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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 15: Glengoyne 12 Year Old

We’re going to give you a few hints as to what’s behind window #15 before we give the game away…
 
Another day of December, and tasty dram to enjoy from Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. Today, we thought it would be fun to try and train your telepathy skills by helping you guess what’s behind window #15 with a few subtle hints. No cheating and peeking ahead – just read the following clues and tap into your telepathy powers like some sort of festive Mystic Meg…
 
Today’s dram is a Scotch from the Highland region. It’s rather well Sherried. The tube the bottles come in have patterns that remind us of those magic eye pictures.

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Lotteries and Charity Auctions

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

We’re splitting our allocation of the highly sought-after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection between a 3cl dram lottery, a bottle lottery and an auction (with anything over RRP donated to our nominated charity Malaria No More UK).
 
See the Timeline below for when all this is going down.
 
You may remember that last year our old ‘fastest-finger-first’ method really didn’t work for these limited and super-popular American whiskeys from Buffalo Trace distillery. In fact, it was the final push we needed to sit down and come up with a whole new way of handling these kinds of hotly anticipated releases. We invite you to read our previous post about why we decided (after much discussion/arguing) that the ‘least-worst’ option was to split our entire allocation between 3cl drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 14: Invergordon 25 Year Old (TBWC)

A brand new bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company hides behind today’s window of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!
 
Day 14 has rolled around, meaning there’s only 10 days left of #WhiskyAdvent after this one! At this point, some of you might be completely unprepared and really starting to worry or be totally ready for the big day with all your presents wrapped in bacon and tiny cocktail sausages covered in gift wrap. Picky people will say that’s the wrong way around, but at least you’re in better standing than all the unprepared folks.
 
So, what’s behind window #14 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, eh? It’s a brand new bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, that’s what – a 25 year old Invergordon single grain! Let’s give it a taste…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 13: Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

We kick off the second half of #WhiskyAdvent with a whisky from one of Speyside’s greats…
 
For day 13 of #WhiskyAdvent, we head east from the Tomatin distillery to the heart of the Speyside region. What will be behind window #13 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar? Well, dear friends, it’s a dram of Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old!
 
This absolutely classic Speysider is initially matured in traditional oak casks before enjoying a finishing period in first-fill European oak Sherry casks, which imparts all those yummy cinnamon, sultana and chocolate notes you’ll find in the DoubleWood 12 Year Old. With Christmas only 12 days away, this is a bit like looking into the future of our tastebuds – cinnamon biscuits, Christmas pudding and the traditional tin of Quality Street.

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Spotlight on… Benromach + Win a Bottle of Benromach 1974

This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at Benromach – a distillery which oozes that truly classic Speyside style. And, for a limited time only, we’re giving away a staggering single cask bottle of Benromach 1974 worth £1,200!
 
Today, with its malty, slightly smoky, rich single malt, Benromach is an innovative distillery, boasting a wide variety of styles and creations, despite its fairly small scale. There’s heavily peated malt; the world’s first organic-certified single malt whisky; some tremendous Jim Murray Whisky Bible scores (he described the 30 Year Old as “magnificent”); and all produced by hand by a team of just four distillers. With no computer automation and complete reliance of distilling by sight, sound and smell, there is a great deal of room for nuance and character. As Distillery Manager, Keith Cruickshank, says, “sometimes it’s those tiny inconsistencies that make a whisky so beautifully consistent.”

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 12: Tomatin 14 Year Old Port Wood Finish

Look, we know we’re halfway through #WhiskyAdvent, but you’re going to have to imagine us singing Bon Jovi yourselves…
 
The 12th of December. Halfway through #WhiskyAdvent. We’ve said before in these blogs, but the days do really fly by as fast as #WhiskySanta in his sleigh on Christmas Eve. With that in mind, let’s not dilly-dally, delay or dawdle away any more of the time of this seemingly swift day – let’s see what’s behind window #12 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!
 
Today we’ll be pouring a dram of Tomatin 14 Year Old into our glasses! This expression from the distillery in the Highlands is aged in a combination of bourbon barrels and Port casks. The Port notes make this one very suitable for this time of year…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 11: Evan Williams Extra Aged

Behind window #11 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a whiskey from across the pond…
 
Day 11 of #WhiskyAdvent – so close to half way through! It’s time to start compiling the list of approved Christmas movies for watching while moored to the closest seating item you can find after Christmas dinner as a result of too much turkey, cauliflower cheese and Yule log. If your list doesn’t include Big, Die Hard and Bad Santa, please reassess your list immediately.
 
So, what’s behind window #11 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar? It’s the first bourbon of this year’s calendar – Evan Williams Extra Aged! If you’re one of the folks that have to reassess their Christmas movie list, you’ve got a tasty whiskey to accompany your ruminations. If your list was correct and included Big, Die Hard and Bad Santa, consider this dram a congratulatory treat.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 10: Teeling Single Malt

Teeling Whisky Advent

We’re at day 10 of #WhiskyAdvent – double digits! Let’s tuck into a tasty Irish whiskey and watch in fear as something meaner than the Grinch approaches…

We made it to the 10th day of December! Good job, everyone! An achievement like this calls for high fives, mince pies and another brilliant whisky from Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. Crack open window #10 and see what hides behind it!

Today we’re going to be enjoying a dram of Irish single malt whiskey from Teeling! A fantastic expression, made with a whiskeys finished in five different types of wine cask, including Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’ll certainly be much more appetising than what waits for us in the sneak peek of another Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 9: Old Perth Sherry Cask

Old Perth Whisky Advent

Day 9 of #WhiskyAdvent brings a well-Sherried blended malt to the Christmas table…

It’s already December 9th – there’s only 16 days until Christmas! That’ll either fill you with cinnamon-spiced Christmas cheer or complete and unmitigated panic, depending on how prepared you are. Either way, the days continue to fly by, indifferent to how many presents you’ve bought or Christmas puddings you’ve stockpiled, meaning we’re already at day 9 of #WhiskyAdvent!

Behind window #9 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar hides a dram of Old Perth Sherry Cask from Morrison & MacKay. A tasty blended malt, made with whisky drawn from Sherry hogsheads, butts and puncheons, and named after the city of Perth in Scotland. Let’s have a taste…

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 8: Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Lagavulin Whisky Advent

What deliciousness does day 8 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar bring? A coastal classic comes this way…

A new week of #WhiskyAdvent starts and Drinks by the Dram kicks it off with another absolutely smashing dram behind window #8 of their Whisky Advent Calendar. We’ve heading to the south coast of Islay for a massively, marvellously peaty expression…

Window #8 hides a dram of Lagavulin 16 Year Old, a much-admired whisky boasting medicinal peat notes by the festive-truck-load (FYI: a festive truck is similar to a regular truck, but it’s covered in tinsel). We recently had a good ol’ look at Lagavulin’s history as well as kicked off a competition to win a trip to the distillery, and there’s still time to get involved!

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