The 10 Best Whiskey Advent Calendars of 2022

An extra dose of Christmas spirit for each day in December

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Advent is a Christian celebration heralding the "arrival" of Jesus that begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on the holiday’s eve. This year, the Advent season technically starts on November 27, although Advent calendars of all kinds traditionally start with December 1.

For those who want to observe with a tipple, a boozy Advent calendar can be a fun way to prepare and get into the spirit of Christmas. For the non-observant, a collection of two dozen-plus small whisk(e)y samples is still a great excuse to try awesome new drams of Scotch, bourbon, or rye. A tidy package loaded with hooch also makes an excellent gift for any whiskey lover. 'Tis the season!

No matter how you want to celebrate, here are the best whiskey Advent calendars to add a little extra Yuletide cheer.

The Really Good Whisky Company Whisky Advent Calendar

WHISKY ADVENT CALENDAR

Courtesy of The Really Good Whisky Company

For the Scotch lover who wants to splurge a bit, The Really Good Whisky Company Advent Calendar offers drinkers 25 (a bonus over the usual 24) stellar whiskies to get into the spirit of the season. Each comes in a mini-vial holding 30 milliliters, or just over an ounce. There are four levels of luxury in your whisky options, from the Diamond Edition's array of rare single malts bottled at up to 50 years old to the...less-stratospheric Sapphire Edition, featuring 12-year-old bottlings from several distilleries. Each dram also includes a link to flavor notes and a guided video tasting.

Price at time of publish: $98-$731

What’s Included: 25 (30-milliliter) samples

Flaviar Whiskey Advent Calendar

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Flaviar

Flaviar's sought-after Advent calendar is almost guaranteed to sell out every year, so it's a good idea to place a preorder early. The theme of 2022's calendar is The Depths of Whiskey and promises 24 samples of 50 milliliters (about 1.7 ounces) each. The exact spirits on the list are a surprise but will definitely include whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and Australia, as well as bourbon and rye from the U.S.

The collection also comes with some nice extras, including a Glencairn tasting glass, an embossed leather coaster, and a lovely journal to write your tasting notes in.

Price at time of publish: $260

What's Included:
24 (50-milliliter) samples

Drinks By The Dram Whisky Advent Calendar

Whisky Advent Calendar

Courtesy of The Spirit Co.

You can count down to Christmas in an especially merry way with the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar. It contains 24 samples in cute little wax-sealed bottles just waiting to be opened. You're sure to enjoy sipping a bit of whisky each night in December.

Designed for the more intrepid whiskey explorer, this set includes traditional Scotch and Irish whiskies from brands you've definitely heard of, as well as some more unusual drams, such as a smoked rye from Finland and a French single malt.

Price at time of publish: $172.24

What’s Included: 24 (30-milliliter) samples

Tobins Woodworking Mini Shooter Advent Calendar

Tobins Wood Working Mini Shooter Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Etsy

If you’re giving a whisky Advent calendar as a gift and want to personalize it yourself, this DIY version is perfect. Shaped like a fir tree from Baltic birch plywood and sanded smooth, it stands 14 inches tall, and you can select a clear coat or charred finish. The maker also offers an unfinished option, so you can paint or stain it to your taste. Plus, you get to curate a selection of 24 nips to the tastes of your loved one.

Price at time of publish: $15

What’s Included: Calendar with 24 spaces for mini bottles; you must buy your own mini-bottles to fill it

Drinks by the Dram Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar

Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar

Courtesy of The Spirit Co.

Drinks by the Dram makes several different Advent calendars, and this one is for the friend who's deep into Scotland and its signature spirit. You get 24 samples of single malt and blended whiskies from some of Scotland's finest distilleries, including Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and The Macallan. The calendar also includes spirits from a few distilleries that might be new even to a dedicated Scotch drinker, like Fettercairn and Old Perth.

Price at time of publish: $183.73

What’s Included: 24 (30-milliliter) samples

Tip Topp The Extraordinarily Tasty Advent Calendar

Tip Topp The Extraordinarily Tasty Advent Calendar
Tip Topp The Extraordinarily Tasty Advent Calendar.

The Spirit Co.

The Extraordinarily Tasty Advent Calendar is designed for extraordinarily adventurous drinkers. Its 24 samples include several whiskies, plus a globetrotting assortment of other spirits—tequila and mezcal from Mexico, French cognac, rums from Guyana and Panama, and even a Brazilian gin. The box also comes with a few cocktail recipe cards to help make best use of all that variety.

Price at time of publish: $172.29

What’s Included: 24 (30-milliliter) samples

Drinks by the Dram Japanese Advent Calendar

Drinks by the Dram Japanese Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Drinks by the Dram

With a massive explosion in demand from fans around the world, many Japanese whiskies have become nearly impossible to find. This collection is an incredible opportunity to taste through many of Japan's top distilleries, including Yamazaki, Hibiki, Nikka and Mars. It's perfect for anyone who already loves Japanese whisky or anyone who's never had the chance to try any. Reflecting the rarity of these samples, the Drinks by the Dram Japanese whisky calendar is a bit more expensive than the brand's other options.

