It looks like my December month will suddenly be all about booze, thanks to the folks of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, who were kind enough to send me this advent calendar. 🙂

These calendars are always a big hit and I see them ridiculously often appearing on Instagram at this time of the year. They are available in many variations and this one is, as mentioned before, from That Boutique-y Whisky Company which includes 24 different samples. I have already secretly viewed the samples (too curious…) and in my opinion, this calendar has a nice variation of whisk(e)y, as it contains both single malt and blended whisky and a mix of different ages has also been taken into account. So there is something for everyone!

Unfortunately, I don’t have the opportunity to try a sample every day in December, because I will be on vacation then. But I already have a small sneak peek for you since I have added 2 tasting notes below from 2 randomly picked samples.

This That Boutique-y Whisky Company calendar is available at Master of Malt for £149,95.

The first one is a 13-year-old Irish single malt bottled at 48.4% ABV.

Irish Single Malt batch 2 tasting notes:

Nose: Quite light and fruity. Pears, apples, a hint of bananas and fresh lemons in the background. Followed by some vanilla and icing sugar. There’s a grassy note too.

Taste: Less fruity than the nose suggests. They are still here, but more towards the background. Creamy texture and it’s somewhat malty. Vanilla. A pinch of salt. Grapefruit. Followed by some spices, like white pepper and ginger.

Finish: short to mid-long, with grassy notes and spices.

It’s quite light and a bit inoffensive. But it’s certainly not bad. The nose is better than the taste though. A nice dram to start your evening with.

Score: 83

So next up is a 23-year-old Ben Nevis. Woooo, what about that! This is batch 10 and is bottled at 48% ABV.

Ben Nevis batch 10 tasting notes:

Nose: Caramel and a hint of cappuccino. Lemons are appearing now. Oranges and ripe apples. Then it goes towards creme brulee.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit and quite creamy. This is very lovely. Butterscotch, but also latte macchiato. Milk chocolate. Followed by more tropical fruits, such as passion fruit and fresh pineapple. A tiny hint of oak spices.

Finish: Mid-long with anise and a hint of Baileys. Sweet grapefruit too.

Oh, this is really really nice. It’s different from what I’m used to of Ben Nevis but still has those typical Ben Nevis flavours in it. Lovely creamy texture too. I love it!

Score: 88