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Whisky Advent 2021 Days 22, 23, and 24

It’s our final Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar blog for the year! What tasty drams were behind doors 22, 23, and 24? We’re about to find out. Along…

It’s our final Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar blog for the year! What tasty drams were behind doors 22, 23, and 24? We’re about to find out.

Along with a few last minute presents, we’re wrapping up our Advent updates because it’s finally Christmas Eve! So before you leave a mince pie and a glass of sherry out for you know who, let’s catch up on the final three drams that you’ve been sipping.

Oh, and if you’re after some drinking inspiration we’ve even included a cocktail recipe at the bottom. Smoky Cokeys are go, people! 

Day 22: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

This fruity Speyside dram was matured in a trio of casks: American oak ex-bourbon, Portuguese sherry, and virgin oak, before all three spirits are married in a solera vat. A solera is something historically used in the sherry industry, whereby whenever any spirit is drawn from the cask (which is never emptied), it’s continuously topped up again.

What does it taste like?

Well-sherried, with spiced fruitcake and candied citrus followed by honey sweetness and oaky warmth on the finish. 

Day 23: Lagavulin 8 Year Old

This beloved expression was only added to the Lagavulin core range in 2016, after a special edition initially released to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary was received very well by whisky drinkers. A classic Islay malt for a reason, it’s got savoury smoke and bursts of fruity sweetness all in one.

What does it taste like?

Smoky and savoury. Smoked kipper and ashy bonfire are balanced by frangipane, baking spices, and apple crumble.

Day 24: Mortlach 16 Year Old

Mortlach added a trio of tasty whiskies to its range in 2018, and this 16 Year Old is one of them. Drawn from ex-sherry casks, all that delicious dark fruit and warming spice works deliciously well with the full-bodied spirit that Mortlach is known for – it’s not called the Beast of Dufftown for nothing!

What does it taste like?

Gloriously chewy, with oily nuts (think walnut), dried fruit, and oak furniture, supported by clove and ginger warmth. 

How to make a Smoky Cokey with Lagavulin

The Smoky Cokey a firm favourite of industry legend Colin Dunn, and a brilliant way to make what can be an intimidating dram more approachable. Plus, it’s incredibly easy. Don’t be afraid to mix Lagavulin, no matter what people say!

Add the Lagavulin to a glass filled with lots of ice, and then top with the cola. Stir, then add a wedge of lime if desired. Then all that’s left to do is enjoy.

Have a wonderful Christmas, folks! May your day be filled with roast potatoes and a glass of something delicious.

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Whisky Advent 2021 Days 18, 19, 20 and 21

We’re on the home stretch, everyone. There’s just one more Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar blog to come after this, so let’s enjoy the festive spirit while we…

We’re on the home stretch, everyone. There’s just one more Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar blog to come after this, so let’s enjoy the festive spirit while we can!

We’re so close to Christmas! It’s time to start wrapping the presents, assembling the cheeseboard, and peeling sprouts. You might be a little sick of Christmas music by now but here at MoM Towers, we can’t get enough to be honest. As long as nobody plays Dominic the Donkey. I’m deadly serious. If I hear that “hee-haw, hee-haw”, somebody is getting a stocking to the face.

One thing nobody will have any disagreements over is how good days 18, 19, 20, and 21 in your Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar have been. There’s some classic names and new favourites to enjoy, in a selection that particularly lends itself to mixing. Who wants a Christmas cocktail? 

Whisky Advent 2021 Days

Day 18: Monkey Shoulder

William Grant’s classic blend that changed everything, prompting a generation of bartenders to start mixing whisky again with the confidence that this creamy, supple and very malty Scotch made only with single malt whisky wouldn’t let them down. Try it neat or in a variety of cocktails. You can’t go wrong.

What does it taste like?

Berry fruit, juicy toasted barley, cloves, butterscotch, manuka honey, hot-buttered-toast, and dried apricot develop.

