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The Whisky Advent Calendar

Online retailer Master of Malt has released The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram.

Using the traditional Advent Calendar format of a surprise treat behind a door for each day leading up to Christmas, Drinks by the Dram has produced an Advent Calendar filled with drams of whisky. The Whisky Advent Calendar features twenty-four doors, each hiding a 3cl dram of whisky and is decorated with artwork depicting a variety of whisky-related images, from copper pot stills to oak casks.

The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram features 24 different 3cl drams of whisky –each dram is hidden behind one of the Calendar’s 24 doors. There are a variety of styles included, as well as a 50-year-old whisky which retails at £350 for a full bottle. The Whisky Advent Calendar makes a great gift for any whisky enthusiast and provides a unique way to celebrate the run-up to Christmas.

The Whisky Advent Calendar is now available from Master of Malt.

The Whisky Advent Calendar – £149.95

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Selection

hotel chocolat christmas selection

Christmas really isn’t Christmas without at least one box of chocolates; a fail-safe gift or a little private indulgence for you alone. This seasonal selection from Hotel Chocolat is £22 or 2 for £40. Pick up in store or order online – still plenty of time for delivery before Christmas Day itself! Billionaire Shortbread anyone? Or perhaps a Christmas Mess followed by a Cinnamon Praline?

Brimming with sparkling seasonal cheer and the gorgeous flavours of the season – in melt-away pralines and soft caramels, truffles with warming chilli and creamy coconut, cherry florentines, gingerbread, cinnamon and more. There’s something inside to make everyone feel Christmassy all over.

Alternative Christmas Cake Video

2011 The Great British Bake Off the extraordinaire Holly Bell has created an alternative Christmas Cake that we all still have time to make!! Here is a little festive film of her creating the masterpiece.

Christmas Cottage Cake from Stupid on Vimeo.

It’s a Christmas Cottage Cake revolution!
The perfect festive alternative to the traditional Christmas Cake. That you can still make in time for Christmas day or any other festive festivities.

With thanks to the wonderful Holly Bell from The Great British Bake Off.

Recipe by Holly Bell
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See a selection of stills from the shot here:

Winter Warming Wines PodCast With Charles Metcalf

vins de loire logoA quick podcast featuring Charles Metcalf offering up his wisdom in regards to “winter warming wines” and the “perfect drop for your festive menus”.

Winter is here and for many wine lovers that means red wine season.

But while it may be a given that a red wine is the perfect drop for those heart-warming winter meals, knowing which variety of red to choose can be a minefield, considering the vast array of wines from around the world now available in Britain.

With Christmas approaching, many of us will be entertaining friends and family around the table in the next few weeks, so making sure you’ve got the right type of wine on hand for both unexpected guests and planned parties is paramount at this time of year.

Because when it comes to matching your food to your wine, whether pre-Christmas or on the big day itself, a little knowledge can mean the difference between a good meal and a great one. So which red will go best with your Christmas turkey, a hearty casserole or the traditional Boxing Day cold cuts?

Wine expert Charles Metcalfe knows exactly how to help you figure out how to match the perfect vin rouge to your festive menus, whether canapés or cordon bleu.

Charles has a particular interest in Loire Reds, which are lighter in style than other reds ensuring the festive flavours aren’t overpowered. He joins us with his top tips on buying and enjoying red wine this winter.

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Christmas Gifts from Interflora

inter flora hamper

Flowers, right? Damn fine flowers admittedly but that is all that Interflora deals with, right?

Well no, as it happens. Interflora offers a whole gamut of products including plants such as a £22.99 Poinsettia with chocolate or a £27.99 Yuletide basket. There is also a range of Gifts for Her from a £19.99 single red rose with vase to £29.99 Personalised Heart Biscuits.

There is also a range of rather delightful Christmas Hampers. These range in price from a Christmas Tray at £29.99 right up to a £200 Christmas Ottoman Trunk. Pictured is the Taste of Christmas Basket at £100. This contains a mix of savoury and sweet food products plus two bottles of wine and a small bottle of port –

• Border red berry rascals 175g
• Border Biscuits Blackberry & Apple crumbles
• Grandma Wild’s Milk chocolate coated cranberry cookies 200g
• The Original Cake Company 5.5″ round cherry & almond drizzle cake 600g
• Lily O’Briens chocolates 190g
• Bromley’s spiced peach chutney 200g
• Paddy & Scott’s after dinner coffee 56g
• Just fudge cranberry fudge 125g
• Orchard preserves raspberry jam 227g
• Orchard preserves marmalade 227g
• Walkers 6 Luxury mincemeat tarts 372g
• The Dormen Chilli & lime cashews 130g
• Olives Et Al Moorish olives with Cumin, coriander & cardamom 150g
• Bromley’s Cranberry sauce 200g
• Twinings winter edition mulled spiced tea – x 20 40g
• Matthew Walker Christmas pudding 454g