Father’s Day Tasting Sets!

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Pre-Order Drinks by the Dram’s new Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Sets now!

Drinks by the Dram have released two new whisky tasting sets especially for Father’s Day 2016: The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set and The Father’s Day Deluxe Whisky Tasting Set! Both of these fantastic gifts are now available for Pre-Order, despatching early next week.

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World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2016

Yesterday saw the World’s Best whiskies and spirits crowned at the World Drinks Awards, including the World Whiskies Awards.

Before we get into the results though, some good news! Drinks by the Dram have once again teamed up with the World Drinks Awards to create an easy way to taste a whole bunch of these award winners! Head over to our World Drinks Awards 2016 page to browse their selection of 8 different World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners Tasting Sets.

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Whisky Advent Day 20: Jura Elixir 12 Year Old

Whisky Advent Calendar

After all the excitement of yesterday, you may be in need of a pick-me-up. Some kind of elixir, perhaps? Well, Jura believe they have just the thing with their second contribution to The Whisky Advent Calendar, this time carrying an age statement (the youngest whisky used is at least 12 year old).

Elixir seems an appropriate name for a scotch single malt whisky, a word that comes from ‘uisge beatha’ or ‘water of life’. There’s even a gravestone on Jura that suggest that one local man lived to see 180 Christmases! Local folklore credits the island’s water, which was blessed by St. Columba nearly 1,500 years ago, for helping the inhabitants live long and healthy lives. Then again, perhaps it was just a ‘typo’… (Engrave-o? Monumental masonro?)

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Whisky Advent Day 14: Isle Of Jura Superstition

Whisky Advent Calendar

Are you a superstitious sort of person? Would it concern you if you received a 13 year old whisky made with 13% heavily peated malt on day… 14? It seems Drinks by the Dram didn’t want to push their luck – who knows what would have happened if they’d placed this dram a day earlier in their Whisky Advent Calendar?! (Well, Whisky Santa and the Flying Spaghetti Monster probably know, but that was essentially a rhetorical question.)

Yes, it’s Jura Superstition today, a single malt made up of whiskies aged between 13 and 21 years from the small and “extremely unget-at-able” Isle of Jura. It’s an island that’s populated by many more red deer than humans (Jura or ‘Diùra’ literally meaning ‘deer island’), outnumbering the human population 30:1! Perhaps that’s why they are indeed a superstitious lot, the Duirach, only cutting peat before May and always building their haystacks in a clockwise direction – heaven forbid if the deer turned on them! For added good luck an Ankh cross features on the Superstition label. If you fancy getting hold of one yourself after tasting your dram, it’s recommended that you hold the bottle with the Ankh in the palm of your hand so some off the good fortune comes your way too.

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The Return of Ask #WhiskySanta… He’ll grant one wish per day!

Whisky Santa

[Update: He’s now giving gifts away at the checkout too!]

Guess who is back… Back once again… #WhiskySanta is back! Tell all your friends and loved ones. Ho ho ho! A bit of the M&M-style wrap for you there. I like to stay current.

That’s right, your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being is back from his holibobs. I may have only had ten months off after last year’s festivities (during which I even received a shiny ISC award) but a tinsel-covered alarm clock has gone off somewhere and I’m feeling extremely generous once again! Time to make some lists and check them twice – lists of people using #WhiskySanta, that is – before granting one wish per day for you lucky people for a second year running!

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Fèis Ìle – The Islay Whisky Festival 2015

Feis Ile Islay That Boutique-y Whisky Company

As some of you may already know, we’re sadly not going to be at Fèis Ìle this year. I know, I know. We had a good run though – attending the last four years in a row as Master of Malt, keeping you all (hopefully) entertained whether you’d made it along or not, running some great promotions and even kitting many of you out with some top notch drams, t-shirts and snazzy tote bags. And it was our absolute pleasure to do so.

There’ll be no Malt Mobile to look out for this year though (much to the delight of Bowmore’s bollards), no gratuitous shots of limited edition whiskies next to hot tubs or Port Ellen tastings and no week long series of our ramblings from the event. But if you are indeed going, especially if it’s your first time, allow us to present our little guide to this year’s festival…

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Whisky Santa’s Whisky Advent Day 22: Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt The Journey

Antarctica? Pah. They have land beneath their ice and snow, that’s cheating. And all those penguins that a certain retailer seems to think have something to do with Christmas!? No, no, no. The Arctic, that’s the place for me. Polar bears, reindeer, narwhals and Father Pugmas. North side massive.

In fact, it wasn’t until Ranulph Fiennes popped by for tea a few years back that I gave much thought to the likes of Ernest Shackleton, who always seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with the wrong pole for my liking. Chose a great whisky for his men back in 1907 though did ol’ Ernest, so I was delighted when Richard Paterson recreated it (twice) over one hundred years later! The Journey blended malt contains rare Glen Mhor (1980) and heavily-peated Dalmore(!) as well as whiskies from Glenfarclas, Mannochmore, Tamnavulin, Ben Nevis, Aultmore, Fettercairn, Pulteney and Jura.

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Whisky Santa’s Whisky Advent Day 4: Jura 16 Year Old

Isle of Jura 16 Year Old Diurachs' Own

It’s Day 4, and what do we have here? A single malt Scotch whisky? Yes, from the “extremely unget-at-able” Isle of Jura, as I once heard young George Orwell describe it.

It’s considerably easier to ‘get-at’ if you have flying reindeer of course, and I do rather enjoy travelling to the island on business every Christmas Eve. Less ice than at home, but many more deer! Mrs Claus and I are only outnumbered 9:2 (used to be 4:1 before we adopted that ruddy schnozzled fellow) by our four-legged antlered friends, whilst the Diurach of Jura are outnumbered 30:1 by the island’s red deer!

Hence why Jura or ‘Diùra’ literally means ‘deer island’. This dram, meanwhile, spent 14 years in American white oak casks and two years in ex-Amoroso Oloroso Sherry casks, and is said to be the whisky of choice for the Diurach themselves…

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Feis Ile 2014, Tales From The Isle – Kilchoman & Jura Day

Tales From The Isle Kilchoman Feis Ile

Greetings traveller,

In this special issue of Tales From The Isle – available with a choice of two covers – we visit both Kilchoman and Jura distilleries! Which cover will you choose? The Kill-choman option, which can be found to the right here (click on it to enlarge… if you dare…) features an ordinary farm scene (from films). After all, all sorts of exciting, terrifying, and actually quite horrendous and messed up stuff always happens on farms (in films). That’s why I never stay overnight at a farm unless I’ve personally witnessed the one, single chainsaw that can always be found on a farm (in films) being grafted onto Bruce Campbell‘s arm well before bedtime.

The Jura cover, meanwhile… Well that comes from a chilling personal experience…

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Feis Ile 2012, Day 6

Thursday was Jura Day. It started far too early for any of our liking, and lack of sleep is beginning to play heavily on people’s sanity; that and the midges.

We left in a hurry to catch the ferry at 8.30am, at the other side of the Island. You know, over there.

It is not a long journey. In fact we reached Jura in about 4 and-a-half minutes, the malt mobile rolling off the boat and onto the rugged shore.Force of habit made us reach for the sat nav, to aid us in our navigation of the Island’s one, single track road. We were going the right way.

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