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Day 19: The Glenrothes 12 Year Old – Soleo Collection

This range takes its name from the process of sun-drying grapes in Jerez for sherry production, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that sherried deliciousness is a focus here. A perfect introduction to all things that make Glenrothes fantastic, this 12-year-old single malt is a smooth, creamy, and beautifully balanced treat.

What does it taste like?

Creamy hazelnut, dried fruit chocolate, old leather, dried herbs, cinnamon, honeyed oak, and Galia melon.

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Day 20: Talisker Port Ruighe

Pronounced ‘Port Ree’, this no age statement release from the always popular Talisker is finished in Port wine casks, which imparts a new dimension of rich, fruity goodness to this salty, slick, and smoky Isle of Skye single malt.

What does it taste like?

A thick, oily mouthfeel carries notes of wood smoke, sea salt, brine, and orange peel as well as additional characteristics from the Port casks such as plum and chocolate.

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Day 21: Stauning Rye

Made from a combination of local rye and barley and matured in new American oak barrels before it was bottled without chill-filtration at 48% ABV, this Danish delight is different from other ryes you’ll taste. The spicy, dusty American profile makes way in a fruity, rich, and mellow sipper that’s full of the nutty, orchard fruit-heavy distillery character we love.

What does it taste like?

Buttery, creamy, and full-bodied with marmalade, cinder toffee, floral honey, freshly baked rye bread, salted popcorn, peanut butter, stewed apples, cherry, lemon peel and a rich, aromatic note of stem ginger.

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How to make a Sazerac with Stauning Rye

The Sazerac. A genuine classic: strong, smooth, superb. It’s also a very simple drink that people love to overcomplicate. This is a cracking little recipe that allows you to get the full benefit of the absinthe without waste or leave stirring a sugar cube into whisky all day. You can substitute Stauning Rye for a different rye whisky if you prefer, but do use Peychaud’s Bitters, there’s really no replacing it.

30ml Stauning Rye or any rye whisky you fancy
3ml sugar syrup
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
A dash of absinthe

Pop your ingredients in a tasting glass and give them a swirl before tasting for sweetness. Sling in a handful of ice, and give the drink a quick stir. Grab your serving glass and roll a glug of absinthe before tipping it back into the bottle (no need to waste it if your glass is clean. You can also just drink it) and then strain your well-chilled, well-diluted cocktail into the glass. Finish off by expressing a fresh lemon twist over it and serve.

That’s it for now. Your final Advent update will be on 24 December. See you then!

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Whisky Advent 2021 Days 11, 12, 13 and 14

Scotland, Ireland, England and Sweden. We’re really off on an adventure in this round of our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar tasting. We’ve officially reached that time of…

Scotland, Ireland, England and Sweden. We’re really off on an adventure in this round of our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar tasting.

We’ve officially reached that time of year where the tree is up and you can begin to compile your list of approved Christmas movies after you’ve eaten your body weight in turkey and stuffing. The Muppets Christmas Carol is non-negotiable. It is the greatest Christmas film of all time and I’ll hear no arguments either way.

It’s also time to look back on some truly brilliant Adventing. In your Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar you’ve had some corkers so far and this bunch doesn’t fail to live up to expectations. Featuring drams from Scotland, Ireland, England, and Sweden, there are all kinds of liquid loveliness to enjoy. We even popped a Bobby Burns cocktail recipe on the end as a bonus treat. Now, let’s look at what we’ve got for days 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Whisky Advent 2021 Days

Day 11: Egan’s 10 Year Old Single Malt

From the reborn, family-owned Irish independent bottlers Egan comes an aged single malt that’s a real desert of a dram. A single malt Irish whiskey that was aged for 10 years in oak casks selected by the Egan family, there’s a viscous quality to the texture of this one that carries beautiful tropical fruit and baked good notes.

What does it taste like?

Light smoke alongside aromas of pineapple, coconut, vanilla, apples and freshly baked cookies.

