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A few years ago Drinks by the Dram released advent calendars with booze in them, and life was never the same again. Find out the latest reviews and news of upcoming releases and competitions to win advent calendars here.

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #11: Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #11

Open Door No. 11 and you’ll find that Drinks by the Dram has treated us to the first dram of English whisky in 2018’s Whisky Advent Calendar

Christmas in an exciting time, isn’t it? There’s all kinds of amazing food to look forward to, you’ve got some days off work and who knows, you may even get a present you absolutely adore on the day itself. But even more exciting than waiting for Santa is the burgeoning English whisky scene. First expressions from interesting and innovative new distilleries are hitting the shelves (virtual or otherwise) seemingly all the time, joining an ever-growing list of impressive bottlings to sample. It’s fair to say things are looking very bright for the category, as a superb distillery in the Cotswolds countryside demonstrates. It released its first whisky this year to much acclaim and today you can find out what all the fuss is about yourself.

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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 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 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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#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 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 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 #1: Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 11

Whisky Advent 2018 Day #1

It’s the first of December – time to tear open window #1 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar!

Good news everyone! December has made its grand arrival, and this can only mean one thing. No, not that the Christmas issue of Combat Tractor Magazine will be arriving on my doorstep imminently (though that is true, and very exciting). It means that we can open the first window of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar! It has a tradition among many whisky lovers around the globe, and it’s most certainly a thing here at MoM Towers. What lip-smacking dram is hiding behind window #1? Well…

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Booze-filled Advent calendars now available for pre-order!

Whether you get the decorations out on 1 November or spend December like the Grinch, we’ve got just the thing to make your Christmas countdown awesome: Drinks by the Dram’s booze-filled Advent calendars! Even better – you can pre-order yours now!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – nope, not Christmas itself, but the countdown to it. The anticipation, the frivolities, and, if you do it right, the Advent calendar to get you into the spirit of the season. Yes, folks – Drinks by the Dram’s Advent Calendars of awesomeness are back for 2018! From all manner of whiskies and gins to rums, Cognacs, Tequilas and many, many more, there’s an Advent calendar for every palate.

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #24: The Half-Century Blend

Well folks, we made it. Christmas Eve. The final day of #WhiskyAdvent. The end of 2017’s Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. But the proceedings go out on a high – so it’s not all bad!

If you’re the observant sort, you may have noticed that it’s Christmas tomorrow.

This very exciting prospect is, however, somewhat bittersweet. It means we’re onto our last day of Drinks by the Dram’s #WhiskyAdvent for another year. It’s been some ride though, hasn’t it?

So we find ourselves at the final window, number 24. We’re delighted to report that #WhiskyAdvent is finishing as strongly as it started t(remember that dram of Glenfarclas 25 Year Old?! That now seems so long ago…).

Give me your final drum roll people, as we unveil the final #WhiskyAdvent dram of 2017… It’s The Half-Century Blend!

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #23: The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

It’s 23 December, which means that after today, there will be just one lonely dram left in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is almost over!

As #WhiskyAdvent draws to a bittersweet close, you’re probably eager to get straight to the point and savour what’s behind window #23.

I’m going to let you do just that! And this one is just what you want on a chilly evening as you persistently bat the cat away from the dangling decorations on your tree – a dram of reliably excellent sherried Scotch single malt from The Macallan!

Which Macallan would that be, per chance? Why it’s… The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak!

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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #22: BenRiach 10 Year Old

It’s 22 December, which means that we have a mere two drams left after today in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. #WhiskyAdvent is starting to draw to its conclusion, folks!

I bloody love #WhiskyAdvent. You know why? Because it brings this unique, whisky-soaked form of Christmas to so many people in so many places, and, ultimately, that’s what the season is all about (presumably).

And guess what? We’re not stopping yet! Behind window #22, there’s a dashing dram of… BenRiach 10 Year Old!

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