Glenfarclas 25 Year Old
Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

Day 1 of the Whisky Advent Calendar is this fabulous Glenfarclas 25 year old, a dram I haven't had before.

Glenfiddich The Original
Glenfiddich The Original

Inspired by the original 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt the expression which brought single malt to the world this has been recreated by Brian Kinsman using the extensive archives available at the Glenfiddich distillery.

Henneys Vintage Herefordshire Still Cider 2014
Henneys Vintage Herefordshire Still Cider 2014

Another new cider producer for next this is Henneys and their Vintage Herefordshire Still Cider 2014.

Professor Cornelius Ampleforths Cherry Brandy
Professor Cornelius Ampleforths Cherry Brandy

Whisky is definitely the thing I'm most interested in, no matter what form it takes, but I know I also need to broaden my horizons and try other beverages also thus this review.

Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof
Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof

I asked a lot of other whisky bloggers and twitterati a while back about rye drinks and was told that Rittenhouse was the one to look out for. I tend to prefer sweet to savoury so rye isn't always the thing for me to go for.

Thatchers Single Variety Katy Cider
Thatchers Single Variety Katy Cider

This single variety Somerset cider from Thatchers was recommended to me by my good friend Steve (@steveprentice) from Somerset Whisky Blog.

Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Cask 229
Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Cask 229

Another fabulous dram from the Bruichladdich Micro Provenance tasting, this cask 229 is from 2003 and was matured in a sherry cask.

Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Cask 543
Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Cask 543

Another from the Bruichladdich Micro Provenance tasting this cask 543 is from 2003 and matured entirely in a port cask.

Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Cask 013
Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Cask 013

Yet another Bruichladdich Micro Provenance tasting and starting with this cask 013.

Essence of Cuba Coffee (The Bitter Truth)
Essence of Cuba Coffee (The Bitter Truth)

The final Essence was Coffee and this added a real Mocha nose and taste to the rum, with Butlers Irish Chocolates Latte Truffles coming through strongly. If you love coffee you will love this, and it makes a great addition to coffee for Cafe Cuban or alternative Irish Coffee.

Essence of Cuba Island Fruit (The Bitter Truth)
Essence of Cuba Island Fruit (The Bitter Truth)

With this Island Fruit Essence theres real notes of pineapple and coconut added to the rum as it also enhances the raisin, chocolate and tobacco leaf in here, very nice and i think this would make a great addition to a Daiquiri.

Essence of Cuba Aromatic Leaf (The Bitter Truth)
Essence of Cuba Aromatic Leaf (The Bitter Truth)

This Aromatic Leaf Essence was my favourite of the evening it really did change the whole experience of the Rum for me, adding a really exciting note and taste of Sodastream cola syrup to it, very tasty indeed.

Essence of Cuba Honey (The Bitter Truth)
Essence of Cuba Honey (The Bitter Truth)

The Honey essence was the first, it was sweet and tasty and i felt it added ore of a caramel note to the nose of the Rum, although it did also remind me a little of Jack Daniels Honey.

Havana Club Anejo 7 Year Old
Havana Club Anejo 7 Year Old

I was recently offered the opportunity to participate in a Tweet Tasting with Havana Club Rum and being that I'm doing my best to try to increase my own drinks knowledge and the breadth of drinks reviews on this site i jumped at the chance.

Jeffersons Groth Reserve Cask Finish
Jeffersons Groth Reserve Cask Finish

Tasted as part of a Jeffersons Tweet Tasting hosted by Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) from The Whisky Wire, this Jefferson’s Groth Reserve Cask Finish was really quite interesting.

Jeffersons The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail
Jeffersons The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail

Tasted as part of a Jeffersons Tweet Tasting hosted by Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) from The Whisky Wire, this Jeffersons The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail was the second dram of the evening and the first time i've spent trying barrel aged manhattans.

Jeffersons Very Small Batch Bourbon
Jeffersons Very Small Batch Bourbon

Tasted as part of a Jeffersons Tweet Tasting hosted by Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) from The Whisky Wire, this Jeffersons Very Small Batch Bourbon was the first dram of the evening.

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon
Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon

Yup another dram that isn't Scotch Whisky, this time another bourbon, it's always good to see what else is out there and I drink enough whisky to be happy sitting sipping on these also for a change.

Bruichladdich Valinch 15 (Douglas Clyne)
Bruichladdich Valinch 15 (Douglas Clyne)

At the Bruichladdich distillery they always have a cask from which you can bottle your own dram, each cask,chosen by a member of staff, this one having been chosen by Douglas Clyne.

Kopparberg Spiced Apple Cider
Kopparberg Spiced Apple Cider

Continuing my series of cider reviews with this Kopparberg Spiced Apple Cider.