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Day 12: Mackmyra Björksav

All the way from Sweden comes a marvellous Mackmyra single malt that is made up of whisky aged in bourbon casks, Oloroso sherry casks, Swedish oak casks, and even casks that previously held Swedish birch sap wine! Inspired by the long wait for spring to arrive, you can expect a bright and floral profile.

What does it taste like?

Green apples, lemongrass, citrus blossom, peach, vanilla tablet, spiced biscuit dough and candied ginger.

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Day 13: Tobermory 12 Year Old

The signature expression of Tobermory Distillery, this whisky was matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks and bottled without any additional colouring or filtration to let that fruity, vibrant and slightly spicy distillery character shine, and shine it does.

What does it taste like?

Pear, peach and apple, with a dusting of brown sugar. Greek yoghurt, barley and a hint of cinnamon pastries.

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Day 14: Gullivers 47

This English whisky brand was made in honour of Samuel Gulliver, who explored the world in pursuit of wines, spirits and liqueurs, and brought them back to 18th century Britain, by his descendant Stuart Gulliver, carrying on the legacy eight generations later. The award-winning 47 is made with gently peated English single malt by The English Whisky Company using Concerto barley grown in East Anglia and was matured in bourbon casks from Jim Beam to give it a moreish, delicately smoky profile.

What does it taste like?

Apples and pears, cinnamon loaf, toasty oak, vanilla sponge and candied citrus with creamy malt and a whisper of bonfire smoke.

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How to make a Bobby Burns

The Bobby Burns first appeared in Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book. It’s a variation on the Rob Roy, a Manhattan made with Scotch in place of bourbon or rye, named after Robert Burns. This recipe of two parts whisky to one part vermouth with just a dash of pastis allows each ingredient to shine and gives it a deep, festive red colour.

50ml Tobermory 12 Year Old
25ml Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino vermouth
A dash of Ricard Pastis, or more to taste (or a teaspoon of Drambuie)

Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker, stir well and strain into a coupe or Nick & Nora. Garnish with a lemon peel or maraschino cherry.

That does it for today. Your next Advent update will be on 17 December. See you then!

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Whisky Advent 2021 Days 4, 5, 6 and 7

We’re back to peek behind the windows of our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar and feast on the delicious drinks inside. How’s everyone enjoying their Advent? By now…

We’re back to peek behind the windows of our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar and feast on the delicious drinks inside.

How’s everyone enjoying their Advent? By now you’ll have enjoyed a week of whisky surprises, with drams from Speyside, Islay, the Highlands, and even Finland lying behind each window of your calendars. This time we’ve got a hot newcomer and some criminally underrated distilleries providing us with a selection of welcome winter warmers. We’re even going to use one of them to make a cracking Old Fashioned.

So, let’s get to it and see what you’re drinking. Oh, and don’t be afraid to pick up a Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar if you don’t have one yet, there’s plenty of time to catch up. 

Whisky Advent 2021 Days

Day 4: Glengoyne 12 Year Old

Glengoyne is a relentlessly reliable distillery home to rich and rewarding drams thanks to its insistence on long fermentation and slow distillation that maximises copper interaction and reflux to produce a gentle, sweet, and fruity spirit that’s elevated by hand-selected sherry casks. The 12 Year Old is so sophisticated for its age and makes a great Old Fashioned, as you’ll see very soon…

What does it taste like?

Toffee apples, a little acacia honey, nectarine in syrup and spice, vanilla, and coconut milk supported by toasted barley in the background.

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Day 5: Nc’nean Organic Single Malt Whisky – Batch 7

One of Scotland’s most impressive new distilleries, Nc’nean’s considered process has led to some delightful first releases, from its gentle fermentation and distillation right down to the 100% recycled glass bottles. A combination of STR (shaved, toasted, and re-charred) red wine casks and bourbon casks enhance its fruity spirit, creating a vibrant tipple that really holds its own despite its young age.

What does it taste like?

