Disclosure: this is a paid post but as always all words and thoughts are my own.
I don’t care how old I get, I will always have an advent calendar. What’s all this nonsense about having to stop with the fun stuff when you become a grown up? No thanks. Christmas is not just for kids, it’s for everyone. And I want an advent calendar.
In recent years the rest of the world seems to have cottoned onto the idea of adult advent calendars which I think is brilliant; if anything it’s a celebration that as a grown up you get to have something even better than what you had as a child – woohoo! If you’ve seen my Instagram stories you’ll have been following my premature advent calendar fun throughout November as I’ve been reviewing an advent calendar from Drinks By The Dram.
I chose to collaborate with Drinks By The Dram because of my aforementioned love of advent calendars and the fact that I’ve never experienced and alcoholic one before… and very much wanted to.
The calendar comes in the form of a sturdy cardboard box with a simple Christmas print which I suppose plays it safe for those adults who aren’t completely comfortable with the advent calendar. I on the other hand would have loved to see a bit more shine and sparkle on the front!
But as we all know from that familiar saying, we mustn’t judge a book by it’s cover and just like books, the contents of an advent calendar are absolutely the most important bit. Which is where the Drinks By The Dram calendars get really cool, because they have every alcohol you could imagine to pick from. Tequila, Cognac, Vodka, Absinthe, Gin and a huge selection of different Whisky calendars. I of course chose a rum calendar; I couldn’t wait to discover some new varieties that I hadn’t tried before!
You get 24 doors and behind each one is a 30ml dram with a hand-made wax seal. They look beautiful with drips of wax pouring down the little bottle and a unique label on each dram.
No two doors are the same so each day is a discovery! Offerings come from around the globe and range from the common kind you’ll find behind the bar, to special editions and aged varieties.
The cost of the advent calendars varies depending on which one you go for. My rum one costs £149.95 by they range from £99-£1,000. If you’re feeling ultra fancy, there’s a ‘Very Old & Rare Whisky’ calendar (with a very fancy box) which retails at a cool £10,000.
The drams are so cute and collectable, I’ve kept all of mine! When you put all of the little empty bottles together it looks like you’ve drunk a lot, but each one is around 1 unit of alcohol so it’s well below the daily allowance and hey, if you can’t enjoy a treat around Christmas when can you? Q and I actually shared the calendar and enjoyed a drink together each night across 12 days, so this is another option too.
I’ve massively enjoyed this calendar! It was genuinely exciting opening the doors and not knowing what was going to be revealed: something we already knew and loved or a new discovery? I’ve definitely found a few new favourites: Ron Zacapa (Guatemala), Flor De Cana 12 year old (Nicaragua) and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva (Venezuela) were all super smooth and smelled absolutely beautiful every time you put your nose near the glass.
If you fancy treating yourself here’s where you can find these calendars.