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Whisky Advent 2019 Day #8: Fettercairn 12 Year Old

Squirrelled away behind door number 8 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a distillery you may not have heard of, but offers a deliciously sweet treat. Say…

Squirrelled away behind door number 8 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a distillery you may not have heard of, but offers a deliciously sweet treat. Say hello to Fettercairn 12 Year Old!

Head up to deepest, darkest Aberdeenshire, not far from the stunning Grampian mountains, and you’ll discover a perhaps lesser-known distillery that is ready to make its mark on the whisky-drinking world. Sister to the likes of The Dalmore and Jura, Fettercairn has a rich history and intriguing production processes but hasn’t really ever shouted about it.

But that’s about to change. Last year, Fettercairn for the first time unveiled a core range of single malts, bringing the distillery to a broader audience than ever before. And more innovation has followed!

Here to tell us more about Fettercairn as we tuck into a dram of the 12 Year Old expression is distillery brewer, Stewart Walker!

Fettercairn 12 Year Old

Look, it’s distillery brewer, Stewart Walker!

Master of Malt: Fettercairn has had a pretty exciting time of late! Bring us up to date with developments at the distillery and with the brand…

Stewart Walker: We’ve had a brilliant year at Fettercairn with plenty of upgrades at the distillery to keep me and the team busy, while also crafting and laying down thousands of barrels for future generations to enjoy. At the distillery itself, we have installed a new malt intake and milling equipment, we’ve also rebuilt the tun room which is stunning, adding two huge windows that look onto the Grampians behind the distillery. Our visitor centre has also had a makeover, and we welcomed Claire Sabiston to the team. We’re looking great and have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of new and old Fettercairn fans from around the world at the distillery. This year we released a Fettercairn 12 Year Old PX cask finished single malt into travel retail. It is delicious!

MoM: One of the features of the distillery that sets it apart is the cooling ring on the still. Talk us through how this works, and the impact it has on the character of the whisky…

SW: At Fettercairn we have a unique cooling rings fitted to each of our spirit spills. The drench our stills in crystal clear water from the Cairngorms, and ensure we capture the purest expression of our whisky’s character. They also create a beautiful green patina to our copper stills, and are simply mesmerising to watch in action. The feature was installed in 1952 when the manager of Fettercairn was looking for a way to create a floral, fruity nose on his new make spirit. He discovered that by allowing cold water to run down the head of still he could create something rather special. I like to imagine how they might have come up with this, and can imagine the distillery workers spraying water onto the stills with hoses to test the results before creating the actual cooling rings! Today the original cooling rings still take pride of place on our stills, and I’m glad they made this discovery as it really does allow us to create a lovely floral tropical fruit nose that is found throughout the Fettercairn Range.

Fettercairn 12 Year Old

Walker at Fettercairn Distillery

MoM: Talk us through a typical day at Fettercairn!

SW: It’s always an early start at Fettercairn, with a shift change at 6.00 am as the weary night workers head home, the day shift team prepare for mashing to begin at 7.00 am. Depending on where we are in production the spirit still might also be running – the cooling rings and warmth of the stills in action are always a welcome sight in the morning, especially in the winter months. We then take in a load of malt, checking the quality before off-loading to one of the malt bins before checking that everything is running as planned across the distillery. Then it’s time for a cup of tea and chat with the team. On days that we are filling casks, we take a charge and nose the spirit before reducing the ABV to 63.5% ABV, fill 60 casks and then roll them to their resting place in the warehouse where they’ll spend years asleep. We run tours seasonally so I like to say hello to our visitors as they walk around the site, and we regularly welcome special guests and press so I can often be found hosting tours and tastings too. I love my job – it’s busy, varied and no two days are the same. 

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2020?

SW: Around the world consumers thirst of whisky is growing! I think this will continue with people exploring more styles and experimenting with ways to enjoy their whisky – neat, with ice, in a cocktail – whisky is for everyone. For Fettercairn, we’ll be introducing more consumers across the world to our fantastic whiskies, and hopefully sharing some new expressions that will excite people’s taste buds! 

MoM: What will you be drinking this Christmas?

