The Gin Avent Calendar Countdown

Around the world in 24 gins with a Gin advent calendar. Every day another gin, another surprise. It is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get or when. I am familiar with gin, but it was a feast to discover more with this calendar. What a way to count the days until Christmas. 

Day 1: Mayfield Gin – 40%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Grapefruit, lemon, orange blossom, citrus peel, lime, thyme, medicinal, anise, lavender
  • Taste: Fresh, lemon, lime, peach, lavender, mandarin, hints of nostalgic sweets and bubble mint gum
  • Finish: Sweet, fresh, warm and lingering

(Mayfield gin)

Day 2: St George Botanivore Gin – 45%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Fresh, roses, honeysuckle, paintbrush, pine tree, cucumbers, lime, citrus, thyme, creamy
  • Taste: Honey, fresh, cucumber, peach, fennel, anise, cardamon, hazelnut, coriander seeds
  • Finish: Warm, interesting warmth and fresh

(St George Spirits)

Day 3: East India Company Gin – 42%)

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Lemon, mint, fresh, chopped apple, citrus, peach, light floral notes and a salty Seabreeze
  • Taste: Peach, a[rocpts, lemon, citrus notes, mandarin peel, strong white pepper and lingering
  • Finish: Sticky, oily and smooth

(The East India Company Gin)

Day 4: Whitley Neill Quince Gin – 43%

  • Color: Light golden
  • Nose: Ripe pears, apple, lychee, papaya, lemongrass, green tea, mint, jasmine, clementines, blackberries
  • Taste: Complex, sweet, warm, oily, pears, apples, plum, blackberries, liquorice, ginger, hints of burnt brown sugar
  • Finish: Tropical with a complexity of bitterness. Lovely warm

(Whitley Neill Quince Gin)

Day 5: That Boutique-y gin Company Moonshot Gin – 46.6%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Lavender, coriander, grass, lemon, yuzu, citrus, rich, forest dam, blueberries and honeysuckle
  • Taste: Spicy, liquorice, smooth, pear drops, almond, citrus, peach, herbal, basil, grapefruit and warm
  • Finish: Warm, long, fresh and sticky

(That Boutique-y Gin Company)

Day 6: Edinburgh Gin Cannonball Navy Strength – 57.2%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Juniper, baked apple, lemongrass, papaya, lime, menthol, white pepper, honeysuckle, grassy and salty tones
  • Taste: A true pepper-bomb, white pepper, hints of sweetness, menthol, warm and soft red fruit
  • Finish: Sticky, sharp and dry

(Edinburgh Gin)

Day 7: Ableforths Bathtub Gin – 43-3%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Fresh, lemon, citrus, mint, dried berries, watermelon, coriander, black tea, wet leafs
  • Taste: Black pepper, sticky, salty, floral, baker’s chocolate, citrus, squeezed lime, cereal and lemon pie
  • Finish: Sticky, long and warm


Day 8: Tanqueray Rangpur Gin – 41.3%

  • Color: Neutral
  • Nose: Lime, mint, apples, junipers, black pepper, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, basil
  • Taste: Passionfruit, lime, warm red fruit, lemon, smashed peach mixed with walnuts and pears
  • Finish: Warm, fresh and lingering long


Day 9: Kokoro Gin – 42%

  • Color: Nice bright
  • Nose: Spring flowers, roses, dragonfruit, lime juice, red apple, meadowsweet and hints of green pepper and red currant
  • Taste: Sweet pepper, sticky, lime, juniper, fennel, apricot, red fresh plucked fruit, lemon grass and roasted nuts
  • Finish: Sweet, fresh with a bite


Day 10:  Willem Barentsz Gin – 43 %

  • Color: Pure
  • Nose: Sweet, salty, red berries, raspberries, a lot of red fresh fruit, passionfruit, tropical hints, mint citrus, white pepper
  • Taste: Warm, apricot, red fruit, fresh, grassy hints, peach and a complexity of stickiness
  • Finish: Long, warm and sweet

(Willem Barentsz)

Day 11: Ungava Canadian Premium Gin – 43.1%

  • Color: Light golden
  • Nose: Grapefruit, tangerine, red berries, juniper, citrus, lime, mandarin
  • Taste: Spicy, lingering, citrus, oily hints, mandarin, lime, red fruit, mint, thyme, salt and pepper complexity
  • Finish: Warm, pleasant and long


Day 12: That Boutique-y gin Company Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin – 40.1%

  • Color: Dark Yellow
  • Nose: Strong Pineapple, beer, very strong with black pepper, complexity of warm caramel, cinnamon, basil, tropical influences, mango, kiwi, passionfruit
  • Taste: Strong, very bitter, warmly baked pineapple covered with brown sugar and sour complexity
  • Finish, long and bitter

(That Boutique-y Gin Company)

Day 13: Cornish Clotted Cream Gin – 44%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Lime, citrus, prune, salty, lavender, black pepper, red pepper, blackberries, nutmeg and a complexity of red fruit
  • Taste: Hints of peach, peppers, oily edge, stickiness, complexity of citrus, red fruit, warm, lime and smooth peach, pear and strawberries
  • Finish: Warm, lingering and long

