There are advent calendars and then there are advent calendars.
Drinks by the Dram recently released its 2018 lineup of advent calendars for booze enthusiasts. There are gin, tequila, rum, and whisky options…and then there’s the “Very Old and Rare” option.
Priced at £9,999.95 (around $13k) the box contains “24 of the most spectacular whiskies ever created” and it should with a price tag like that. Bottles include sips of expressions that go for over £19,000 a bottle as well as 60-year-old scotch whisky, and some super rare Japanese selections.
Each dram comes in a handmade 30ml wax-sealed bottle, all enclosed in a wooden box handmade by cabinet-maker Simon Jewell. For your wooden box, you can select between a Walnut-finished box or a Macassar ebony finish.
The box can be purchased from Master of Malt or Muazo, both of which ship internationally.
If you plan on buying one, now’s a good time to stop reading to avoid ruining the surprise of what’s inside. Here’s a spoiler list of what’s included for all the rest of us who want to dream about owning that collection. Feel free to message me if anyone wants to send me one:
•Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 – 17th Release (Special Release 2017)
•Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old
•Glenfarclas 1958 (cask 2061) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
•The Macallan 42 Year Old 1969 (cask 6860) – The Rarest of the Rare Collection (Duncan Taylor)
•Probably Speyside’s Finest Distillery 50 Year Old 1967 (cask 12418) – Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
•Dalmore Constellation 30 Year Old 1981 (cask 4)
•Glenglassaugh 41 Year Old 1975 (cask 1227-1) – Rare Cask Release Batch 3
•The Balvenie 40 Year Old
•Glenfiddich 40 Year Old – Rare Collection (Release Number 15)
•Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) – Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
•Karuizawa Karuizawa Five Decades
•Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old
•Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) – Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
•Karuizawa 1980 Golden Samurai
•Port Askaig 45 Year Old
•Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) – Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
•Glenrothes 1968 (bottled 2018) (cask 13504) – The Last Drop
•John Walker & Sons Private Collection – 2015 Edition
•The Half-Century Blend
•The Lost Distilleries Blend
•Macallan 30 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
•Yamazaki Age Unknown
•Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 (cask 7293) – The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One
•Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)