It’s Kavalan Single Malt Whisky!

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Categories : Gin, World Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #14: Mackmyra Brukswhisky (The Swedish Whisky)

We’ve arrived at day 14 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, and today we’re going so far north even the Scots might begin to feel the cold!

Day #14 has rolled around, meaning there’s only 10 days left of #WhiskyAdvent… *sad face*. To appropriately begin our Final Countdown*, we’ve hopped over to Sweden for this dram.

Satisfying your need-for-Swede (sorry), behind window #14 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is… Mackmyra Brukswhisky (The Swedish Whisky)!

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Categories : Tequila, World Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #3: Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

On this first weekend of December, I welcome you, my Christmassy, whisky friends, because it’s time to tear open window #3 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

Ah, the first weekend of December – the perfect time to pop into town and get some Christmas shopping done – right? Wrong. Town will be so unacceptably busy, you’ll be better off doing it online! It’s 2017 for goodness sake, you can get everything on the internet these days… presents, cards, alcohol-based-Christmas crackers, ordainment – it’s all there.

It’s Christmas after all, so you should be relaxing with a nice tipple… perhaps the one Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar kindly put behind window #3 for you – Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky!

#WhiskyAdvent takes us to the golden shores of South Africa today, for the county’s first ever single grain whisky, courtesy of The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington.

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Spirit of Yorkshire unveils its first creation – a one year old blend!

Spirit of Yorkshire

Earlier this year we introduced you to dynamic English whisky distillery, Spirit of Yorkshire. To pacify impatient fans (ourselves included!) as its single malt comes of age, the independent producer has released a one year old blended spirit. We called whisky director Joe Clark for the lowdown…

Spirit of Yorkshire has stirred excitement among whisky fans since it fired up its stills in May 2016, and with good reason. Headed up by experienced brewer, farmer (and now distiller) Tom Mellor and longtime friend David Thompson, the “grain-to-glass” operation is as localised as it gets.

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The Oxford Artisan Distillery: Medieval grains and steam engine stills

The Oxford Artisan Distillery

Oxford’s first (legal) distillery is here, and it’s taking a pioneering approach to sustainable spirits. We visited The Oxford Artisan Distillery to find out why the team began distilling gin, whisky, absinthe and more using medieval grains.

Though it officially opened at the end of July, it could be said that the essence of The Oxford Artisan Distillery dates back centuries. Established by former music mogul Tom Nicolson, the “grain-to-glass” operation is the first of its kind to distill spirits using grains that were commonplace in Britain in the Middle Ages – before the rise of industrial agriculture and the monocultures grown today – all hailing from four organic farms within a 50-mile radius of Oxford.

It’s a process that could only be possible with the know-how of Canadian archaeo-botanist John Letts, who set about meticulously reviving these historic crops in 1993 after he was gifted a bag of medieval wheat rescued from a thatched cottage. He started with “a handful, because the seeds were dead”, and initially cultivated the grain to develop high quality straw for thatchers, before turning to flour and finally – after a chance meeting with Nicholson at a farmers’ market – booze.

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Categories : Absinthe, Gin, Vodka, World Whisky
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Cooper King: A very different whisky distillery

What drives a couple to quit two lucrative careers and build a Tasmanian-inspired whisky distillery in Yorkshire? We explore the story behind the Cooper King Distillery, England’s newest single malt whisky-maker.

“We got a bit bored and left our jobs and just started following our dreams, I guess,” Abbie Neilson takes a sip of her lemonade as we chat about one new distillery in particular set to join the swelling ranks of English whisky producers. Spirit might not yet flow at the Yorkshire-based Cooper King Distillery, but it already comes with a backstory that could fill the annals.
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Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain 12yo top in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018

The “sheer undiluted beauty” of Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 Years has nabbed it the title of world’s best whisky in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018.

Just as it says on the tin, the expression is made using a quartet of grains – corn, rye, wheat and malted barley – and scored 97.5 out of 100 in Murray’s nose-taste-finish-balance assessment system.

“Nothing could match the astonishing beauty of its surprisingly delicate weight and complexity combined,” Murray said of the whiskey. “It was though time stood still in the tasting room; I just knew…”
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Categories : American Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, World Whisky
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The world’s best boozy Advent calendars are ready to rock and roll!

Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today!

Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of their bumper range of booze-filled Advent calendars earlier this month. The stash has arrived at MoM Towers, and the heavenly haul is shipping now!

From whisky and gin to rum, Tequila, Cognac, and many, many more, each fabulously festive box is filled to the brim with 24 different wax-sealed drams, one tucked behind each window. There’s literally no tastier way to count down to Christmas!
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Categories : Absinthe, American Whiskey, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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The rise and rise of European whisky

Fancy sampling some delightful whisky newness? It’s time to branch out beyond Scotch and Irish expressions and explore Europe’s growing cohort of distilled deliciousness.

As whisky lovers, we’re spoilt for choice. Established distillers continue to hone their goods with an increasing awareness that the industry is changing – a mass of engaged, demanding drinkers thirst for the most compelling spirits, and producers are working harder than ever to keep our attention. New distilleries are springing up left, right and centre, injecting even more of a buzz into proceedings. What a time to be alive.

The traditional Scotch and Irish producers (there’s much deliberation over where the birthplace of whisk(e)y lies – best approached over a dram or two) have long had a stronghold over our drinking habits. But this is changing – and quickly. The upswell of new distilleries is not confined to either country, and right across Europe new and familiar names are creating incredible whiskies – or soon-to-be whiskies – and shaking up expectations in the process.
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