SW: Winter is a beautiful time of year at Fettercairn, with snow on the Cairngorms and frost in the fields. We tried a beautiful hot chocolate recently, made with chocolate drinking powder, coconut milk, a dash of PX sherry and Fettercairn 12 Year Old PX. A real treat that I can see enjoying around the fire with the family on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day itself, it will be a nice dram of Fettercairn 12 Year Old.

Fettercairn 12 Year Old

Fettercairn 12 Year Old

Fettercairn 12 Year Old Tasting Note:

Nose: Loads of stone fruit, florals and even some white chocolate coming through. With time, earthier coffee emerges as a bit of a base note.

Palate: The apricot vibes turn more tropical fruit, with ginger coming through, too. Vanilla pods and some drier herbs add a pleasing complexity.

Finish: Back to those orchard fruits, with more sweet spices!

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Whisky Advent 2019 Day #7: WhistlePig 10 Year Old

For the first time this year, we venture to North America for some rye whiskey as we continue to make our way through the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent…

For the first time this year, we venture to North America for some rye whiskey as we continue to make our way through the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar

Christmas can often be a time of fierce debate. Why do we persist with Brussel sprouts? Is Die Hard a Christmas film? Who invited the weird uncle again?

But some things are a matter of fact. Rye whiskey is delicious, for example. That’s a fact. Its revival in recent years is most welcome. There’s another. Whistlepig makes superb rye whiskey that should be celebrated and is more than worthy of a place in a whiskey-based Advent Calendar. All facts. 

Speaking of which, behind window #7 of you Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is… WhistlePig 10 Year Old!

WhistlePig 10 Year Old is straight rye whiskey which was distilled and initially matured in Canada before being aged further, at the WhistlePig Farm in Vermont. To tell us more about the dram behind window #7 is the wonderful Peter Lynch, master blender for WhistlePig.

WhistlePig 10 Year Old

Say hi to Peter Lynch!

Master of Malt: Tell us why you love WhistlePig 10 Year Old.

Peter Lynch: The 10 Year Old is the quintessential rye for so many reasons. There’s a lot of spice character, which has typically been the hallmark of rye whiskey, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to the time it spent resting in new, charred American oak, we’ve pulled a lot of wonderful barrel notes: caramels, vanillins, clove, and plenty of oak spice. The distillate character still shines through quite strongly, with that spice, a nice grassy character, some soft, floral notes, and a great mild sweetness that works beautifully with the wood sugars and tannin pulled from the cask. The ten year is an age stated whiskey, but for us, age statements are something of a minimum entry-level requirement for our whiskey to get into the bottle. It has to hit all the right flavours, first and foremost. When we look for casks when we produce a batch of 10 year, we’re looking for the proper mix to hit all these sides of the spectrum that the 10 year presents. With such a range of flavours, it’s that much more important to be vigilant with stewarding the maturation of casks, ensuring they don’t pull too much from the oak, as well the marrying of barrels prior to bottling, to hit that flavour profile perfectly.

MoM: Talk us through the signature Whistlepig character…

PL: WhistlePig’s identity is that of premium rye… but what the hell does that mean? For one, we’re giving you the best that rye has to offer in terms of flavour in bottle, period. That’s been our mission from day one. However, equally important to us is educating our fans on exactly what rye whiskey can be. We’ve typically only seen a few ryes in the back bar, all with a classic spice forward profile, but rye can be so much more than that. Rye is inherently fruity, grassy, herbaceous, floral, sweet, and yes, spicy – but not just peppery spice; we’re talking baking spices: cinnamon, cardamom, allspice and even baking chocolates. The world of whiskey hasn’t had the opportunity to taste this variety in rye until recently and, as we do, we learn, and as we learn, we want to try new, exciting, and different styles of rye. In our portfolio, you’ll see all these sides, from our flagship 10, to our sweet, fruity, elegant 12, to our spicy, oaky, robust 15 year, and our lighter, grassy, herbal Farmstock Rye. It’s a wonderful thing to see individuals eyes light up as they taste through our whiskeys, and truly begin to grasp what rye can be. Innovation can bring about some delicious results. 

