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Whisky Advent 2018 Day #18: Glenfarclas 105

Behind the 18th door of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar lies a classic sherried Speyside single malt bottled at cask strength… In this ever-changing world of whisky, where…

Behind the 18th door of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar lies a classic sherried Speyside single malt bottled at cask strength…

In this ever-changing world of whisky, where it seems that not a week goes by without the announcement of a new distillery, and drinks companies are constantly consolidating, amalgamating, and mutating, Glenfarclas is an anomaly. Just look at those labels, they haven’t been anywhere near a Shoreditch-based graphic designer. What worked in the 1940s works now. Visiting the distillery is a similar experience. It’s not glitzy and polished, the equipment is neither antique nor brand new. It’s the same attitude: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Glenfarclas is one of the last distilleries in Scotland to use direct-fired stills, and all its whiskies are aged the traditional way in ex-oloroso casks in a dunnage warehouse.

This immunity from the whims of fashion has a lot to do with being in the hands of one family, the Grants, since 1865. The current chairman, John Grant, is the fifth-generation family member in charge. This continuity extends to stocks as well. The family are able to offer very old whiskies as well as vintage-dated expressions dating back to the 1950s.

These whiskies are some of the most highly-regarded in Scotland. Along with Macallan, Glenfarclas is the apotheosis of the sherried Speyside style. And despite all that tradition, the family isn’t immune to a spot of innovation. In the 1960s it was one of the first distilleries to shift business away from supplying blends to bottling its own single malts.

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#WhiskySanta’s Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Super Wish!

#WhiskySanta’s really pushed the boat out for his final Super Wish of 2018. Fancy a whisky distilled waaaayy back in 1956? What about one described as ‘age- and logic-defying’? This…

#WhiskySanta’s really pushed the boat out for his final Super Wish of 2018. Fancy a whisky distilled waaaayy back in 1956? What about one described as ‘age- and logic-defying’? This week’s mega super-duper Super Wish is… Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release!

Ho, ho, ho, my marvellous, merry chums! I’m in exceptionally fine spirits this glorious Monday. Not only did my elves cook me a terrifically tasty early Christmas dinner yesterday (I need to get my strength up in the last week before the Big Day! I’m still working my way through my mega Santa sack of gifts worth £250,000! Keep wishing on social and buying those boozes. You never know what I might slip in with your order… I might even pick up the entire tab!), but I have a right treat in store for my final Super Wish of 2018.

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The most marvellous Christmas gifts

Make this the most holly, jolly Christmas ever with this sensationally seasonal selection of spirits! Christmas is perhaps the best time of year to enjoy a well-earned tipple. It’s the…

Make this the most holly, jolly Christmas ever with this sensationally seasonal selection of spirits!

Christmas is perhaps the best time of year to enjoy a well-earned tipple. It’s the perfect way to wash down all the fabulous festive food you’ll stuff yourself silly with and helps you to relax, wind down and take your mind off the ongoing game of charades/horde of children running amok/rubbish Christmas TV schedule. It makes an ideal gift too. Maybe you know a special someone who deserves to be spoiled this year with a great bottle of booze?

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find all manner of boozy delights to suit all tastes here, each appropriately seasonal and utterly delicious!

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Brilliant boozes for Bonfire Night!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November fondly this year with these cracking tipples… Bonfire Night, or as those who own cats and dogs presumably call it, National Scare the Crap…

Remember, remember the Fifth of November fondly this year with these cracking tipples…

Bonfire Night, or as those who own cats and dogs presumably call it, National Scare the Crap out of My Pet(s) Day, has come around again. This is great news because Bonfire Night is brilliant. Countless fireworks lighting up the sky. Heaps of amazing autumnal food. Plus there are the actual bonfires, carrying that fantastic scent and welcome heat through the crisp night air.

