Thursday 1 December 2016

Review: Whisky Advent Calendar 2016 by Drinks by the Dram

Back in September we wrote about Master of Malt's 2016 Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendars - still one of the more popular articles of the past few months by the looks of things!

Fast forward a few months, and Master of Malt were kind enough to send us a calendar to review - their "Whisky Advent Calendar".

There are 25 different calendars (covering everything from rum to Japanese whisky to insanely rare whiskies), but the one we received (selling for £124.96 ex-VAT) includes the following drams:
  • Glenfarclas 21 Year Old
  • The Lost Distilleries Blend
  • The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask or The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
  • Kavalan Concertmaster - Port Cask Finish
  • Lagavulin 16 Year Old
  • Rock Oyster (Douglas Laing)
  • Wolfburn Single Malt
  • Oban Little Bay
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay
  • Fettercairn Fasque
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera
  • Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
  • English Whisky Co. 5 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
  • Highland Park 12 Year Old
  • Mackmyra Svensk Ek
  • The Half-Century Blend (50yo)
  • Evan Williams Extra Aged
  • Teeling Single Malt
  • Invergordon 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
  • Old Perth Sherry Cask
  • Tomatin 14 Year Old Port Wood Finish
  • Dalmore 12 Year Old
  • Glengoyne 12 Year Old

A solid line-up of Scottish stalwarts (Macallan 12, Glenfarclas 21, Lagavulin 16 etc..) and some great world whiskies too (Mackmyra Svensk Ek, Teeling Single Malt, Kavalan Concertmaster etc..), but what really impressed us was the inclusion of a 50 year old blend - the Half-Century Blend which retails for £499 ex-VAT!

Being somewhat impatient, we may just have the tasting notes for this one up early in December, rather than waiting until the 24th...until then, we're going to work our way through the calendar day by day, starting with a Balvenie 12 DoubleWood. Cheers!

A big thanks to Master of Malt for sending this calendar to review.


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