Join with me for the next twenty-four days as we countdown to Christmas with the Drinks by the Dram Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar.  Each day will present a new whiskey adventure (albeit from last year’s – 2018 calendar – hey, I found it on sale earlier this year). Check back every day for a brief review of each whiskey tasted.  I plan to give a quick overview of the nose, taste, finish, and general cost range of the dram with an overall A, B, C type score.  Since each sample is only an ounce, the letter grade system allows for a more generalized overview of the whisky.

The scoring scaleA+ = 95 and higher, A = 94-93, A- = 92-90, B+ = 89-87, B = 86-83, B- = 82-80, C+ = 79-77, C = 76-73, — and hopefully there will not be any whiskies at these levels, but just in case C- = 72-70, D = 69-60, F = 59 and lower

This marks the third year of Advent Calendar reviews for ModernThirst.  Check out the previous years here:

Whisky Advent Calendar 2017 (Updated Daily)

Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar 2018

Here is a sneak peek of the first six whiskies to be reviewed.  Check back tomorrow for a dram a day!

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Senior Staff Writer, Wes, was born and raised in Darlington, South Carolina and attended college at the United States Air Force Academy. After flying helicopters for the Air Force and teaching at the Air Force Academy, he retired in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, after twenty years of military service. He now works in public school education, is married with three children, and leads the monthly Proper Pour Whisk(e)y Club. You can follow him on Twitter @WesModernThirst and e-mail him at

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