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Whisky Advent Day 14: Isle Of Jura Superstition

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…

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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Whisky Advent Day 13: The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

Away from Islay peat and back into the warm embrace of some truly top notch Sherry now, as we open window 13 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar……

Whisky Advent Calendar

Away from Islay peat and back into the warm embrace of some truly top notch Sherry now, as we open window 13 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar

A change of theme, perhaps, but another 12 year old expression today, this time from Glendronach! Interesting, up until 2005 (with this whisky having been distilled before that date) Glendronach were operating direct-fired stills, a tradition some distilleries in Scotland have maintained to this day (Glenfarclas, for example). Glendronach, however, were still using coal and were in fact the final distillery in Scotland to do so. The uneven heating provided by direct-firing creates hotspots in the stills and is thought to lead to different notes in the spirit produced and in the finished whisky, some of which you’ll be able to taste in today’s dram.

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Whisky Advent Day 12: Caol Ila 12 Year Old

We’re half way, can you believe it?! There’s still the same amount of delicious drams left after today as we’ve enjoyed from The Whisky Advent Calendar by Drinks by the Dram…

Whisky Advent Calendar

We’re half way, can you believe it?! There’s still the same amount of delicious drams left after today as we’ve enjoyed from The Whisky Advent Calendar by Drinks by the Dram so far! (We’ve decided to adopt some festive calendar-half-full thinking – there are still plenty more treats to look forward to!) It also means that Christmas is drawing ever nearer so time’s running out to sort out all those pressies, made easier we hope by our Free Shipping offers and the like. On to the window at hand though, appropriately revealing a 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky for Day 12.

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Whisky Advent Day 8: The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

Week two of #WhiskyAdvent and we’re starting in much the same vein as the first, with a truly fantastic Sherry matured Speysider and a perfect winter dram, from another distillery…

Whisky Advent Calendar

Week two of #WhiskyAdvent and we’re starting in much the same vein as the first, with a truly fantastic Sherry matured Speysider and a perfect winter dram, from another distillery that’s rightly gained a reputation for producing some of the best Sherry matured whiskies available today. Behind the eighth window of The Whisky Advent Calendar by Drinks by the Dram is Balvenie’s fantastic Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old.

Although ‘Single Barrel’, this 15 year old is a continuous release, with each bottle drawn from a single cask. This means that no more than 650 bottles of this whisky actually come from the exact same cask (whilst no two casks are identical, legendary Malt Master David Stewart selects those with the desired character). The potential outturn from each cask also points to something else – The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask isn’t really matured in a ‘barrel’ at all, but rather a big first fill European oak ex-Oloroso Sherry butt!

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Whisky Advent Day 7: Glen Scotia Double Cask

The final dram of the first week of #WhiskyAdvent… Time to open up window seven of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar and see what it is! Why, it’s…

Whisky Advent Calendar

The final dram of the first week of #WhiskyAdvent… Time to open up window seven of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar and see what it is!

Why, it’s a Campbeltown malt whisky from Glen Scotia, whose single malt whiskies have received all-new, all-new packaging this year and whose range has also seen a complete overhaul. Out have gone the 10, 12, 16, 18 and 21 year olds (most of which were relatively new themselves) and in come Double Cask, a 15 Year Old and Victoriana. It’s not just the bottlings that have been revamped either, the last year or two have seen upgrades to the stills, three new washbacks, a new spirit safe and the building of a visitor centre at the distillery!

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Whisky Advent Day 6: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release

As we approach the end of the first week of Drinks by the Dram’s #WhiskyAdvent, it feels like it may be time for a peated single malt Scotch whisky. Something…

Whisky Advent Calendar

As we approach the end of the first week of Drinks by the Dram’s #WhiskyAdvent, it feels like it may be time for a peated single malt Scotch whisky. Something from Islay, perhaps? Right on cue, behind window six of The Whisky Advent Calendar we find a delicious Kilchoman!

This 2014 release is a vatting of 5 and 6 year old whisky matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, the last of the ‘work in progress’ Machir Bay releases, as it were, which have been a fantastic insight as to how the spirit from Islay’s youngest distillery has been developing. (Hint: it’s been going pretty well!) Machir Bay has now become both a continuous release and their core expression, with this December marking the 10th anniversary of spirit first running from the stills.

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We’re Indie Islands Bottler & Grain Bottler of the Year!

After being named Highland Independent Bottler of the Year in 2014 at Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge, we’re extremely proud to announce that for 2015 Master of Malt have picked…

Independent-Bottlers-Challenge

After being named Highland Independent Bottler of the Year in 2014 at Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge, we’re extremely proud to announce that for 2015 Master of Malt have picked up two overall category wins, being named:

Islands Independent Bottler of the Year 2015
&
Grain Independent Bottler of the Year 2015

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Whisky Advent Day 2: Yoichi/Miyagikyo Single Malts

It’s Day 2 of Drinks by the Dram’s #WhiskyAdvent and once again we get to open a window of the excellent Whisky Advent Calendar to see what delights lay within……

Yoichi Miyagikyo Whisky Advent

It’s Day 2 of Drinks by the Dram’s #WhiskyAdvent and once again we get to open a window of the excellent Whisky Advent Calendar to see what delights lay within…

Starting with Speyside single malt Scotch yesterday, the second dram takes us all the way to Japan with Nikka’s Yoichi Non Age! If you’re now staring at your dram and thinking to yourself “Hey, hold on, mine says Miyagikyo Non Age”, then I believe we can explain… You see, these advent calendars have been so unbelievably popular this year, with sales surpassing all forecasts, that there are a very small number of days where not everybody could have the exact same dram. Indeed, we’ve been careful to ensure that the contents/spoilers of all the respective calendars were always up to date on the product pages of our site to reflect where this may happen. What we have today then are two single malts from Nikka’s two malt whisky distilleries, set up by the great Masataka Taketsuru (whose own story has recently reached a new generation in his native Japan thanks to the popular television serial Massan).

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Whisky Advent Day 1: Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

Once upon a beginning, the folk of the world drew chalk lines on their doors to physically count down the first 24 days of December. Today that sounds more reminiscent…

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Whisky Advent

Once upon a beginning, the folk of the world drew chalk lines on their doors to physically count down the first 24 days of December. Today that sounds more reminiscent of a prisoner counting the days of their incarceration than a celebration of the festive season, but it would be many years before some bright spark decided that using candles would be rather less bleak. I mean, candles, they’re okay aren’t they?

It wasn’t until the early 20th century that calendars with windows first emerged. Ah, the possibilities! You could put literally anything behind them! What did the combined intellect of man decide upon? Well… pretty drawings. Again, quite nice, but there was more potential here. Enter the chocolate advent calendar. In a post-rationing world, this was a pretty big deal. They still delight children the world over, but cheap choccies are just one thing you can hide behind a window. Better than a drawing? Yes. Better than a slap in the face? Certainly. The best thing? Not even close…

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Whisky in Space (2015: A Space Oddity)

Space. The final front ear. Home of paranoid robots named HAL, space stations that ain’t no moons, cats and David Bowie. Recently whisky has also been crowbarred into this list…

2001 A Space Odyssey

Space. The final front ear. Home of paranoid robots named HAL, space stations that ain’t no moons, cats and David Bowie. Recently whisky has also been crowbarred into this list with alarming regularity. So much so, that I thought it was time to take another look at it all.

You see, having inexplicably found myself in Disneyland Paris for a few days back in August, during which time I naturally took up residence on Space Mountain, I now quite reasonably consider myself to be the office expert when it comes to all things space.

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