Honeycomb, waxy peels, almond, strawberry jam on rye toast leading into a spicy hint of ginger and peppercorn.

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Day 6: Tamdhu 12 Year Old

The fabulous Tamdhu doesn’t get anywhere near enough attention for our liking, but fans of the distillery know how much it has mastered the art of sherry-matured whisky. This particular expression was aged exclusively in a combination of first-fill and refill Oloroso sherry casks for 12 years, giving it oodles of fruit and spice. 

What does it taste like?

Orange Starburst, plum, juicy raisin, chocolate fudge, cinnamon swirls, and toasted oak, along with some mint chocolate.

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Day 7: Singleton of Dufftown 15

Dufftown does easy-drinking and elegant whisky seriously well and this is one of its most quaffable releases. Matured in a mix of European and American oak casks, Singleton of Dufftown 15 has a beautiful balance of sweetness and spice.

What does it taste like?

Conference pears, green apple skin, golden syrup, and vanilla lead into a spicy, dry finish.

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Old Fashioned with Glengoyne 12 Year Old

It’s one of the world’s simplest and oldest cocktails. If you’ve already finished your Glengoyne 12 Year Old then never fear as you can use any whisky. Click here for more Old Fashioned ideas.

30ml Glengoyne 12 Year Old or any whisky you fancy
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
1 teaspoon hot water
1 dash Angostura Bitters

In a tumbler add the sugar, bitters, and hot water. Stir vigorously until most of the sugar has dissolved. Add half the whisky, keep stirring until there is no graininess left. Now add three or four big cubes of ice and stir. Finally, add the rest of the whisky, stir some more, and serve with a maraschino cherry. 

That’s all, folks. Your next Advent update will be on 10 December. See you then!

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Whisky Advent 2021 Days 1, 2 and 3

It’s the first of our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar blogs for 2021, taking a closer look at what is behind doors one, two and three. There’s some…

It’s the first of our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar blogs for 2021, taking a closer look at what is behind doors one, two and three. There’s some tasty drams in there.

Advent has begun which means we have entered the season where it’s completely acceptable to have a mince pie and a glass of Harvey’s Bristol Cream while still in your dressing gown. No wonder it’s called the most magical time of the year. 

But we’re all whisky fans here, so instead of sweet sweet sherry we’ve got delicious drams to wash down seasonal treats. If you’re the proud owner of Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, then these drams below are the ones you are enjoying at the moment, or have already polished off. 

If you don’t have a Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar, don’t worry as there’s plenty of time to buy one and catch up. And finally, if you’re after some drinking inspiration, we’ve included a cocktail recipe at the bottom.

Advent 2021

Day 1 Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old

There’s plenty of mystery about this wee dram. From its peculiar name (it’s an anagram, see if you can figure it out…) to the fact it’s sourced from an undisclosed distillery on Islay. But, one thing we know for sure is that it’s damn tasty and makes a great introduction to Scotland’s most distinctive collection of distilleries.

What does it taste like?

Maritime peat, iodine, honey sweetness, paprika, salted caramel, old bookshelves, mint dark chocolate, espresso, new leather, honey, liquorice allsorts, bonfire smoke and toffee penny, with a pinch of salt.

kyro-malt-rye-whisky

Day 2 Kyrö Malt Rye Whisky

Rye is really enjoying a moment. With it’s bold spicy flavours, it’s the cocktail whiskey par excellence. The heartlands of rye are the USA and Canada, but we’ve tasted superb examples from England, Holland and this Kyro Rye Malt from Finland. It’s made from 100% malted wholegrain rye and makes a damn good Old Fashioned (see below).

What does it taste like?

Honeyed apricot, orange and sultana, baked earth spiciness, a hint of chocolate and coffee hiding in there too. Deliciously sweet and spicy. 

