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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……

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…

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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Rebel Rabbet: where brewing, botanicals and whiskey distilling collide

What if you could take the best aspects of beer, whiskey, and gin production, and combine them to make one killer category-defying hybrid spirit? London Distillery Company’s Matt McGivern and…

What if you could take the best aspects of beer, whiskey, and gin production, and combine them to make one killer category-defying hybrid spirit? London Distillery Company’s Matt McGivern and Dylan Bell have done just that – and more besides – through their experimental side project, Rebel Rabbet…

If your average distiller happened upon a 103-year-old Irish whiskey mash bill recipe, he or she might be tempted to resurrect the brand, recreate the spirit to the letter (or thereabouts), and pocket the profits.

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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…

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…

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…

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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Super rare Cognacs land at Master of Malt!

There’s so much more to Cognac than the big names. We talk to David Baker, Cognac sniffer-outer extraordinaire, about how he finds rare expressions, and then persuades the owners to…

There’s so much more to Cognac than the big names. We talk to David Baker, Cognac sniffer-outer extraordinaire, about how he finds rare expressions, and then persuades the owners to sell.

It was a taste of 1840 A.E Dor at a hotel in Monaco that turned David Baker on to the magic of Cognac. Well, you might as well start with the best. It was the beginning of a great love affair. In 1987 he set up his own business, Hermitage Cognacs, to showcase the finest, rarest and oldest brandies that the region has to offer.

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#WhiskySanta’s Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old Super Wish!

#WhiskySanta has returned with the first spectacular Super Wish of December – and it’s another absolute Christmas corker. This week a lucky someone will receive a bottle of Talisker Bodega…

#WhiskySanta has returned with the first spectacular Super Wish of December – and it’s another absolute Christmas corker. This week a lucky someone will receive a bottle of Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old, worth £2,750!

Happy December, my festive friends! The most merry of months has returned, which I’m sure all who remembered to open their Advent calendars will know (particularly if they’re filled with the good stuff). As you can probably imagine, this is the month when I really get in the groove, which is just one of the many things Michael Bublé and I have in common.

But I’ve already got one up on my baritone buddy, as I’ve spent the previous few weeks making this the jolliest season it can be by granting wishes every single day across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I’ve also been building up to the big month by doing what I do best: frequenting MoM Towers to give away all kinds of wonderful things with orders – be it drams, bottles or gift vouchers, as well as picking up the tab for whole orders! Oh, and I’ve been granting those little things called Super Wishes!

From the Drinks by the Dram Old & Rare Advent Calendar, to the stunning Probably Speyside’s Finest Distillery 50yo 1967, the cracking Craigellachie 31 Year Old and the magical Method and Madness Single Pot Still 28 Year Old, many deserving wishers have been spoiled Super Wish-style! Seeing as the elves and I pride ourselves on making we maintain these Skye-high standards, this week’s Super Wish is… Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old!

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #3: The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master’s Selection

Forget the Monday blues. Drinks by the Dram has a right tasty treat hidden behind door number 3 of the Whisky Advent Calendar! Welcome to the first working day of…

Forget the Monday blues. Drinks by the Dram has a right tasty treat hidden behind door number 3 of the Whisky Advent Calendar!

Welcome to the first working day of Advent 2018! And what a fine pair of drams there were to discover over the weekend. After a corker of a Lost Distilleries Blend on Day 1, there was Starward New World Malt Whisky all the way from Australia on Day 2!

Want to avoid spoilers? Waiting until this evening before you tear open that Advent calendar window? Then consider this fair spoiler alert warning. Because tucked away waiting to be discovered on Advent Day 3 is…

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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #2: Starward New World Malt Whisky

A delightful New World whisky awaits those who are about to open window #2 of their Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar… We hope you all had a wonderful…

A delightful New World whisky awaits those who are about to open window #2 of their Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar

We hope you all had a wonderful first day of Advent, and indeed December, yesterday. Some people will have helped themselves to a square of chocolate, others to a beauty product or toy (Lego, if you’re lucky). But I’m sure most people reading kicked off yesterday with a bang thanks to the delicious surprise (don’t click if you don’t want spoilers – you’ve been warned) waiting in your Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Now you’ll get to experience that joy all over again as we open the second window! What tasty treat is waiting behind window #2? Well…

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