Advent is a special time for many. For some of us, it is a time of preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. For others, it is just a mad three week rush leading up to the 25th December; including shopping, parties and “valid” excuses to eat and drink too much. The term advent is taken from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” and no matter whether you believe something special is coming or not, you have to admit that Christmas is an exciting time of year. For as long as I can remember, December has brought a sense of excitement to these cold winter months. I love fires, scented candles, singing carols at the top of my voice in church, celebrating with my family and opening my advent calendar each day. This year however, I won’t be opening my calendar in the morning.
Even though you know what will be behind the door each day, the excitement was always there as a child. Then came the joys of chocolate advent calendars. “What do you mean I can’t eat it for breakfast?!” “If I eat five now, that won’t be a problem will it?” Both regular statements in my household. Now that I’m a *tad* more mature and married it means that I don’t get to open my advent calendar at all. That’s my wife’s job and I value my life too much to try stealing chocolate from her!
It was then (whilst grumpily surfing the web last year) that I discovered something even more wonderful than a Cadburys chocolate calendar: The Whisky Advent Calendar. An interesting idea. I know there has been a negative article circulating over the last few days, suggesting this idea is offensive. David Marshall from the Meaningful chocolate company said this type of advent calendar “…distracts from the meaning of Christmas”. Some would say that working for a chocolate company, he could be threatened by the new rivalry and I can tell you that chocolate has nothing to do with the “true meaning” of Christmas either! I do however understand how some people could find an idea of a whisky advent calendar far away from the meaning of advent, and somewhat excessive. However, with less than 3cl per day for this month only, before going back to once or twice a week, I don’t think that would be considered excessive. I am fascinated by the diversity and flavours I find in different whiskies and I look forward to taking notes and enjoying the tastes and aromas of these fantastic samples.
Long story short, I have already tried a large majority of the regular whisky advent calendar whiskies, and the premium selection was simply out of my price range. It was then that it occurred to me that I had a large stash of very special whisky samples kindly given to me by generous members of the whisky community, or #whiskyfabric if you will. What better time to try them than this?
I have chosen twenty-five of my most exciting, beguiling, rare and down right scrumptious samples from thirteen very munificent whisky friends. The large scale calendar has been constructed by my lovely wife, a massive thank you to her – and the samples have been randomised so I don’t know what to expect. I will aim to primarily taste and enjoy, but will be taking a few tasting notes so that I can review each one on here every day.
I would love for you to follow what I get to taste this coming month and whether you’re “coming” or going this advent, enjoy yourself and this wonderful month.