Brilliant Burns Night whiskies

Day 3 Laphroaig 10 Year Old

Another Islay treat and one of Scotland’s most distinctive whiskies. With its smell of iodine, TCP and wood smoke, there’s no mistaking Laphroaig 10 Year Old. It’s one that people tend to either love or hate, so much so that the distillery cleverly built a marketing campaign around its divisive nature. Let us know what you think.

What does it taste like?

You’ll find seaweed, smoke and TCP with supporting notes of vanilla ice cream and a massive spicy surge, think cardamom/black pepper/chilli.

Manhattan

How to make an Manhattan

When the Manhattan was first created back in the 19th century, it would have been a mix of rye and vermouth. But don’t worry if you’ve finished your Kyro Rye Malt because you could use bourbon, or even Scotch whisky in which case it becomes a Rob Roy. 

30ml Kyro Rye Malt
15ml Cinzano Rosso 1757 (or any sweet vermouth)
Dash of Angostura bitters

Stir ingredients with lots of ice in a shaker and strain into a cold Martini glass (you can use a coupe or a Nick & Nora instead). Express a piece of orange zest over and drop into the glass. Add a cherry if you’re feeling hungry.

That’s it for now. Your next Advent update will be on 7 December. See you then!

 

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Beware fake advent calendars!

Rogue gift websites have been selling fake Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars. We are warning customers to be aware of these scam products. In the last few days we’ve…

Rogue gift websites have been selling fake Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars. We are warning customers to be aware of these scam products.

In the last few days we’ve had a tidal wave of calls about a number of sites selling fake advent calendars.

They’re generally offering them at 50 to 70% off the normal price, and, unsurprisingly, what’s delivered is rubbish.

Fake advent calendars

One fake calendar contained empty bottles and cheap trinkets

As is so often the case, when something looks too good to be true, it is.  These calendars are cheap fakes, riddled with spelling mistakes and full of empty bottles rather than actual drams.

Fake advent calendars

Detail from one of the fakes, note all the typos

We immediately tried to get the sites selling them taken down, and with some degree of success, but for each one taken offline, two more sprang up to take their place.

Initially we thought they might just be phishing sites set up to harvest personal information from scammed customers (which they might still be) but, remarkably, they do actually seem to be shipping something to people who buy from them.  Sadly, none so far appear to contain any actual drams, the contents being more of the empty bottle and key-fob variety.

We know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but a lot of unsuspecting people are getting caught up in this scam and getting conned out of money they can’t really afford to lose.

Pre-order your delightful booze-filled Advent Calendars now

This is what a genuine Bourbon Advent Calendar should look like

Justin Petszaft, Master of Malt Founder, was characteristically unimpressed:

What kind of dickhead do you have to be to scam people like this, knowing that you’re going to ruin someone’s Christmas when they open up the first window and find a used plaster and a candy corn instead of a delicious dram of single malt whisky? The people perpetrating this obvious scam are utterly shameless. Don’t get taken in, don’t let your friends get taken in, and if you’ve been defrauded by one of these assholes contact PayPal immediately and get your money back.” He continued: “We’ve obviously contacted everyone we can about this – PayPal, the domain registry, the web hosts and other platform providers, but as soon as one site gets taken down, two more pop up in their place.”

So please be on the lookout for these fake calendars, and tell your friends to do the same:

-If the pricing seems too good to be true – assume it is!  Where you can, buy from a trusted site like masterofmalt.com 

-The fakes are easy to spot even because of the numerous spelling mistakes on the packaging such as “Calenday”, “Advane” and “Hane waxed” (we’ve never Hane waxed anything in our lives).. 

-If you buy a calendar and it doesn’t have 24 of our hand waxed drams inside, please immediately request a refund through PayPal or your credit card to give you the best chance of getting your money back.

-Please also report the site in question to PayPal or your card provider to add pressure for them to be taken down.

-If you do discover one of these webshites, please do let us know at [email protected] so that we can add that retailer to our list of scam sites to be taken down.

Thank you for reading and have a good (fake free) Christmas!

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Win a year’s worth of whisky or rum for Father’s Day!