WhistlePig 10 Year Old

The WhistlePig Distillery

MoM: Give us some ideas/serving suggestions for how WhistlePig 10 Year Old could be enjoyed… 

PL: We’re lucky to have a wonderful network of industry personnel in bars and restaurants across the world that love our products just as much as we do. Fortunately for me, they are much better at the craft of cocktails than I ever will be, and I’ll share a few classics I enjoy as often as I can. The maple old fashioned is one you’ll want to try the 10 year in. Using a classic old fashioned recipe, substitute your sugar component for equal parts maple syrup. If you’re lucky enough to have a bottle of the WhistlePig Barrel Aged Maple on hand, then you’re about to make the perfect cocktail for any occasion. I’ve been hot on the highballs this summer as well, and you’ll be surprised at how well the bold flavours of the 10 mingle with just the right amount of soda and ice, it really serves to brighten things up and bring out flavours you may not have noticed. Lastly, if you want something beautifully balanced, with some sweet, bitter, and herbal, the ten year in a Boulevardier is an absolute must-try.

MoM: What trends/developments do you think we’ll see in the whisky industry in 2020?  

PL: We’re going to see a lot more craft guys really staking their claim and coming into their own, as we have been for some time now. Some of the things that excite me the most are: 

– American Single Malt, and the potential for the category to bring some truly amazing, different, and lasting whiskies into our glasses and our cabinets.

– Finishing whiskey in new and innovative ways – the industry has only pushed this boundary further and further every year, and with great results.

– Ready to drink cocktails (RTD) are really coming into their own, with a few people really getting things right. It’s not easy to make these elevated drinks in a way that stays true to the flavours experienced at the bar for a lot of reasons, especially considering that a cocktail is made to drink asap. So when a brand puts something in a bottle that wows me, it’s even more impressive, and I’ve seen a few across the world the past year or two.

MoM: What will you be drinking this Christmas?

PL: The better question is what won’t I be drinking? Something tells me things might go a little something like this: Piggyback and eggnog (I may or may not have R&D’d this one already in anticipation of the holidays), 10 year in a maple old fashioned,15 Year with a cigar, and Boss Hog 6 with the folks to top it all off. 

WhistlePig 10 Year Old

WhistlePig 10 Year Old

Thank you so much, Peter. Now onto that delicious rye!

WhistlePig 10 Year Old Tasting Note:

Nose: Fresh peppermint and herbal thyme initially, with sweet vanilla and marzipan developing. Creamy butterscotch, raspberry jam and orange rind round it off.

Palate: Warm baking spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice burst to life and are tempered by sweet muscovado sugar, bright oak and dark chocolate. Vanilla cola and caramel shortbread linger.

Finish: Medium-length, with warm rye spices, sweet malt and sour cherries.

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Whisky Advent 2019 Day #3: Talisker 10 Year Old

On the third day of Advent, my Whisky Advent Calendar gave to me… an enticingly smoky dram indeed! Discover what Drinks by the Dram has hidden away for us today……

On the third day of Advent, my Whisky Advent Calendar gave to me… an enticingly smoky dram indeed! Discover what Drinks by the Dram has hidden away for us today…

Feeling the festive vibes yet? If not… WHY?! We’ve already had two liquid treats this Advent. And now we’re ready to crack open the third door of Drinks by the Dram’s 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar.

And the dram behind window #3 is…

Talisker 10 Year Old!

One of Diageo’s most-loved single malt Scotch distilleries, Talisker is located on the Isle of Skye, off Scotland’s stunning west coast. Its history stretches all the way back to 1830, when brothers Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill kicked off distillation. Today, the distillery takes a thoroughly modern approach to all things whisky, encouraging us to drink the stuff in whatever form we like, championing whisky cocktails, and even hosting a Race to Skye bartender competition.

We got hold of Diane Farrell, senior site manager, up at Talisker, to tell us more…

Talisker 10 Year Old Dianne Farrell

Say hello to Talisker’s Dianne Farrell!

Master of Malt: Talisker is located on the Isle of Skye! What impact does this have on the style of whisky you produce?

