In a year when so many of my Christmas traditions can’t be enjoyed (I’ll not be home for Christmas) I have been able to start a delicious new one. In a stroke of genius, the Non-Country-Fan Boyfriend got me a Bourbon and American Whiskey advent Calendar. I suspect he thought this was a clever way to get his own lips on the variety of drams inside, but no such luck. This calendar was something I’d been lusting after for years though I’ve let him ‘share’ the ones I’m not keen on. (I’m still not sure I’e recovered from the burn of the Balcones Texas Rye 100 proof).
Since my enjoyment of the brown stuff was undoubtably a result of country music brainwashing, I challenged myself to pair each whiskey unveiled with a suitable country song. (I mean, what else was there to do while in tier 3?) I left our my favourite tune, Whiskey Lullaby, because a song about drinking to death didn’t seem to fit the Christmas spirit. But fortunately there are plenty of wildly varied country songs about whiskey to choose from. The result is a 24 song mix of both traditional (Johnny Cash) and pop (Little Big Town) country, covering all your whiskey moods from party to break up.
“I have loved some ladies, And I have loved Jim Beam, And they both tried to kill me in 1973”Hank Williams Jr ‘Family Tradition’
You can see the list below, and have a listen in this…
…plus there are videos of the advent windows in our Instagram ‘Dramvent’ highlights. Is your favourite whiskey song in the list?
DAY 1: Whiskey = WhistlePig 10 Year Old Straight Rye; Song = Pony Express by Alabama
DAY 2: Balcones Distilling Texas Rye 100 Proof; 100 Proof by Kellie Pickler
DAY 3: Sonoma Distilling Co. Cherrywood Rye, Sunshine & Whiskey by Frankie Ballard
DAY 4: Jim Beam Single Barrel, Family Tradition by Hank Williams Jr
DAY 5: Michter’s bourbon whiskey; Bourbon in Kentucky by Dierks Bentley
DAY 6: Woodford Reserve double oaked; Fell in Love on Whiskey by Wade Bowen;
“We fell in love on whiskey, one shot at a time, That old Kentucky bourbon made her mine”Wade Bowen ‘Fell in Love on Whiskey’
DAY 7: Maker’s Mark 46; Maker’s Mark And You, by Lauren Jenkins
DAY 8: Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey; Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
DAY 9: Basil Hayden; Whiskey and Rain by Michael Ray
DAY 10: Gentleman Jack; Jack Daniels by Eric Church
DAY 11: Hudson Four Grain Bourbon; Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan
DAY 12: Eagle Rare 10 Year Old; Eagle When She Flies by Dolly Parton
DAY 13: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel; Jesus and Jack Daniels by Justin Moore
DAY 14: 1792 Small Batch Bourbon; Kentucky Straight by Johnny Cash
DAY 15: Maker’s Mark Cask strength; Yeah It Is by Chris Janson
DAY 16: Legent; Shoot Me Straight by Brothers Osborne
DAY 17: Evan Williams’ White Label; Andy (I Can’t Live Without You) by Ashley McBryde OR Whiskey by Cody Jinks… is it cheating to put two?
DAY 18: American Eagle 4 Year Old; Tennessee Whiskey by George Jones
DAY 19: Sazerac Rye Straight Rye Whiskey; Don’t Blame it On Whiskey by John Pardi & Lauren Alaina
DAY 20: Michter’s Straight Rye Whiskey; Waste of Good Whiskey by Lainey Wilson
DAY 21: Brough Bros Bourbon; Drinkin’ Problem by Midland
DAY 22: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Rye; Whiskey Drinking Woman by Kezia Gill
DAY 23: Hudson Baby Bourbon; I’ll Be Your Whiskey by Lee Ann Womack (but sadly not on spotify, but great song to listen to here.) OR I’ve been Good by Cassadee Pope
DAY 24: TO BE OPENED but the song will have to be Last Shot by Kip Moore
Anyway, Christmas, albeit a different looking one, is almost here. I’ve found out that not everyone was drinking all the drams as they went along… Please let my mum know I’ve also been doing non-alcoholic advent activities (like the zoom nativity) so all is not lost.
Merry Christmas y’all,