Want the ultimate Father’s Day present? Well, our new competition is offering somebody the chance to win a year’s supply of whisky or rum! Dads are notoriously hard to buy…

Want the ultimate Father’s Day present? Well, our new competition is offering somebody the chance to win a year’s supply of whisky or rum!

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. Every card has the same lame references to golf or beer. Every gift site has the familiar, tired collection of vaguely masculine, personalised paraphernalia. 

And with everything that’s been going on in the last year or so, plenty of people will be working on a budget. So in order to appropriately spoil the father figure in your life, you’ll need to find something spectacular that doesn’t break the bank. Sounds tricky, right? Wrong.

Because we’re giving you an opportunity to win a year’s supply of whisky or rum for the price of simply entering a competition.

Win a year’s worth of whisky or rum

All this could be your gift to dad this year…

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Drinks by the Dram to launch one of our most significant competitions yet. You see, the brand makes all kinds of delightful tasting sets, like the 12 Dram Premium Rum Collection or the 12 Dram Whisky Collection. They’re an amazing way to explore a spirit and make for excellent gifts.

Well, when you purchase either one now you’ll get entered into our competition, the prize of which is 12 full-size bottles of what is in either collection (winner’s choice). 

So, for example, if you win and are a fan of whisky, your dad will receive a bottle of Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey one month, then Glenfiddich Experimental Series – IPA Cask Finish the next and so on (you can see exactly what’s in each tasting collection by clicking on the link to the products).

Win a year’s worth of whisky or rum

Just imagine getting a delivery of one of these beautifies every month!

Simply buy one of the tasting sets between now and 19 June and you’re in with a chance to win an incomparable prize. Oh, and the best part is, even if you don’t win, you’ve still got a fantastic collection set to give your dad!

Good luck everyone, and if whoever wins wants to share a celebratory dram with us, you know where we are…

MoM Father’s Day Competition 2021 open to entrants in the UK who are 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 GMT on 24 May to 23:59:59 GMT on 19 June 2021. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. Postal route available. See full T&Cs for details.

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Looking for a top Burns Night dram?

Don’t miss out on your celebrations just because of the lockdown. You can still pick yourself a bottle of delicious Scotch whisky and toast Scotland’s favourite son in style. The…

Don’t miss out on your celebrations just because of the lockdown. You can still pick yourself a bottle of delicious Scotch whisky and toast Scotland’s favourite son in style.

The 25 January is the birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns and usually at this time people around the world mark it with an extravagant affair of food, music and malt. Burns Night this year, however, is taking place smack bang in the middle of a lockdown. So, we’re going to have to do things a little differently.

That doesn’t mean we can’t have a brilliant time of feasting and festivities. There’s going to be a raft of virtual celebrations we can get involved in and there’s nothing stopping you from donning a kilt, picking up some haggis and ensuring you’ve got some tasty Scotch whisky to enjoy. That’s why we’ve put together this list of some delightful expressions perfect for a long night of drinking, dancing and entertainment.

Slange Var!

The perfect Burns Night drams

A perfect Burns Night dram!

Robert Burns Single Malt 

Drinking any Scotch whisky on Burns Night is a fitting way to celebrate the man himself. But, picking yourself up a bottle that bears his name? Now we’re talking. The Robert Burns Single Malt was produced by the Isle of Arran Distillers, who are patrons of the ‘Robert Burns World Federation’. So you can be sure this beauty was made with true reverence for the Bard.

What does it taste like?

Pear juice, coconut, custard, vanilla, panna cotta, lime peel, apple strudel and cinnamon.

A perfect Burns Night dram!

Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire 10 Year Old Cask Strength (Batch 001) 

If you’ve tasted Seaweed & Aeons & Digging & Fire, you’ll already know it’s brilliant. But the clever clogs behind this cracking Islay single malt have taken things up a notch. How? By bottling the whisky at a cask strength 57.5% ABV. This is a Burns Night dram for those who really love their complex and smoky Islay whiskies.