(The Wrecking Coast Distillery)

Day 14: Mary Le Bone Gin – 50.2%

  • Color: Neutral
  • Nose: Sweet, spicy, thyme, lavender, grapes, fresh peels of lime and lemon, hints of almonds, and watered flowerbeds
  • Taste: Red fruit, red pepper, salty stickiness, fresh, sweet, lemon, lime and a complexity of a green fruit bowl, green bananas and green apple
  • Finish: Warm and oily

(Mary Le Bone)

Day 15: Few Spirits Breakfast Gin – 42%

  • Color: Clear
  • Nose: Ginger, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, apricot, peach, lemon, wax far away, lime, menthol, spicy and crushed walnuts
  • Taste: Liquorice, red fruit, warm, bitterness, fresh mint, apple juice with citrus peel, coriander, grassy and a complexity of nostalgic candy
  • Finish: Fresh, long and bites of bitterness

(Few Spirits)

Day 16: Ableforths Bathtub Gin, Cask Strength – 57%

  • Color: Light
  • Nose: Sweet, meadowsweet, chamomile, delicate perfume, cucumber, gooseberries, kitchen spices, lemon, lime, very sweet, fresh and define
  • Taste: Spicy, a bit dry, lemon, lime, red soft fruit, anise, nutmeg, coriander and hints of flower leafs
  • Finish:  Sweet, medium but complex


Day 17: Rutte Dry Gin – 43%

  • Color: Invisible
  • Nose: Peppers, tropical hints, juniper, citrus, menthol with liquorice, lemon peel, grapefruit, hints of oranges, sweet flowers and fennel
  • Taste: Light, mild pepper, minty, basil, juniper, squeezes grapefruit and oranges, fresh and smooth with a complexity of liquorice
  • Finish: Smooth and lingering


Day 18: Williams Gin – 40%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Flowers, lavender, roses, sharp pepper edges, citrus, grapefruit, lime, lemon and mixed red fruit
  • Taste: Black pepper, peach, citrus, warm lemon, orange peel, smooth, mints, basil, juniper and squeezed red fruit
  • Finish: Complexm fresh and warm

(William Chase Distillery)

Day 19: Anno 60.2 Gin – 60%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Spicy, white pepper, mint, cinnamon, kamilla, lime. black pepper, pineapple, liwi and mandarin peel
  • Taste: Lot’s of pepper, cinnamon, warm caramel, grapedruit, mints, menthol, fresh and sweet complexity
  • Finish: Long, fresh and lingering


Day 20: City of London Distillery, Square Mile Gin – 47.3%

  • Color: Neutral
  • Nose: Cucumber,. freshness, grapefruit, basil, lime, papaya, mints, red pepper, black pepper and hints of red fruit and black berries
  • Taste: Warm, pears, lemon, tropical complexity with different spices, basil, thyme and pepper
  • Finish: Fresh and spicy

(City of London Distillery)

Day 21: Thompson’s Small Batch Gin, London Dry Gin – 43%

  • Color: Neutral
  • Nose: Coriander, juniper, fresh, pears, prunes, raisins, kiwi, mandarin freshness, basil, sweet peppers, summer flowers and a salty edge
  • Taste: Complecxity of freshness, raisins, lemong, warm, sticky and oily parts, pear, peaches and hints of red and green apples
  • Finish: Warm, smooth and long

(Thompson’s Gin)

Day 22: Rives Special Gin – 40%

  • Color: Bright
  • Nose: Carniflowers, juniper, sali, kardamon, white peppers, scraped red pepper, mints and a complexity of bitterness
  • Taste: Fresh, soft, peach, cucumber at the back, salie, vanilla, mints, squeezed lime, juniper and lots of red fruit
  • Finish: Smooth, warm and long


Day 23: Scapegrace Goldilocks Gin – 57%

  • Color: Sweet
  • Nose: Grinded coffee, oranges, nutmeg, cloves, lime, juniper and floral complexity and a sweet edge
  • Taste: Lime, fresh, juniper, oranges, vanilla, sweet peppers, summer flowers and hints of a fruitbasket with red fruit and green apples
  • Finish: Sweet and bitter


Day 24: That Boutique-y Gin Company Yuletide Gin – 46%

  • Color: Festive
  • Nose: Spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, fresh mandarin, grapefruit, salty edges, hints of  cardamom, dark chocolate covered in mandarin drops
  • Taste: Spicy, cinnamon, salty, white pepper, sweetness, mandarin juice, chocolate, caramel end hints of juniper and a lot of citrus
  • Finish: Lovely and fresh

(That Boutique-y Gin Company)

An adult calendar like this makes the countdown to Christmas even more fun next to the chocolate calendars you can buy. You can purchase this spiritual advent calendar and other advent calendars filled with other spirits at Drinks By The Dram. Each of their advent calendars is filled with 24 different, handmade 30 ml wax-sealed drams of the finest spirits from across the globe.



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