CELEBRATE the run-up to Christmas in major style this year with our edit of the best whisky advent calendars.
Nothing gets us more excited for the festive season than a themed advent calendar – especially one that features our favourite things.
A whisky advent calendar will appeal to anyone who enjoys a tipple – whether you're a whisky novice or an expert who's keen to try new brands and flavours.
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There's a whisky advent calendar to cater to every tastebud, whether you prefer an American bourbon or you're more of a Japanese whisky fan.
Whisky advent calendars are an ideal Christmas gift for the 'impossible to buy for' person on your list.
Most showcase whisky from distilleries around the world, with either 12 or 24 different miniature bottles to sample.
Just note: whisky advent calendars should only be reserved for those on the 'nice' list – they tend to cost over £100, with some setting you back £200 or more.
That said, some of the whisky included in the calendars can fetch upwards of £600 a bottle, so you know you're still getting a deal.
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1. The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar
- (AD) The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 2021, £159.95 from Amazon – buy here
Glenfiddich, Talisker, The Balvenie and many more are packed into this gorgeous advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram and it's sure to delight even the fussiest whisky fan.
The 24 3cl bottles are made of glass and wax-sealed.
2. Jack Daniel's Advent Calendar
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Made by one of the world's most famous whisky distilleries, this is the safest bet when it comes to 2021's best whisky advent calendars.
Included in the calendar are some of Jack Daniel's best-loved whisky blends including Old No.7, Tennessee Honey and Gentleman Jack.
You also get a spirit measure, shot glass and metal keyring for your money, making it one of the best value in our edit.
3. That Boutique-y Whisky Company
- That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar 2021, £124.95 from Drinks By The Dram – buy here
This lovely advent calendar contains a selection of blended and single cask malts from around the globe hiding behind each of its 24 doors.
Including whisky from six different countries and 24 distilleries, there's a selection of young and old, famous names and independent labels hidden inside.
A list of 2021's best whisky advent calendars just wouldn't be complete without it.
4. Flaviar Whiskies of the World Advent Calendar
- Flaviar Whiskies of the World Advent Calendar, £159 from Flavier – buy here
Flaviar invite you to 'explore the whiskyverse' with its Whiskies of the World Advent Calendar, carefully curated every Christmas.
We love the calendar's out-there packaging and the brand promises to delight even the most experienced whisky palettes with its selection of 24 premium vials of delectable whisky.
The calendar also includes a tasting glass, concrete coaster and booklet that goes into detail about each whisky.
5. The Really Good Whisky Company Selection Box
- The Really Good Whisky Company Whisky Selection Box, £149.50 at The Really Good Whisky Company – buy here
With 25 exciting 30ml drams to energise your taste buds, this whisky advent calendar contains cask strength, single malts, peaty whiskies and more.
New for 2021, there's also a premium version at the higher price of £249.99.
Not only are there tasting notes for each dram, but you can join online tasting sessions for an immersive whisky drinking experience throughout December.
6. Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar
- Drinks by the Dram Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar 2021 Edition, £199.95 from Master of Malt – buy here
Japanese whiskies are quickly becoming a favourite national tipple, and this glorious advent calendar is the perfect introduction to Japan's top producers.
You'll find 24 30ml, wax-sealed drams of whisky in a range of styles – single malts, single grains, blends – to entice any whisky enthusiasts you know.
7. The Spirit Co. All American Whiskey and Bourbon Advent Calendar
- The Spirit Co. All American Whiskey and Bourbon Advent Calendar, £149.95 from The Spirit Co. – buy here
Calling all American whisky lovers: this glorious advent calendar comes with 24 petite 30ml bottles from across the pond and includes bourbon, rye and Virgina whisky from renowned brewers in the US.
Take a tantalising journey of taste across America for the best run-up to Christmas ever.
8. 12 Drams of Christmas Premium Whisky Selection Box
- 12 Drams of Christmas Premium Whisky Selection Box, £89.99 from The Whisky Shop – buy here
Connoisseurs of Scotch whisky, this beautiful selection box is the one for you.
It includes 12 different Scotch whiskies and you can expect the likes of Loch Lomond 18 Year Old, BenRiach Temporis 21 Year Old and Highland Park 18 Year Old all to appear.
While it's not strictly an advent calendar, you can either wait for 12 days before Christmas to start sampling or begin on the big day itself and bring in the new year in style with a new whisky to try every day.
9. World Whisky Advent Calendar
- World Whisky Advent Calendar 2021, £149.95 from Master of Malt – buy here
Another international whisky advent calendar, this treat is worth getting out of bed for throughout December.
A hand-picked selection of 24 wax-sealed bottles await from around the world to help broaden your whisky horizons.
How much is a whisky advent calendar?
Whisky calendars often pack in a lot of alcohol into a small package and this is reflected in the price. Most whisky advent calendars retail between £100 and £200, although many premium calendars that include very expensive whiskies far exceed this.
The best value whisky calendar we found was the 12 Drams of Christmas Premium Selection Box.
Where to buy a whisky advent calendar?
One of the biggest leaders of alcoholic advent calendars in the market is from sampling company Drinks By The Dram, which has a vast selection of calendars that dominate the whisky scene.
Many supermarkets, including the big four – Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons – have also got in on the advent calendar action in recent years, so it's worth keeping an eye on their shelves over the festive period.
What to look for in a whisky advent calendar?
Firstly, check the price to make sure it fits within your budget as alcoholic advent calendars command a high price.
Next, consider the list of whiskies on offer – do you enjoy sampling a new type of whisky from around the globe, if so a calendar like this one from Flaviar is ideal, or are you more partial to one type of whisky? If so, something like the Jack Daniels Holiday Calendar is just the ticket.
Check how big the samples are and how they come – many are in glass bottles and wax sealed. Some premium advent calendars also come with extras like branded glasses, coasters or spirit measures.
Lastly, check if a whisky guide comes with your calendar that explains each sample in detail, or even better, some companies offer videos and tasting sessions so you can enjoy the social side of enjoying a festive tipple.
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