What does it taste like?

Strong sea breeze, roasted barley, grounded by flame raisins, red apples, earthy peat, sherried richness, strong coffee with a dash of milk, charred oak and a flash of spicy yet fruity red pepper flake.

A perfect Burns Night dram!

Talisker 10 Year Old 

There are few better bang-for-your-buck whiskies than this classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Talisker 10 Year Old is one of those expressions that has a place in the heart of all whisky fans. Its versatile profile means it’s great neat, in cocktails and when paired with food, making it ideal if you’d like to enjoy your Scotch in different ways on the night.

What does it taste like?

Smoke, sweet pear and apple peels, maritime salt, seaweed, peat, black pepper, brine and dry barley. 

A perfect Burns Night dram!

Darkness 8 Year Old

One for fans of sherry bombs. This 8-year-old single malt Scotch whisky was matured initially in ex-bourbon barrels before being moved into tiny, custom-made Oloroso sherry octave casks for at least three months. When you use smaller casks you increase the intensity of wood’s influence on your spirit. And when you have beautiful hand-coopered sherry casks, this leads to most excellent results.

What does it taste like?

Candied orange peels, chocolate peanuts, cooking spice warmth, dried cherry, Amaretti biscuits, subtly toasty hints, powerful raisin and prune, just a touch of earthy oak lingers.

A perfect Burns Night dram!

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old 

There’s plenty of mystery about this dram. From its intriguing name (it’s an anagram, see if you can figure it out…) to the fact it’s sourced from an undisclosed distillery on Islay. But, one thing we know for sure is that it’s damn tasty. An approachable introduction to Scotland’s most distinctive collection of distilleries, Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old captures the true taste of Islay with its smoky, sweet and maritime profile.

What does it taste like?

Maritime peat, iodine, honey sweetness, paprika, salted caramel, old bookshelves, mint dark chocolate, espresso, new leather, honey, liquorice allsorts, bonfire smoke and toffee penny, with a pinch of salt.

Perfect for some Burns Night dramming!

Regions of Scotland Tasting Set 

There’s no better way to familiarise yourself with the wonderful world of Scotch whisky than this tasting set. The ultimate introduction to the famed whisky regions of Scotland, Islay, the Highlands, the Lowlands, Speyside and Campbeltown, this creation from Drinks by the Dram contains five 30ml samples of deliciousness. Which means there’s sure to be something you love inside. Why have one Burns Night dram, when you can have five?

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Whisky Advent 2020 Day #23: The Perspective Series 21 Year Old – Berry Bros. & Rudd

Are you giddy with festive glee? Because there’s just two more sleeps until Christmas! This calls for a dram. Luckily there’s a particularly excellent one behind window #23… It’s Christmas…

Are you giddy with festive glee? Because there’s just two more sleeps until Christmas! This calls for a dram. Luckily there’s a particularly excellent one behind window #23…

It’s Christmas Eve Eve (definitely a thing) and we’re so close to the big day you can almost smell it. And taste it. And hear it. Man, Christmas is a feast for the senses, isn’t it? But outside of all the food, songs and other festivities, there’s another tradition that whisky lovers get to enjoy, for a couple of more days at least, and that’s finding out what their Whisky Advent Calendar has in store for them. Behind today’s window is…

The Perspective Series 21 Year Old – Berry Bros. & Rudd!

There are only a couple more drams left in the Whisky Advent Calendar so naturally, our friends at Drinks by the Dram wanted to take things up a notch, which it certainly has done here. We’re big fans of this range, so much so we wrote a whole blog about it. And you know who else is a fan? Berry Bros. & Rudd assistant reserve spirits manager Jonny McMillan, who kindly agreed to tell us more about the brand and dram!

The Perspective Series 21 Year Old - Berry Bros. & Rudd

Merry Christmas Jonny McMillan!

