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Whisky Advent Day 24: 50 Year Old Douglas Laing Grain

by Master of Malt     24. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

Well, here we are. Here we stand, on the very brink of Christmas 2015 - Christmas Eve itself - and the final day of #WhiskyAdvent. Behind window 24 of every Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is a grain whisky that's at least 50 years old(!), bottled by the fine folk from Douglas Laing for their excellent Xtra Old Particular range.

Whether you have an exclusive 50 year old Invergordon*, a 50 year old blended grain, a 50 year old Girvan (image below) or, as we've received here at MoM Towers, a 53 year old North British (tasting note below), you'll be able to enjoy some extraordinarily well-aged grain courtesy of Douglas Laing. Many of you let us know how much you enjoyed your Girvan grains on Day 18, so this second grain should cause a fair bit of excitement. These are whiskies that matured for over half a century for goodness sake! Enjoy, and have an absolutely fantastic Christmas one and all!

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Whisky Advent Day 23: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

by Master of Malt     23. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

Just one day to go before Christmas Eve, which means:

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

Meanwhile, in The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram today is a whisky from one of the best selling single malt Scotch distilleries in the world (until recently, the best selling)...

The Glenfiddich name and stag (reendowed with his 12-pointed antlers last year) have become synonymous with single malt, with Glenfiddich having been the first whisky marketed as such back in 1963. It was a gamble that paid off handsomely, and the rest, as they say, is history! It's well worth revisiting their range, with this 18 year old having been matured in a mix of Oloroso Sherry and bourbon casks.

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Whisky Advent Day 22: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

by Master of Malt     22. December 2015 10:00

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Just three days until Christmas and, including today's, just three drams left in The Whisky Advent Calendar. Slightly bittersweet perhaps, with Christmas being completely awesome but having to say goodbye to a new whisky every day... Fortunately Drinks by the Dram have thought of that, and have a range of dram-filled Christmas Crackers too!

For now some fine drams remain, however, with another Irish whiskey to enjoy behind window 22 courtesy of those Teeling boys. First their family gave us the independent Cooley distillery (producing the excellent Connemara Peated single malt and Greenore single grain, for example), purchased by Beam in 2011, and now in 2015 they've opened the first whisky distillery in Dublin for 125 years!

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Whisky Advent Day 21: Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

by Master of Malt     21. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

We really are on the final stretch now, and in The Whisky Advent Calendar today is a dram that you may wish to prepare before drinking. You see, it's designed to be served thoroughly chilled (ice cold) so reach out of the window and pop it in the snow for a good while. Or, if the weather where you are is actually pretty mild (absolutely no sign of a white Christmas here this year!) then you'll have to shove it in the freezer as the producer suggests.

A whisky designed to be served straight from the freezer?! No, it's not The Snow Grouse. In fact, it's a single malt! Made with spirit distilled exclusively between October and March, Dalwhinnie have released a winter special edition that has been "Crafted by the Cold"...

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Whisky Advent Day 20: Jura Elixir 12 Year Old

by Master of Malt     20. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

After all the excitement of yesterday, you may be in need of a pick-me-up. Some kind of elixir, perhaps? Well, Jura believe they have just the thing with their second contribution to The Whisky Advent Calendar, this time carrying an age statement (the youngest whisky used is at least 12 year old).

Elixir seems an appropriate name for a whisky, a word that comes from 'uisge beatha' or 'water of life'. There's even a gravestone on Jura that suggest that one local man lived to see 180 Christmases! Local folklore credits the island's water, which was blessed by St. Columba nearly 1,500 years ago, for helping the inhabitants live long and healthy lives. Then again, perhaps it was just a 'typo'... (Engrave-o? Monumental masonro?)

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Whisky Advent Day 19: The Lost Distilleries Blend

by Master of Malt     19. December 2015 10:00

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We'll be honest with you, we didn't think anything The Whisky Advent Calendar could throw at us would be more exciting than the release of a new Star Wars movie. (Even with the endless adverts beforehand "make sure you have the official Star Wars mascara" etc.) Not until the final window, perhaps. Wrong, we were, however, as day 19 has provided The Lost Distilleries Blend from The Blended Whisky Company!

Named World's Best Blended Whisky at Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards in 2014, it does exactly what it says on the tin - it's a blend of whiskies exclusively from sadly now closed distilleries, many of whom have become legendary such as Port Ellen and Caperdonich. There's even some Imperial entanglements in there... Yes, the force is strong with this one.

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Whisky Advent Day 18: Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength

by Master of Malt     18. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

Into the final week of #WhiskyAdvent we go and today it's time for our first grain whisky from The Whisky Advent Calendar...

Now, most of you will have William Grant & Sons' Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength. As mentioned on Day 2 though, these advent calendars have been extraordinarily popular this year, with sales surpassing all forecasts! This means that on a small number of days not everybody could have the exact same dram. Everyone does have a Girvan today, but some of you may be enjoying a Girvan 20 Year Old 1993 from Douglas Laing's Clan Denny range, or indeed a Girvan 21 Year Old 1994 from their Old Particular range (both excellent independent bottlings).

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Whisky Advent Day 17: Mackmyra Brukswhisky

by Master of Malt     17. December 2015 10:00

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Day 17 of #WhiskyAdvent and time to leave Scotland once again, for today's Whisky Advent Calendar dram is a single malt from Sweden!

Mackmyra opened their first distillery back in 1999 and have since gained a reputation for producing some top malts. In 2012 they opened a second site, a gravity-run facility that stands at 37 metres high! This is where all of their distillation now takes place, save for the odd special run.

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Kew Organic Gin

by Jake Mountain     16. December 2015 17:30

Kew Gin

Today we'd like to tell you about a new and extremely exciting gin! There are always new gins coming out, of course, but how many of them are made with hand picked botanicals from Kew Gardens?! Kew Organic Gin is certainly something quite special.

Dodd's Gin (the chaps from The London Distillery Company in Battersea) has partnered with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to create a brand new organic gin from the aforementioned foraged seasonal Kew flora and other organic botanicals from around the world. The famous gardens span 320 acres, employing 750 staff (250 of which are scientists with many more involved in the internationally important research carried out there) and house a truly extraordinary collection of useful plants and fungi. Understandably, it's been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. Can you dream of a better place to source botanicals?

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Whisky Advent Day 16: Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood

by Master of Malt     16. December 2015 10:00

Whisky Advent Calendar

December 16th? My goodness, fewer than ten days left until the main event! This is when excitement or panic sets in, in earnest, depending on how much shopping you have left to do! Try not to worry just yet though, we've got you covered.

So, to The Whisky Advent Calendar, faithfully counting down those days to Christmas in delicious style. Today's dram is another Balvenie! We tasted the delights of Sherry cask matured Balvenie on Day 8, now it's time to see what American oak brings to the table alongside Sherry with surely one of the most satisfying and accessible whiskies available today.

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