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#WhiskySanta’s Giving Away The Macallan M as a Super Wish!

#WhiskySanta will give away a bottle of The Macallan M – worth £3,300 – to somebody who wishes for it this Friday!
 
As well as my usual gifting antics, I’m giving you all a sneak peek at something shiny that’s sat here in my sack to give away very shortly… It’s The Macallan M! The pinnacle of the famous distillery’s 1824 range, housed in a Lalique crystal decanter that was designed by Fabien Baron. Fancy, eh? If this is something you’d like to receive in your stocking, be sure to make a wish on Friday 9th December!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 7: Dalmore 12 Year Old

Dalmore Whisky Advent

We’re already a whole week through December, meaning we’ve reached day 7 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar! What’s behind window #7?

A whole week of #WhiskyAdvent has been and gone – the days sure do fly by at this time of year! The big day is most certainly around the corner and Christmas lists are starting to be compiled in earnest for family members who keep asking that classic question – “What do you want for Christmas?” (Good ol’ #WhiskySanta is still granting wishes everyday, too!)

So, how about a taste of something that will be on a lot of Christmas lists? Something packed with more chocolate orange notes than an actual chocolate orange? Well behind window #7 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is the delicious Dalmore 12 Year Old! Let’s dig in!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 6: Rock Oyster

Rock Oyster Whisky Advent

For the sixth day of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, we get our hands on an incredible Island whisky and try our hardest to not make an easy B-52’s reference.

There’s fewer than 20 days left until Christmas Day arrives, and behind window #6 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar hides a brilliant blended malt from Douglas Laing. It’s Rock Oyster, made with whiskies from Scotland’s whisky producing-islands, including Orkney, Arran, Jura and Islay!

A terrific coastal tipple, boasting notes of sea breeze deliciousness by the bucketload, this Rock Oyster. It joined the Douglas Laing ‘Remarkable Regional Malts’ in 2015, and was followed by The Epicurean earlier this year. For a special Christmas treat, Sam has updated his imagination of the secret superhero group he invented when the Timorous Beastie was released!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 5: Mackmyra Svensk Ek

Mackmyra Whisky Advent

We’ve arrived at day five of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, and we’re headed even further north than yesterday!

The first Monday of December featured plenty of frost and the arrival of the MoM Towers Christmas tree – it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… It’s also the day we find out what’s behind window #5 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar! Today, it’s the scrummy Svensk Ek from Mackmyra!

The first whisky distilled outside of Scotland in the Whisky Advent Calendar, Mackmyra’s Svensk Ek features whisky matured in casks made from oak grown on Visingsö, an island in Lake Vättern. This is where the name comes from – ‘Svensk Ek’ is Swedish for ‘Swedish Oak’. The oak was originally going to be used for shipbuilding, and while boats are pretty cool, we think whisky casks are a much cooler use for it!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 4: Wolfburn Single Malt

Wolfburn Whisky Advent

Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar heads north for day four with a dram from a new distillery…

We love when a new distillery opens up, as it means more people getting their hands (metaphorically and literally) dirty and making new whisky for us to enjoy. Hence why the dram behind window #4 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is particularly exciting – it’s from Scotland’s northernmost mainland whisky distillery, Wolfburn!

Wolfburn Single Malt was released earlier this year, and was an eagerly awaited expression, being their first widely available whisky since beginning distilling in 2013. Let’s tuck in!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 3: Kilchoman Machir Bay

Kilchoman Whisky Advent

Three days into Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar and we’ve got ourselves a tasty Islay single malt to enjoy…

Welcome to the first weekend of December, everybody! We wish you good luck if you’re getting ahead of the game and getting in some early Christmas gift shopping to avoid ending up like Arnie searching for a Turbo-Man toy at last minute. Christmas-based Arnold Schwarzenegger movies aside, let’s see what dram is behind window #3 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar – it’s Kilchoman Machir Bay!

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 2: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Whisky Advent

Time to tear open window #2 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

Today is Day 2 of Whisky Advent 2016, so let’s go right ahead and dig in to the whisky that is sitting behind window #2 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, which is… Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera!

This Speyside single malt features plenty of the Christmas-y whisky notes that we all want to enjoy on winter evenings (nutmeg, orange, fruitcake) after its maturation in Sherry and new oak casks, which is then followed by a period in a solera vat. Their solera vat has been kept half full since 1998, providing on ongoing conversation between the spirit.

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Whisky Advent 2016 Day 1: The Lost Distilleries Blend

Lost Distilleries Blend Whisky Advent

It’s the first of December – let’s open up window #1 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

December is finally upon us. This could mean many things to many people. To some, it means they ought to start figuring out what to get their friends for Christmas. For others, it’s a surefire sign to pull out that stockpile of woolly jumpers and wear them all at once until you look like Joey from Friends wearing all of Chandler’s clothes. However, for us here at MoM Towers and whisky lovers around the world, December 1st means one thing: it’s time to crack open window #1 on Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!

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#BagThisBottle – Win a Whisky Advent Calendar!

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Win a Free Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar on Twitter!

Whilst chatting with that splendid #WhiskySanta fellow recently, we became aware of the thousands of wishes he’s receiving for Drinks by the Dram’s fantastic spirits-filled Advent Calendars. With December fast approaching, we thought we’d give everyone another chance to bag one by bringing back the ever-popular #BagThisBottle!

Here’s how you could bag yourself a free Whisky Advent Calendar on Twitter in just a few quick clicks…

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Master of Malt named IWSC Online Retailer of the Year!

IWSC Online Retailer Trophy

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded the Online Retailer of the Year Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition for the second time in three years!

Just days after our last pieces of exciting awards news from the DEAs and Icons of Whisky – and capping off a truly extraordinary year – last night we received the Online Retailer of the Year Trophy at the 47th annual International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards Banquet.

This is the second time we’ve received this extremely prestigious IWSC title in the trophy’s three year history, having picked up the inaugural online retailer award in 2014. To be recognised once again by such a well-respected authority across all of wine and spirits is an incedible, slightly dizzying acheivement, and one that obviously makes us burst with pride!
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