Price at time of publish: $298.60

What’s Included: 24 (30-milliliter) samples

Pernod Family of Brands Stocking Stuffer Advent Calendar

Stocking Stuffer Advent Calendar

Total Wine & More

One of the largest spirits companies in the world, Pernod Ricard owns Jameson Irish Whiskey, Chivas Regal blended Scotch, and The Glenlivet single malt, among many other brands. This set includes two mini bottles each of a dozen different spirits, including several varieties of the above, plus Martell Cognac and Absolut Vodka. It's a nice assortment of solid spirits at an excellent price, as whiskey Advent calendars go.

Price at time of publish: $86.99

What's included: 24 (50-milliliter) mini bottles

Woodford Reserve 8 Day Cocktail Advent Calendar

Woodford Reserve 8 Day Cocktail Advent Calendar

Williams Sonoma

For the mixologically minded, this calendar includes specially made mixers for four different cocktails, plus sampler bottles of four different bitters to create your own old-fashioned or other original creations. This kit does not include alcohol, which means it can ship anywhere in the U.S., but you may want to tack on a bottle of bourbon if you're giving it in person. (The mixers were designed for Woodford Reserve, but any bourbon will work.)

Price at time of publish: $145.95

What's included: 4 (2-ounce) cocktail mixers and 4 (0.36-ounce) bitters samples

The Whisky Exchange 25 Spirits for 25 Days Advent Calendar

The Whisky Exchange 25 Spirits for 25 Days Advent Calendar

The Whisky Exchange

The exact contents of this calendar are a secret, but its maker will reveal that it contains six whiskies, 15 other spirits, and four liqueurs. That's sure to include an adventurous mix of whiskey, rum, brandy, gin, and amaro, with spirits to be sipped neat and ingredients for tasty cocktails. There are 24 samples for a traditional Advent calendar, plus an extra-special bonus bottle for Christmas Day.

Price at time of publish: $172.14

What's included: 25 (30-milliliter) samples

What to Look for in a Whiskey Advent Calendar

Variety

This all comes down to personal taste. A whiskey drinker who sticks to one particular category would probably most appreciate an Advent calendar in that category—in other words, don't buy a bourbon drinker a Scotch calendar or vice versa. But a newly minted whiskey lover might enjoy an Advent calendar that offers a wider range of different spirits and the opportunity to taste several types of whiskey. Lots of experienced whiskey drinkers are adventurous, too, and love to try anything and everything out there; you just have to know who you're buying for.

Price

A whiskey Advent calendar includes two dozen tiny bottles of booze, so even one on the lower end won't be cheap. The format is also a great way to get a small taste of incredibly rare spirits that aren't available anywhere else, and fancy whiskey Advent calendars can get really expensive. One (potentially) money-saving option is a DIY calendar: Fill your own holder with mini-bottles. This is also a great way to customize the whiskey selection to the recipient's taste.

Availability

Because they offer the chance to sample some really special whiskies, many of the most popular whiskey Advent calendars sell out long before the Christmas season. It's a great idea to get on it early: Many brands have a preorder option that holds your calendar and ships it out closer to the holidays. Other calendars are consistently available year-round, though these tend not to include super-rare spirits.

FAQs

What is an Advent calendar?

An Advent calendar is used in some Christian traditions to count down the days until Christmas, with a small door opened each day from December 1 through Christmas Day that has a treat behind it. Traditionally, Advent calendars have small chocolates or toys inside, but they've also become a popular gift for anyone who wants to celebrate the holiday season, with Advent calendars full of wine, coffee, beer, cosmetics samples, and more.

How many days are in an Advent calendar, and when do you start opening it?

The Christian season of Advent (from the Latin Adventus, meaning coming, in reference to the birth of Jesus) begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, which varies from year to year. (In 2022, Advent starts on November 27.) However, Advent calendars usually only represent the days in December. So you would open the first panel on December 1 and reveal another surprise every day through Christmas. Most Advent calendars include 24 items and end on Christmas Eve (December 24), but some with 25 items end on Christmas Day (December 25).

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Nicholas McClelland is a passionate whisk(e)y drinker who has written about spirits for Men’s Journal, Fatherly, and Inside Hook. His bar is deep with rare single malts, hard-to-find bourbons, and ryes, but he doesn't believe there's anything too precious to share with friends.

Jason Horn updated this story. He is a commerce writer for The Spruce Eats who's covered food and drinks for more than 15 years. He's previously written about cocktails and spirits for Liquor.com, Playboy, Serious Eats, Wine Enthusiast, and more.

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