Master of Malt: Berry Bros. & Rudd has a pretty storied history. Can you share a little tale from the brand’s past…

Jonny McMillan: For me, the best stories are those implied by the artefacts we have lying around in No.3 St James’s. We have some old ‘vest pocket price lists’ showing that in 1907 we were selling our own bottlings of 1885 Talisker!  Legend has it that these casks were kept in the cellars of St James’s and were bottled steadily as customers ordered them, but they seem to have been available for at least 3 years so I like to think perhaps we had a large stock of them, bought by some intrepid spirits buyer who made an expedition up to Skye to secure some casks from the wild Gaelic distillers! On the same list, we have 1897 Macallan, which was available by the gallon for 25 shillings…

MoM: What fun things have happened in the world of Berry Bros. & Rudd in 2020?

JM: Like most other whisky companies we’ve had to embrace the world of online tastings via Zoom and Streamyard etc… I must admit that at first I was pretty sceptical about how the comradery inherent in a physical tasting session can translate to a digital platform, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed tasting whisky with people on the other side of the planet.  Though, the time difference when hosting a tasting in Australia can be a challenge – it took true stoicism for the greater good of whisky to stick my nose in a glass of Caol Ila at 0730 GMT.

The Perspective Series 21 Year Old - Berry Bros. & Rudd

In the Berry Bros. & Rudd vaults, there’s all kinds of fascinating boozy history

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2021?

JM: I suspect the trend for online tastings will continue, ultimately I think a lot of people enjoy the ease and comfort of being able to taste drams in their own home while also getting expert advice via a live stream – it can be a better environment to really analyse a whisky too rather than a loud, beer charged tasting room. Beyond online tastings, I think the new distillers experimenting with different yeasts and barleys are going to start having more mature stock in the next couple of years, most of these being from outside of Scotland – the results from these casks could really shake things up.

MoM: What did you try to achieve with The Perspective Series and how was it received?

JM: There’s really nowhere better to enjoy a dram than in the great rugged wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, but alas we can’t take all our customers out to sip 40 year old whisky in Glencoe, so we opted to work with acclaimed landscape photographer Lindsay Robertson instead. We gave him samples of some glorious aged blends we’d be developing and asked him to pair them with photos of Scotland at her most majestic, and I think some of the images he chose work perfectly. The image of the beautifully desolate Sandalwood Bay up in Sutherland works wonderfully with the understated elegance of the 21-year-old.

MoM: What will you be drinking this Christmas?

A magnum of Berry’s Good Ordinary Claret… I might even share it.

The Perspective Series 21 Year Old - Berry Bros. & Rudd

The Perspective Series 21 Year Old – Berry Bros. & Rudd Tasting Note:

Nose: Sherried dried fruits, rich chocolate and a hint of leather, with a generous helping of baking spices.

Palate: Creamy vanilla builds into distinct oaky tones, alongside both fresh orchard fruit and dried fruit with a drizzle of honey.

Finish: Creamy notes continue into a lengthy finish with a hint of tannic oak and sherry.

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The winner of our #MissedMoment competition is…

Sound the new winner klaxon, because somebody is about to learn they’ve won a tremendously boozy prize. You may remember that back in November we decided to try and lift…

Sound the new winner klaxon, because somebody is about to learn they’ve won a tremendously boozy prize.

You may remember that back in November we decided to try and lift your spirits by giving you a tremendous prize if you just shared with us a moment you missed this year that you would like to recreate. The boozy goodies up for grabs included a choice of either a premium gin, rum or whisky (Pour & Sip’s December 2020 box) tasting set as well as entry to a private virtual tasting for up to 30 people (from different households!).

It’s quite the reward and the perfect pick-me-up after the year that was. And it’s all going to one person. Congratulations to…

#Missed Moment competition

Our victor chose the juniper-y delights of the gin tasting set!

Harv Sahota from London!

Enjoy your magnificent bounty Harv and thanks to all of you who submitted your #MissedMoments.

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