Diane Farrell: Talisker is such a fantastic representation of place – you taste it and you are transported right here; sitting by a campfire by the sea with your dram of Talisker. We are able to capture a lot of the flavour and character of our environment through our production process. It’s prevalent in our new make spirit and continues to shine through after its maturation period and into your glass. Talisker has been battered by the elements on the windswept cost which means our whisky has a uniquely maritime flavour that means we are uniquely ‘Made by the Sea’.

MoM: Tell us a bit about island life. What challenges does this hold for whisky-making?

DF: Talisker is one of the most remote distilleries in Scotland, located on the west coast of the Isle of Skye. Since it was founded in 1830 it has been in near-constant operation which truly shows the resilience of our people, past and present. In the early 1900s our own pier was built along with a purpose-built tramway to make bringing supplies to the distillery easier. Of course, now that we have the Skye Bridge it makes bringing supplies to the distillery much more straightforward than ever before!

Talisker 10 Year Old Distillery

The gorgeous Talisker Distillery

MoM: What have been your 2019 highlights at Talisker?

DF: 2019 has been an incredible year with so many highlights, including the second release in the Talisker Bodega Series, Talisker 41-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, one of the oldest from Skye’s oldest distillery. We hosted the finalists of the Diageo World Class Competition in September where the four elements of the wild were truly embraced during the Talisker Mystery Box Challenge. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the premier event in ocean rowing, starts on 12 December which is set to be the biggest and best to date, and we cannot wait to follow the action – we wish all of the rowers the very best of luck out there in the Atlantic facing the elements!

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2020?

DF: The increasing number of new serves for Scotch in bars. Whisky cocktails on menus are becoming more and more popular, reaching the next generation of Scotch whisky drinkers. This is a big evolution and it’s exciting!  

MoM: What will you be drinking this Christmas?

DF: Most definitely a Talisker Old Fashioned! Being warm and cozy indoors, sipping a Talisker Old Fashioned and spending time with loved ones – you can’t beat it!

Talisker 10 Year Old Tasting Note:

Nose: Lively and aromatic, there’s all sorts going on. Alongside the pronounced bonfire smoke there’s pear and apple too, seaweed, and almost a brine note, too. 

Palate: The bonfire smoke leaps from the glass, with a malty barley note, too. Dashes of black pepper give a warmth, but it’s balanced well with orchard fruit sweetness. 

Finish: Long and lush. The sweetness and bonfire embers go on and on.

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Whisky Advent 2019 Day #2: Starward Nova

An awesome Australian whisky awaits those who open window #2 of their Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… Christmas is at the beginning of the summer holidays for Australians….

An awesome Australian whisky awaits those who open window #2 of their Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar

Christmas is at the beginning of the summer holidays for Australians. You may have previously heard of folks enjoying Boxing Day barbecues* and trips to the beach. Frankly, I don’t know how we convince #WhiskySanta to spend so much of the season around MoM Towers. He does love a surf, our festive friend. 

Anyway, the reason why I brought all of that up is that today there’s an Australian whisky behind window #2 of your Advent calendars… Starward Nova!

Who else? Starward has been flying the Australian whisky flag as proudly as it can for the last few years and given the quality of spirit it bottles, it’s not hard to see why. Don’t forget, the opportunity to see how they do it can be yours by winning this delightful VIP trip to the distillery!

Back to Nova, which is an expression that should appeal to those who consider provenance important. It was made entirely from Australian malted barley and spent three years maturing in Melbourne in a mixture of wine casks from some of Australia’s greatest wineries including Yalumba, Penfolds and Wynns. The barrels are a mixture of American, French and a little East European oak that previously held mainly Shiraz, Cabernet and Pinot Noir.  

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s founder and maker of Starward whisky, David Vitale, to tell us more:

Starward Nova

Look, it’s David Vitale!

Describe the flavour of Starward Nova. What casks have you used in its maturation?

We use Australian red wine barrels for our full maturation, which has given it an aroma of bright red fruit, chocolate and baking spices with a lingering finish of berries and vanilla.

Starward is located in Australia. What impact does this have on the style of whisky you produce?

