Whisky Advent Calendar

“The Dutch Whisky Brothers Edition” (First Chapter)

It’s that time of year 🎄🥃 and we think some of you might already started of with their Whisky Advent Calendar…

We, as Dutch Whisky Brothers, really searched for a great Advent Calendar which needed to be fun, interesting and affordable. But we couldn’t find one without looking at the sample list to actually know if this calendar would be something for us. But with peaking in those lists… we lost that magical moment of an Advent Calendar. 
Some calendars just aren’t our cup of thee and some others are just a bit to expensive (even we are on a budget 😬). So what to do! Well….. 

We came with a superb idea (at least in our opinion) to create our own Whisky Advent Calendar! 
So here’s an DIY:

  • Take some empty sample bottles (12/24/xx)
  • Number the sample bottles
  • Make a comparing list to the sample numbers
  • Fill the samples with your own drams! Open bottles, or freshly popped
  • Write down ever dram on your own list

Now comes the very creative part…. 

  • Make your own Advent Calendar! Be creative and make a surprise gift, or something else. 
  • (for the lazy people… you can buy empty Advent Calendars!)

When your Calendar is ready… do a swap! Make sure you don’t tell your whisky brother (or sister 😉) what samples were explored after some blind sample notes (ask for proof! 📝).

It’s really fun to do and it trains your senses and flavor frame of reference.

So what did we taste so far? We’ll lets find out in this first chapter:

On this side you’ll read about the samples I, Dramtastic.86, received from my brother Whiskypeater

@Dramtastic.86
@Whiskypeater

On this side you’ll read the opposite from the left side 😉

Sample 1

IJsvogel – 2016
  • Single Malt
  • Distilery: IJsvogel
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Age: 4yo
  • ABV: 46 %
  • WB: 164563

Waardering: 2 uit 5.
  • Singel Malt
  • Distillery: Arran
  • Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  • Vintage: 1999
  • Age: 19yo
  • ABV: 46 %
  • WB: 132524
Arran – 1999 GM

Waardering: 4.5 uit 5.

Sample 2

The Single Cask – Islay 2008
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Islay
  • Bottler: The Single Cask
  • Vintage: 2008
  • Age: 10yo
  • ABV: 58.2 %
  • WB: 130307

Waardering: 4.5 uit 5.
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Tomatin
  • Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Age: 8yo
  • ABV: 60 %
  • WB: 87037
Tomatin – 2007 GM

Waardering: 3.5 uit 5.

Sample 3

Murray McDavid – Air Leth
  • Blended Scotch
  • Distillery: Islay & Lowand
  • Bottler: Murray McDavid
  • Vintage: 1988
  • Age: 29yo
  • ABV: 50 %
  • WB: 117702

Waardering: 3.5 uit 5.
  • Rye
  • Distillery: New Riff
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Age: 4yo
  • ABV: 50 %
  • WB: 144722
New Riff – Rye

Waardering: 4 uit 5.

Sample 4

Laphroaig – an Cuan Mor
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Laphroaig
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: NAS
  • ABV: 48 %
  • WB: 44586

Waardering: 4.5 uit 5.
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Ardnamurchan
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: 2014 – 2015
  • Age: 5yo
  • ABV: 46.8 %
  • WB: 165871
Ardnamurchan – AD/09.20:01

Waardering: 4 uit 5.

Sample 5

Highland Park – Whisky Is The Limit
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Highland Park
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: 2006
  • Age: 12.5yo
  • ABV: 56.7 %
  • WB: 128812

Waardering: 3.5 uit 5.
  • Singel Malt
  • Distillery: Deanston
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: 1977 – 2006
  • Age: NAS
  • ABV: 46.3 %
  • WB: 104858
Deanston – Decennary

Waardering: 5 uit 5.

Sample 6

Cadenhead – Bunnahabhain
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Bunnahabhain
  • Bottler: Cadenhead
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Age: 9yo
  • ABV: 58.9 %
  • WB: 124867

Waardering: 4 uit 5.
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Macallan
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage:
  • Age: NAS
  • ABV: 48.6 %
  • WB: 159712
Macallan – Edition no.6

Waardering: 4 uit 5.

Comments

@Whiskypeater: My stunner was definitely that Deanston… what a dram 🤤! My runner up and a big surprise was the Arran. I’m normally not a big fan of Arran, but this is something else: a very tasty summer fruit dram. And maybe the biggest game changer was the New Riff. I’m no fan of Rye whisky’s (just like my brother @Dramtastic.86 isn’t), but this was really lovely. A wonderful nose and different then any other Rye whikey’s I’ve had so far. The Ardnamurchan is promising for the future, but price/quality a good dram.
Although I like the Macallan, it’s not overly complex, just a decent dram. I’m already looking forward to the next chapter!

@Dramtastic.86: I know my brother is kinda a peat lover, and mostly a frogman… so this wasn’t an easy journey with al those Islay whisky’s. But I really enjoyed it! Especially the Laphroaig an Cuan Mor was delicious. It’s not a normal “typical” dry ashtray Lappie 🐸, but it was savory and complex, tasty stuff! Also The Single Cask surprised me with their Islay Single Malt. The Highland Park was good, but when I found out the price point… my o my… about €200,- for a 12.5 year old 🙄. The one I didn’t like was the IJsvogel. It was to young and had chemical tasting notes in it. The balance was just off…
But hey… we’re just halfway this journey and I know my brother will have some special surprises for me coming up. I’m in!

Slàinte,

Dutch Whisky Brothers

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