We've found the BEST advent calendar's for 2017, thanks to Drinks by the Dram!

Drinks by the Dram was launched in 2010 as a way of offering whisky enthusiasts and connoisseurs the opportunity to sample new releases of single malt Scotch whisky at a fraction of the cost of purchasing an entire bottle. The range now includes over 6,000 unique spirits, from rum and whisky to gin, Tequila, mezcal and more. Spirits lovers can now “try before they buy” to find a new favourite to suit their individual tastes and budgets.  

This format became so popular that they decided to launch their own advent calendars and are now in their sixth year.  Their award-winning range lets drinks enthusiasts countdown to Christmas in the company of their favourite spirit. 

We'll be honest, we've cheated at The Version HQ and we've already cracked open a couple of Drinks by the Dram Advent calendars, for the purpose of research of course.

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First up, the Cognac advent calendar really is pure luxury.  Filled to the brim with Cognacs from the region’s finest producers, expect to discover an array of liquid excellence behind those 24 doors. Try Cognacs hailing from Borderies to Grande Champagne, worth hundreds of pounds per bottle – all packed into one handsome box.

There's no better way to sample some gorgeous, high end drinks and we're sure you'll find a favourite out of the 24 miniatures on offer here.  We don't want to give it all away, but let us tell you we've particularly enjoyed Single estate XO Cognac from Frapin, one of the most well respected Cognac houses in the Grande Champagne region. A full bottle will set you back over £100 on Master of Malt.

There's also a HINE Rare VSOP and Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula among many many more.  

Each little bottle is packaged and labelled beautifully, making the calendar an absolute joy - either for yourself or perhaps for somebody who's been particularly special to you in 2017.

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Drinks by the Dram offer a whole range of advent calendars, but our other favourite is definitely the Rum one.  Created to banish the winter blues with a daily dose of liquid sunshine, Drinks by the Dram’s Rum Advent Calendar brings the world’s tastiest white, dark, spiced, navy strength and agricole expressions together in one handsome pack. Behind each of the 24 windows lies a 3cl dram, with French, Spanish and British styles lined up present and correct. A truly shipshape calendar to brighten those dark December days.

Among the highlights are The Version's all-time favourite rum, Rumbullion, plus Sailor Jerry, Pirate's Grog and South Pacific 12 Year Old 2004 - Bonpland which would set you back £123 for a full bottle. 

Novelty advent calendars have become a thing in 2017 with all kinds of brands jumping on the bandwagon but these fantastic Drinks by the Dram calendars have been going for years and continue to set the president.

Our verdict: Either a must-buy treat for December or a fantastic gift for Christmas (nobody is going to complain about 24 bottles of delights even if they have to wait for the 25th to receive it).  Outstanding *****