All great whiskies talk to the place they’re made and Starward is no different. We have access to some of the best barley, wheat and wine barrels to make Starward. But, more than that, we have a vibrant city in Melbourne which inspires us to think differently about whisky and bring it to life in easy to enjoy cocktails.

Talk us through the signature Starward character…

If I had to describe Starward in three words, it would be: fruity, smooth and balanced.

Starward Nova

Vitale feels the future is bright for Starward, and it’s hard to disagree…

What have been your 2019 highlights at Starward?

This has been our best year yet. Not only in terms of sales, but huge milestones like launching Two-Fold and Nova in the US, UK, France and Japan. It’s always been our dream to take a bit of Melbourne to the world and we are on our way.

What’s next for Starward?

We’ve only just started on our launch plans in these key export markets. So we have a big job to do to get Starward in the hands of curious whisky drinkers who are interested in delicious modern Australian Whisky.

Starward Nova

Starward Nova

Thank you very much to David for speaking to us. A delightful dram of Nova awaits!

Starward Nova tasting note:

Nose: Positively bursting with red fruit like strawberries with a Port-like mixture of fruit and nuts.

Palate: Honey, cinnamon and more red fruit on the palate, creamy nutty texture, luxurious mouthfeel with a touch of tannin.

Finish: Toffee with walnuts. 

*Where prawns, not shrimps, are enjoyed. Shrimp is what Americans say. Don’t believe everything you read.

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Whisky Advent 2019 Day #1: Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak

Forget pinch, punch, first of the month – today is all about drams! That’s right, we can finally open our Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar and enjoy what’s…

Forget pinch, punch, first of the month – today is all about drams! That’s right, we can finally open our Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar and enjoy what’s behind window #1.

The wait is over. Advent is here. 

On the one hand, this is not good news. It’s come around too quickly again. You need to start making your Christmas shopping list (#WhiskySanta might be able to help with that). You need to start mentally preparing yourself to untangle the impossible ball of Christmas lights and awkwardly hoist the old tree down from the attic. It’s also worth working on that inevitable explanation/apology for when your family points out that you were adamant that tree had another year in it. In your heart, you always knew it didn’t. It’s more brown than green.

On the other hand, though, it is good news. Very good news. Brilliant news, in fact. Why? Because we finally get to rip open the first window of our Advent calendars. Because you’re totally rad, you’ve ditched boring old chocolate and got the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. Which means a delicious Scotch whisky awaits…

What’s behind window number #1?

It’s Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak!

The first dram of this Advent season is part of the recently launched The Balvenie Stories range. As the name suggests, the classic Speyside distillery made this selection to celebrate the tales behind the tipple. The Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak, for example, was created to demonstrate what happens when ancient techniques and fresh ideas are blended, and was apprentice malt master Kelsey McKechnie’s experiment. Matured in twice-toasted virgin white American oak casks from Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky, The Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak was bottled at 43% ABV.

Balvenie 12 Year Old - The Sweet Toast of American Oak

Look – it’s McKechnie (L) and global brand ambassador Gemma Paterson in Kentucky!

Happily, we had the chance to catch up with McKechnie to find out her story.

Master of Malt: Talk us through the creation of your own dram for the Stories range.

Kelsey McKechnie: It was so exciting. Working on something and being able to tell the story right from the very first point of conception, when we had this idea to do something different with virgin American oak barrels, has been great. It’s so exciting, especially when we’ve had the liquid for such a long time and we’ve tasted it a lot. I definitely want it to be more of an opening into people understanding a little bit more about what a malt master does as well. As far as a narrative, for me, it’s an opening for people to talk more about how we actually make the spirit, how we mature it and why finishing times are so important. It sparks a lot of those questions and gives people an answer to the question of what is it you really do in this role.

MoM: What was the profile you were going for? Why virgin American oak barrels?

KMcK: With the virgin American oak barrel, we wanted to give a big flavour boost to the spirit and experiment with how would we go about, in effect, exhausting a virgin American oak barrel and a single finish. We really wanted to ramp up the flavour of the 12-year-old spirit. The fact that we get things like the big toffee and the sweetness and that candy fruit flavour really jumping to the forefront, it’s exactly what we were looking for, so to find it with the virgin American oak is perfect.

