There’s only a week left until Christmas. How has that happened?! #WhiskyAdvent is rolling on at an alarming rate, and our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is feeling lighter and lighter… This situation calls for a dram.
I don’t know about you – but I’ve sorted out absolutely nothing for Christmas. There’s not a card sent or a present bought yet… heck, the only tree in my flat is my roommate, who’s a good foot taller than a person needs to be.
Still, while I panic my pathetic, (but Christmasy!) predicament, you should be getting stuck into #WhiskyAdvent while you can! I need a miracle – and you guys can enjoy a dram!*
So, how about a taste of what’s behind window #18 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… It’s only the delicious Dalmore 12 Year Old!
This single malt Scotch whisky from Dalmore Distillery is a toasty, coffee-rich dram with beautifully spiced notes and a thick mouthfeel. Dig in!
*That sentence kind of rhymes, doesn’t it? Eat it, Dr. Seuss.
Nose: At first it’s like opening a fresh pack of espresso beans, before melting butter and fragrant orange break through. There’s a drop of cream in that coffee, too – and a pinch of cinnamon.
Palate: Oily and smooth, tart marmalade, warming winter spices and lively cocoa powder rush through the palate. A whiff of chimney smoke adds delightful depth.
Finish: A shaving of orange zest concludes a medium-length finish.
Overall: A truly interesting, tasty dram that illustrates the variety on offer in #WhiskyAdvent.
Our bonus peek at another Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar brings us to the second brand new effort for 2017, and it’s a welcome addition. An incredible seasonal treat: it’s the Douglas Laing Whisky Advent Calendar! So, what has the renowned Scotch independent bottler hidden behind window #18? Why, it’s only a delightful Tobermory 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 11485) – Old Particular!
Nose: Creamy lemon and lime, with touches of vanilla developing underneath. A light waft of coastal air – but not much!
Palate: Citrus again, egg tart, cinnamon and filo pastry.
Finish: Salted chocolate, honeyed barley, a touch of Turkish Delight floral sweetness.
Quite frankly, that’s Christmas dessert in a dram! What delight!