For some people, it’s all about the festival atmosphere at parties and displays. For others, it’s all about wrapping up warm and snug at home, enjoying the spectacle from afar. Ultimately, we’re all going to take advantage of another perfectly good excuse to indulge in some spectacular seasonal spirits. Right?

For those nodding enthusiastically in agreement, we’ve decided to round up some of the best Bonfire Night boozes and fireside beverages, each with an appropriately smouldering serve. Enjoy!

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Our Selections for Sherried September Treats

If you’ve been thinking about breaking out the sherried whisky from its summer slumber, you’re in good company. We’ve got a whole bunch of ace sherried whiskies to enjoy during…

If you’ve been thinking about breaking out the sherried whisky from its summer slumber, you’re in good company. We’ve got a whole bunch of ace sherried whiskies to enjoy during the chillier months…

As the fiercely mild September weather continues to cause a polite ruckus outside the window, we’re diving into autumn head-first. Everyone is wearing about five sweatshirts. We’ve spruced up the halls of MoM Towers with decorative gourds. Nobody is daring to go outside to forage lunch items for fear of frostbite and the bite of frostcrocodiles. It’s all very thrilling. However, none of this compares to the excitement of unearthing our favourite sherried whiskies from the cupboards where they sheltered from the harsh rays of the sun.

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It’s Glenfarclas 105 Day!

Sunday 15 April is the 105th day of the year – aka Glenfarclas 105 Day! To celebrate with our friends at the distillery, we’re taking 10.5% off Glenfarclas 105 Cask…

  • Sunday 15 April is the 105th day of the year – aka Glenfarclas 105 Day!
  • To celebrate with our friends at the distillery, we’re taking 10.5% off Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength just for today (geddit?!)
  • That’s £5.14 off a bottle of the superb cask-strength whisky you lot describe as ‘absolutely beautiful’, ‘well-crafted’ and ‘boss stuff’!
  • It’s that magic time of year again, pals! The 105th day of the year is upon us (we know, how is that possible?!), and the perfect way to mark the occasion is to pick up a bottle of Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength.

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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…

    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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    #WhiskySanta’s Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976 Super Wish!

    We’re into December and #WhiskySanta has chosen something pretty incredible to give away as a Super Wish – a bottle of Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976! Did you have a…

    We’re into December and #WhiskySanta has chosen something pretty incredible to give away as a Super Wish – a bottle of Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976!

    Did you have a fun-filled first weekend of December? I certainly did, because I spent it poking around the shelves at MoM Towers, searching for something thoroughly wonderful to give away as a Super Wish this week! I searched high, I searched low, I definitely didn’t leave mince pie crumbs from my lunch near the rum, and I found the perfect bottle for the Super Wish. When I laid eyes upon this bottle, I knew that everyone would love to find it under their Christmas tree – it’s a bottle of Glenfarclas 40 Year Old 1976, worth £1,150!

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    Whisky Advent 2017 Day #1: Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

    Welcome to #WhiskyAdvent 2017! Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is back for 24 days of terrific tipples and Christmas cheer! You know how I know it’s Christmas? It’s…

    Welcome to #WhiskyAdvent 2017! Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is back for 24 days of terrific tipples and Christmas cheer!

    You know how I know it’s Christmas?

    It’s not because there’s festive greatest hits ‘gracing’ every conceivable sound-system.

    It’s not because there’s an impractically large Christmas tree dominating every town centre.

    And it’s certainly not because of any Coca Cola or John Lewis advert.

    No, I know Christmas is truly here because it’s Day #1 of #WhiskyAdvent 2017, and that and that alone means it’s Christmas.

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    The world’s best boozy Advent calendars are ready to rock and roll!

    Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today! Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of…

    Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today!

    Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of their bumper range of booze-filled Advent calendars earlier this month. The stash has arrived at MoM Towers, and the heavenly haul is shipping now!

    From whisky and gin to rum, Tequila, Cognac, and many, many more, each fabulously festive box is filled to the brim with 24 different wax-sealed drams, one tucked behind each window. There’s literally no tastier way to count down to Christmas!

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