Best Wine and Spirits Advent Calendars for 2021


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Maybe you had a similar experience to me, waking up on December mornings and opening the door of an Advent calendar to eat a little piece of hard chocolate. It was exciting even though the chocolate wasn’t particularly good. As an adult, you can enhance this experience and switch from morning chocolates to nightcaps.

There are tons of Advent calendars filled with wine, whiskey, or gin or just about any alcohol you’d like to drink on those long December nights. Some of the calendars just let you have a drink and are a bit of fun. Some really have exceptional liquids inside that will make you want to open every punched door.

It might seem early, but if you’re looking for cool advent calendars filled with wine or whiskey, it’s already time to start placing your orders. One of the most popular whiskey calendars has been on sale for quite some time and still sells out in just a few weeks. We will help you narrow down the choices. Here are some of the best wine and spirits Advent calendars you’ll find this year.

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Image courtesy of Flaviar

Price: $ 250

What’s inside: Whiskeys of the Galaxy (formerly “the World”) is a fast selling advent calendar. It is loaded with 24 drams of 1.7 ounces of whiskey sourced from distilleries around the world. It comes with a beautifully crafted booklet loaded with tasting notes. Flaviar won’t spoil the surprise of what’s inside, but he has promised that this year’s collection will contain “small batches of bourbon, rye, American single malt, as well as whiskeys from Japan. and Israel, as well as real stars from Scotland and Ireland ”.

Packing: As shown above, there is a beautifully designed booklet inside. It also comes with a Glencairn glass and concrete coaster. Each dram is a narrow glass container shaped like a test tube.

Price: $ 207

What’s inside: The Spirit Co. offers a variety of watered advent calendars, but the American Whiskey and Bourbon collection has 24 waxed 30ml bottles. It includes brown liquids from Blanton’s, Old Forester, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Sagamore Spirit, Whistle Pig and others.

Packaging: The boxes are beautifully designed with wax-sealed glass bottles inside. Spirit Co’s boxes cost a bit more than some others, but it’s quality packaging.

best alcohol advent calendars 2021
Photo courtesy of Heritage Distilling

Price: $ 60

What’s inside: You get a variety of liquors in the calendar, including whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum. So, you are going to want to have a wide variety of mixers ready to go.

Packaging: The box contains 24 bottles of 50 ml. The Distillery has a full list of what’s inside, but they’re mixed up in the box, so you won’t have a clue what you’re opening until the day you open the door. There are two different models available. There is a white poinsettia pattern that you can get in the tasting room or online. The other is a red design with snowflakes that is available exclusively at retailers in the Pacific Northwest.

best wine advent calendars 2021
Photo courtesy of Laithwaites

Price: 140 $

What’s inside: The fourth edition of this wine calendar is likely to sell out quickly, just like in previous years. Each gigantic o ‘wine triangle has 24 doors containing an assortment of red and white wines as well as port.

Packaging: It comes in the form of a cardboard pyramid that you need a forklift to move. It’s heavy. But it’s sturdy, well-designed, and full of little 200ml glass bottles.

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Photo courtesy of Vinebox

Price: $ 130

What’s inside: This year’s Vinebox calendar only includes European wines from women winemakers. The content isn’t just curated to look good, but has a story, which makes for a great gift. Each box includes four white wines, two rosés and six reds.

Packaging: The two available boxes feature designs by Alessia Margarita and Benjamin Craven. The packaging has a lot more appeal than most Advent calendars. The wines are presented in thin glass bottles which make it look a bit like a box of perfumes.

best wine advent calendars 2021
Photo courtesy of In Good Taste

Price: $ 150

What’s inside: This one comes with 24 mini bottles (187ml) of wine in small corked bottles. It comes with reds and whites from some of In Good Taste’s collections, including its California Wine Mixer collection and the Passport collection with wines from France and Italy.

Packaging: It’s relatively compact, with 24 small bottles of wine in a box

best cocktails advent calendars 2021
Photo courtesy of Bartesian

Price: $ 30

What’s inside: The smart cocktail maker company – it’s basically a Keurig for cocktails – put together a 12-pod pack to put a new cocktail in your glass every night until Christmas. The pack contains a combination of holiday-themed cocktails and classics ranging from an Espresso Martini to a Mistletoe Margarita, from the Screwdriver to the Spicy Holiday Old Fashioned.

Packaging: Since there is no alcohol in the pods, you can pick up the pack from places like Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s. Best buy or target. You’ll find a cardboard box lined with Santa Claus, roughly the quality of your standard 12-pack of beers.

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Photo courtesy of Cutwater Spirits

Price: $ 37

What’s inside: Similar to the mixed packs of beer that mimic the feel of an advent calendar from Clown Shoes and Stone Brewing, Cutwater’s can contains 12 different canned cocktails. The company makes its cocktails with spirits to bring you drinks like Vodka Soda Lime, Strawberry Margarita or Tiki Rum Mai Tai, all of which are included in this box.

Packaging: Look for what you’re used to seeing in a variety of soda water or hard beer packs. It’s a cardboard box full of cans. No doors or anything. It’s a box.

Price: $ 60

What’s inside: The 24 mini bottles on Aldi’s calendar include reds, whites and sparkling wines. That’s fine if you like all three, but it might not be as appealing if you’re looking for something that’s exclusively loaded with future favorites.

Packaging: Like almost all wine-based advent calendars, you will need to lift with your legs. It is a heavy beast. You get great packaging, especially since the $ 60 price is lower than many other advent calendars.

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