Monday 18 December 2017

Review: Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 2017 by Drinks by the Dram

As they were last yearDrinks by the Dram / Master of Malt were again kind enough to send us one of their Whisky Advent Calendars for 2017 - the "Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar" this year.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, it's basically an advent calendar with the chocolate taken away, and in its place, 30mL samples of whisky! There are more version than you can count over at Master of Malt (Bourbon, Japanese, or some of the rarest Whisky you can possibly imagine? Sorted. Rum, Irish Whiskey or single cask whisky? Covered. Heck, even if your tastes tend towards Mezcal, Armangac or Absinthe, they've got you covered.).

The full list of the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar can be found below (spoiler alert), but suffice to say it has some pretty varied and wonderful drams, including one at 50 years old! Not bad for the "standard" calendar, at £124.96 (ex-VAT).

  • Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
  • Auchentoshan Three Wood
  • Smokehead
  • Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Glenfarclas 21 Year Old
  • Monkey Shoulder
  • Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish
  • Copper Dog
  • The Half-Century Blend
  • Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
  • Riverflow
  • Kilchoman Single Cask 524/2011
  • Inchmoan 12 Year Old
  • Big Peat - Drinks by the Dram
  • Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
  • Angels' Nectar Blended Malt - Rich Peat Edition
  • Wolfburn Aurora Single Malt
  • Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
  • Port Askaig 8 Year Old
  • Glengoyne 15 Year Old
  • The Lost Distilleries Blend
  • Tamdhu 10 Year Old
  • The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
  • Peat's Beast 

I've always been a big fan of whisky samples (either professional samples like this, or samples shared amongst whisky mates), and to get 24 of them, over 24 days in such a fun way is something every whisky lover should consider.

As we slowly work our way through the calendar, we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas / Holiday Period, and a very Happy New Year!

Thanks again to Drinks by the Dram / Master of Malt for the generous gift of this "Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar".