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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 24: The Half-Century Blend

Well folks, we made it. Christmas Eve. The final day of #WhiskyAdvent. Time to open that last remaining window and see what deliciousness waits behind it…
 
You may be somewhat aware, but in case you missed it, let’s just go over this one more time – it’s almost Christmas! In fact, it’s bloomin’ Christmas tomorrow!!! A very exciting prospect, though somewhat bittersweet, as it means we’re onto our last day of #WhiskyAdvent. And while that itself is bittersweet, it’s also very exciting to see what’s going be behind window #24 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Everything’s a circle, you see…
 

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 23: Highland Park 12 Year Old

We’re so close to Christmas! Start wrapping the presents! Start assembling the cheeseboard! Start opening the penultimate window of the Whisky Advent Calendar!
 
It’s the 23rd of December, meaning after today’s dram, there will only be one lonely dram left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is almost over for another year, folks! Today also stands as your advance warning to start assembling the post-Christmas dinner cheeseboard. Consider yourself forewarned and don’t you dare forget the camembert.
 
Behind window #23, you’ll be finding finding a dram of Highland Park 12 Year Old! A reliably excellent Scotch single malt from Orkney, just what you want on a chilly evening assembling cheeseboards (are we overstating the importance of these cheeseboard? No. You cannot overstate the importance of a cheeseboard).

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 22: Buffalo Trace

Only three days of #WhiskyAdvent remain, and we’re returning to America from another dram of brilliant bourbon…
 
There’s only three drams left in the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar! It’s also well worth noting (in exciting bold italics) that…
 

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

With that aside, let’s take a look at what’s behind window #22… It’s Buffalo Trace bourbon! There’s been a lot of mentions of Buffalo Trace on our blog in the past few weeks, what with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection dram lotteries, bottle lotteries and charity auctions (which are ending today) as well as #WhiskySanta getting his mitts on some of those drams to give away. Well, now it’s time to dive into a dram of their classic expression!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 21: Macallan 12 Year Old

Time to start peeling sprouts and sipping a tasty Macallan – it’s Day 21 of #WhiskyAdvent!
 
Christmas is only a stone’s throw away and we can’t get Christmas music out of our head – likely because of the animatronic reindeer on the wall that sings ‘It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas’. It’s got fresh batteries in it too, so it definitely won’t run out of power, because you can’t put a price on comedy.
 
So, what will we be enjoying today via Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar? Well, behind window #21 you’ll find a dram of Macallan 12 Year Old – either the 12 Year Old Sherry Oak or the 12 Year Old Double Cask!

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#WhiskySanta’s Giving Away Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Drams as Bonus Super Wishes!

#WhiskySanta will give away 3cl sample drams from the highly sought-after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection this week!
 
Ho-Ho-Ho! Now I have a machine gun I have one final surprise up my immaculately-cuffed sleeve this festive season! Whilst checking in with those handsome chaps at Master of Malt last week I managed to set aside a tiny amount of 3cl drams (just 8 in total, across 4 of the releases) from the enormously popular, but limited, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. I’ll be giving these out as gifts to some very lucky people who wish for them on certain days this week!
 

Now, I should point out that Master of Malt had thousands of entries in their lotteries for chances to purchase fewer than a dozen bottles and a few dozen 3cl drams. Goodness knows how many of you will wish for a chance to receive a 3cl dram for free! What I’m saying is, if you want to guarantee you get your hands on some of your favourite Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskey this year (and are feeling a bit flush) then you should head over to Master of Malt’s Charity Auctions now: for William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg Bourbon,
Sazerac 18 Year Old, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye and Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, where everything raised over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) will go to Malaria No More UK to support their superb work.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 20: Fettercairn Fasque

It’s December 20th – we’re on the home stretch, everyone! Let’s see what’s behind window #20…
 
From dragons yesterday to unicorns today. We told you that Christmas was filled with mythical beasts! If you couldn’t guess from that little hint, the dram hiding behind window #20 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a delicious single malt from Fettercairn, who have a unicorn on their labels (the unicorn is also the national animal of Scotland – a useful factoid for post-Christmas dinner games of Trivial Pursuit). Today’s dram is Fettercairn Fasque, an unpeated expression which takes its name from a country estate close to the distillery in the Highlands…
 

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 19: English Whisky Co. 5 Year Old (TBWC)

Today we’re thinking about Christmas and dragons – they go together like roast potatoes and gravy in a Christmas dinner.
 
Six days to go, and we’re tucking into the English single malt whisky which lies behind window #19 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. Yes, today’s dram is That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s independent bottling of 5 year old single malt from The English Whisky Company!
 
The label of this whisky features a mythical beast which doesn’t get a lot of attention during this time of year, despite it being packed with mythical beasts – reindeer with magical noses, toy-making elves, the Grinch, #WhiskySanta and the like. But just imagine how festive dragons could be if they were allowed to join in! They could cook turkeys in an instant, they could help hang decorations in really high-up places, they would look great in little Christmas hats. Next year, the Christmas dragon should become a ‘thing’.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 18: Oban Little Bay

Only a week left of #WhiskyAdvent deliciousness until the big day! Let’s kick off that week with a rather stunning Scotch…
 
So, there’s some good news, some more good news and some bad news. What we’re going to do is create a ‘good news sandwich’ using all of these pieces.
 

Good News: It’s a week until Christmas!
Bad News: There’s only 7 more #WhiskyAdvent drams to enjoy.
More Good News: Today’s dram is absolutely marvellous!

There you go, a ‘good news sandwich’! This also reminds us of another bit of good news – Boxing Day Christmas dinner-leftover sandwiches are in our near-future. Get in.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 17: Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish

#WhiskyAdvent takes us to Taiwan today – very exciting stuff behind window #17…
 
Yesterday the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar treated us to a classic Speyside single malt. Today, we’re travelling well over 5,500 miles to Taiwan for our next dram of deliciousness. Yes, behind window #17 you’ll find a dram of Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish! Initially matured in American oak and finished in a combination of Ruby Port, Tawny Port and Vintage Port casks, this really is one to savour…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 16: Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

We’re heading back to Speyside again to see what’s behind window #16…
 
It’s the Friday before the final full weekend before Christmas. Christmas Jumper Day is in full effect here at MoM Towers. It’s truly awe-inspiring how festive we all look. Multiple people have jumpers with bells on them. T’is the season to wear noisy clothing, as they say.
 
To take your mind off of how gob-smackingly merry we look, let’s find out what’s behind window #16 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar! You’ll be sinking your teeth into a dram of Glenfarclas 21 Year Old, a fantastic single malt that simply oozes Christmas cheer.

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