Balvenie 12 Year Old - The Sweet Toast of American Oak

The Balvenie Stories Range

MoM: What are your own personal taste notes on your dram?

KMcK: There’s an upfront, syrupy sweetness of toffee and caramel. Off the back of that, once the sweetness passes a little bit, there are notes of spice and citrus coming forward. Then it will leave us with that classic mouthfeel, which we call the ‘marzipan effect’ and the coconut burst that we get with Balvenie.

MoM: How would you describe the Balvenie profile?

Our new-make spirit has a cereal sweetness. As soon as the pure spirit runs off the still, every time we nose the vats, every distillation run, we want cereal sweetness. Almost like a loaf of bread. When the spirit matures, there’s more of richness that comes forward, coconut, marzipan, citrus. These flavours really jump to the forefront with Balvenie. Although we can do a lot of different finishes, we always want to layer them on the true DNA of Balvenie so that these notes always jump out at us. If we were to lose any of that character or the depth of the spirit, we wouldn’t be doing justice to the distillery.

MoM: How has your first year as the Malt Master apprentice gone?

KMcK: Amazing! It’s definitely been a lot of fun. I’ve been really lucky that this has in a lot of ways been my second year because we almost had that little silent year. It’s been fantastic working alongside David, learning all these little nuggets about when the cask-finishing becomes absolutely perfect or how we know when the spirit is just right. It’s been a fantastic year and I’ve learnt so much, I’m having a great time. 

Balvenie 12 Year Old - The Sweet Toast of American Oak

Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak

Thank you very much to Kelsey for speaking to us. The only thing left to do is crack open the Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak and kick off this year’s Advent dramming!

Balvenie 12 Year Old – The Sweet Toast of American Oak Tasting Note:

Nose: Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.

Palate: Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.

Finish: Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices.

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Master of Malt Dram Club – December 2019

It’s the final month of 2019, and we’re finding out what drams are tucked away inside the final Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets of the year! Let’s see…

It’s the final month of 2019, and we’re finding out what drams are tucked away inside the final Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets of the year! Let’s see what you’re in for in December…

Not only is it the last month of the year, this December is also the last month of the decade. The 2010s are coming to a close and we’ll be stepping into the 2020s. You just know some people are going to try and revive the trends of the roaring ’20s. They’ll try to bring back those horrible stripy suits or those hats that look like they’ve vacuum-sealed onto your head. Every pudding will be some sort of jelly. People might even start travelling by zeppelin again. OK, maybe I don’t know exactly what air travel was like in the 1920s but this all sounds: not great. Try to resist all of that and make the 2020s completely different and infinitely better than the 1920s as possible. But first, we have to finish off 2019 fantastically with one last batch Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Sets!

Dram Club Whisky for December:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for December:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for December:

Dram Club Gin for December:

Dram Club Rum for December:

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Master of Malt Dram Club – November 2019

Once again, the people who make calendars were correct in assuming that November would follow October, and our trust in them has resulted in another batch of terrific Tasting Sets…

Once again, the people who make calendars were correct in assuming that November would follow October, and our trust in them has resulted in another batch of terrific Tasting Sets for our Master of Malt Dram Club members!

As has been tradition for many years now, November has followed October. Honestly while the reliability of that order is comforting, we were sort of hoping that we’d be surprised with a brand new month. A zazzy, cavalier, funky-fresh month that doesn’t play by the rules. But alas, November. Classic November. While it may not wear sunglasses and say things like “radical”, November brings some new Tasting Sets for Master of Malt Dram Club members, so there are indeed great positives to be had.

Dram Club Whisky for November:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for November:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for November:

Dram Club Gin for November:

Dram Club Rum for November:

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Master of Malt Dram Club – October 2019

The spookiest month of the year is here, but there’s no reason for Master of Malt Dram Club members to be scared opening up their Tasting Sets – they’re full…

The spookiest month of the year is here, but there’s no reason for Master of Malt Dram Club members to be scared opening up their Tasting Sets – they’re full of tasty spirits (the liquid kind, not… Oh, forget it).

