Whiskey Advent Calendars

Each year for Christmas the Admins & Mods produce a Whiskey Advent Calendar. We do 25 Days (we know most are 24, but we like to add a pour for Christmas Day), with each day, from December 1st. thru 25th., providing a 1oz sample of whiskey selected by Admins, Mods & Friends. All of the Samples are BLIND. Only we know what they are.

Each of the Admins provides a flight of 4 whiskies, which take us from December 1st. to the 20th. The last 5 days are decided on by the group as a whole and we try to provide “special” pour for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Whiskey Advent Calendar got its unofficial start back in 2017 when 13 members of PWF got together at Carmella’s Plates and Pints on the South Side of Pittsburgh to participate in what was billed as “The 12 Samples of Christmas’. Each member brought 12 blind samples from a bottle of their own choosing and there was an exchange of samples followed by the next 12 days of sampling and guessing, These first 12 bottles included the following:

12 Samples of Christmas

Blade & Bow, 45.5 ABV/91 Proof

Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond

Mad River Revolution Rye

Wigle whiskey Rounders share. Collaboration with East End.

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask. 14 year old Scotch whiskey finished in Caribbean rum casks.

Tomatin 12yr Bourbon & Sherry Casks finished.

Bird Dog 10 Year Old Bourbon

Baker’s 7 Year

EH Taylor Small Batch

Stagg Jr 129.5 Proof

Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength 119 Proof

Bastille 1789

Smooth Ambler Contradiction 100 Proof

2018 Advent Calendar

After the sucess of the 12 Days Of Christmas event, The Admins decided in 2018 to release a full fleged advent calendar with 25 samples. There were many lessons learned that year, long with many great memories that we still talk about to this day.

1 Mellow Corn BiB

2 Weller Special Reserve

3 Early Times BiB

4 Oban 14YO Highlands

5 Sazerac Rye 6YO

6 Old Bardstown Estate

7 Glen Scotia Campbeltown Double Cask

8 Heaven Hill 6YO Old Style Bourbon (Green Label)

9 Old Bardstown BiB

10 Redbreast 12YO

11 Rittenhouse Rye BiB

12 Knob Creek 14YO “This is for the G’s” Pick Barrel #7052

13 Cragganmore 12YO Speyside

14 Old Overholt Rye Bonded

15 Old Ezra 7YO Barrel Strength

16 Auchentoshan The Bartender’s Malt Lowlands

17 Elijah Craig Small Batch

18 Evan Williams SiB

19 Suntory Toki

20 Rebel Yell 10YO

21 Johnny Drum Private Stock

22 Ardbeg 10YO Islay

23 Henry McKenna 10YO

24 1792 Full Proof

25 Gordon & MacPhail Ledaig Cask Strength Islands

2019 Advent Calendar

The 2019 Advent calendar was the first year we implemented some time saving elements including a standardized box for packing the samples as well as upgraded labels. The Admins were also tasked with coming up with a “theme” for the set of 4 selections they picked which made up the first 20 days of the calendr. See if you can spot the patterns for yourself.

01. Larceny Very Small Batch 92 Proof

02. Bernheim Wheat 7YO 90 Proof

03. Woodford Reserve Wheated Batch #0038 Bottle #0261 90.4 Proof

04. Maker’s Mark Limited Release 2019 RC6 108.2 Proof

05. Evan Williams BiB 100 Proof

06. Old Grand Dad BiB 100 Proof

07. EH Taylor Small Batch BiB 100 Proof

08. Old Forester 1897 BiB 100 Proof

09. Deveron 12YO 86 Proof

10. Glen Grant 12YO

11. Aerstone Sea

12. Aerstone Land 80 Proof

13. Wild Turkey 101 Proof

14. Kentucky Spirit SiB 101 Proof

15. Wild Turkey Rare Breed

16. Russell’s Reserve SiB “Lucky #13” 110 Proof

17. Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

18. Jack Daniels SiB

19. Booker’s 2019-03 “Country Ham”

20. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A119

21. Glendronach 18 Allardice 92 Proof

22. Sagamore Spirits Rye Cognac Finish Batch 101 Proof

23. Glenfarclas 21 86 Proof

24. Liberty Pole Spiced Rye 80 Proof

25. High West A Midwinters Night Dram 98.6 Proof

2020 Whiskey Advent Calendar

In 2020 the Admins made adjusments to the assembly and distibution process to allow for social distancing and best practices for Covid-19 mitigation. This included having the distribution of the calendars to the PWF members in timed sessions at a parking lot of a local shopping center.

1. Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey

2. OGD 114

3. Writer’s Tears Double Oak

4. Bird Dog 7YO

5. Benriach Smoky 10

6. Fighting Cock

7. JTS Brown BiB

8. Ancient Age

9. Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

10. Old Forester Rye

11. Benriach Smoky 12

12. Rare Breed Rye

13. Four Roses SiB

14. Coopers Craft 100 Proof Bourbon

15. Russell’s Reserve 10YO

16. Chivas Regal Mizunara

17. Jim Beam Devil’s Cut

18. The Tottori Japanese Whisky

19. Heaven Hill 6YO Olde Style

20. Pikesville BiB Rye

21. Kinsey Popcorn Whiskey

22. Basil Hayden Dark Rye

23. George Dickel BiB 11YO

24. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Highland Single Malt Scotch 92 Proof

25. Aberlour A’bunadh

2021 Whiskey Advent Calendar

In 2021 the Admins got creative and decided to craft an original story to go along with the calendar samples. Each sample from days 1-25 inclued a label that was a take on a popular Christmas movie and had a portion of the overall story. The full story can be found here:

01 Bluebird Distilling American Wheat Whiskey – Home Alone

02 McLaughlin 3799 Bourbon – Home Alone 2

03 Live Free Distillery White Beard Wheat Whiskey – Die Hard

04 Wild Turkey Longbranch – Four Christmases

05 Good Times Bourbon – Christmas Story

06 Bradshaw Bourbon Batch 3 – Love Actually

07 Four Roses Small Batch Select – Lethal Weapon

08 Two James Catcher’s Rye – Harold & Kumar

09 Pinhook Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year – Fatman

10 Stranahan’s Single Malt Whiskey 94 Proof – The Grinch

11 Wyoming Whiskey Bourbon Small Batch 88 Proof – Ernest Saves Christmas

12 TX Whiskey – Miracle On 34th Street

13 The Lost Distillery Towiemore – The Man Who Invented Christmas

14 Wild Turkey 101 Rye – Elf

15 Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton Cask – Muppets Christmas Carol

16 Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky Special Release 106 Proof – Christmas at Pee-Wee’s Playhouse

17 Four Roses Small Batch – Emmit Otter’s Jugband Christmas

18 Spey Tenné – The Santa Clause

19 Dad’s Hat Founders Single Barrel Selection #2 – Scrooged

20 Two James J. Riddle Peated Bourbon – Jingle All the Way

21 Liberty Pole High Rye Bourbon – Christmas With The Kranks

22 Laphroaig Ten – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

23 Mayor Pingree 5YO Straight Bourbon The Polar Express

Christmas Eve Teeling Blackpitts – Krampus

Christmas Day 2021 Laphroaig Cairdeas Pedro Ximenez Cask – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

2022 Whiskey Advent Calendar

The Admins and Mods are hard at work on this years calendar, and while we can’t reveal any details about the whiskies, we will shae some photos of the assembly team. If it wasn’t for the hard work that they put in, there wouldn’t be an Advent Calender. Thanks Team!