The parcel arrives on your doorstep, and you have no idea what is inside. You pick it up with trepidation and carry it inside, holding the parcel at arm’s length, as if it was dachshund-sized lobster. You place the parcel on a table and slowly begin to open it, the anticipation growing with every passing second. Finally, the last bit of packaging is removed, and you can’t help but scream. It’s… It’s… It’s some absolutely delicious drams in your latest Master of Malt Dram Club Tasting Set!

Dram Club Whisky for October:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for October:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for October:

Dram Club Gin for October:

Dram Club Rum for October:

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Master of Malt Dram Club – September 2019

A new month means brand new Tasting Sets for our very own Master of Malt Dram Club, and we’re giving you a peek at what you can expect to find…

A new month means brand new Tasting Sets for our very own Master of Malt Dram Club, and we’re giving you a peek at what you can expect to find magically appear on your doorstep if you’re a Dram Club member.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life doesn’t give you lemons and instead gives you a reason to write an intro to a blog, make a tangential link between its subject and an old, well-known phrase. So, if you’re a member of our Master of Malt Dram Club, don’t expect to find a a bag of lemons arrive at your door this month – expect some terrific drams! Yes, this was extraordinarily tangential, and frankly on the verge of being nonsense. It may also be confusing if you did actually order lemons from another source. We suppose at that point you may as well make some lemonade – perhaps one of your drams will pair well with it…?

Dram Club Whisky for September:

Dram Club Premium Whisky for September:

Dram Club Old & Rare Whisky for September:

Dram Club Gin for September: 

Dram Club Rum for September:

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Order your delicious booze-filled Advent Calendars now!

Perhaps you’re a festive forward planner. Or maybe you just can’t resist the idea of a dram a day in the run-up to Christmas. Either way, we have news: Drinks…

Perhaps you’re a festive forward planner. Or maybe you just can’t resist the idea of a dram a day in the run-up to Christmas. Either way, we have news: Drinks by the Dram’s delectable drinks-filled Advent Calendars are available to order now!

Deck the halls, jingle those bells, and ready the tasting glasses. Drinks by the Dram’s epic booze-filled Advent Calendars are almost here! The 2019 collection has been revealed, and there are more ways than ever to get into the Christmas spirit this December.

Each and every Advent Calendar is filled to the brim with delectable drinks. 24 different 30ml drams, one for each in the Christmas run-in, to be precise. From all manner of whisky, gin and rum, to Tequila, Cognac and other more intriguing options, there is an Advent Calendar for every taste (good to know if you’re planning on treating the drinks geek in your life – we recommend, ahem, self-gifting, too).

Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars

Drinks by the Dram’s Advent Calendars are back!

And there’s a whole load of tasty newness! We’re especially excited about The Calendar of Curiosities, an esoteric selection comprising thoroughly unusual gins, whiskies, rums, mezcals and more (sotol, anyone?). It’s all wrapped up in a shiny new look across the main Calendar spectrum. Advent now looks as good as it tastes.

So, what does the full team line-up look like? Feast your eyes on the 2019 Advent selection of dr(e)ams and order yours now!

Main Collection

Drinks by the Dram’s 2019 Advent Calendars have a whole new look! These beauties look as good as the drams hidden away inside…

The Cognac Advent Calendar

The Cognac Advent Calendar – £149.95

The Old and Rare Advent Calendar

The Old and Rare Advent Calendar – £999.00

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar

The Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar – £149.95

The American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar

The American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar – £124.95

Explorer Editions

Specially-curated selections for an Advent journey of discovery!

That Boutique-y Gin and Whisky Calendars

Gorgeously illustrated and irresistibly delicious…

Icon Advent Calendars

The absolute ultimate in Advent luxury, hand-waxed and presented in a bespoke box, nestled in a leather satchel. These calendars contain some of the rarest whiskies on earth!

Classic Advent Calendars

Adore Drinks by the Dram’s classically-shaped box? We’ve got a stash right here! Don’t panic – they’re up to date with the latest 2019 contents, even if there’s something familiar about the exterior…

Classic exterior, the latest 2019 contents within!

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