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Advent of the VERY Merry Christmas with calendars packed with booze

Jack Daniel’s

Asda, £60

‘A Tennessee twist on the traditional advent calendar,’ says Asda.

THE BOTTOM LINE: 23 5cl bottles inc. Single Barrel. One door has a key ring hip flask.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? Single Barrel packs has 45 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV).

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 46 — the monthly recommended intake is 56 units, so it may be best to spread the festive cheer.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? A one-litre bottle JD, £22, Asda.

this Jack Daniel’s advent calendar has a different surprise behind each door 

Wine miniatures

Virginwines.co.uk, £79.99

Green and vaguely tree shaped, each door is a decorated bauble, although at 71cm tall, it needs plenty of room.

THE BOTTOM LINE: 24 bottles — 11 red, 8 white, 1 rose, 3 fizzes and 1 of port, each measuring between 187 and 200ml. One for sharing, hic!

HOW BOOZY IS IT? The lowest is 10.5 per cent ABV and highest 20 per cent.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 60.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Seven bottles of Virgin’s £7.99 Italian Vermentino (the calendar is surprisingly good value).

These wine miniatures offer a different tipple behind each of the 24 doors on the calendar 

These wine miniatures offer a different tipple behind each of the 24 doors on the calendar 

Cracking Whiskies 

First4hampers.com, £125

In the shape of a giant cracker, this one wins on the festive front. You and a close pal will love it.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Each door conceals a 50ml whisky from Glengoyne, Sheep Dip, Ardberg Glenfiddich etc.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? All around 40 per cent.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 48.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Amazon has 700ml of Sheep Dip for £29.47.

This £125 hamper has 24 bottles each containing 50ml of whisky from different distilleries 

This £125 hamper has 24 bottles each containing 50ml of whisky from different distilleries 

The Tree of Beer 

Best Of British Beer, £85

It’s festive . . . kind of.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Arrives fully assembled, with a star to put on top and includes 25 330ml bottles — plus a Christmas Day bonus.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? Varies from 3.8 to 5.5 per cent.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 37.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Cases of 12 cost £33.99 from bestofbritishbeer. co.uk, £67.98 for two and you are just one bottle short of the calendar’s 25.

This £85 'Tree of Beer' even contains a Christmas Day bonus as a special present 

This £85 ‘Tree of Beer’ even contains a Christmas Day bonus as a special present 

Rum Map 

Drinks By The Dram, £149.95

A colourful world map doesn’t scream Christmas, but you could crack this calendar any time.

THE BOTTOM LINE: 24 30ml drams hailing from all around the world.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? From 38 to 57 per cent ABV.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 29.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? A 700ml festive bottle of Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum is £16 at Asda. 

This £150 advent calendar contains different rums from around the world in 30ml bottles

This £150 advent calendar contains different rums from around the world in 30ml bottles

Plonk Galore 

Laithwaite’s, £63.99

Basically a red box, albeit a festive one.

THE BOTTOM LINE: 24 bottles of wine, red, white and prosecco, ending with gold-medal winning bubbly on day 24. Perfect with friends.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? Up to 14.5 per cent ABV.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 66.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Six bottles of Laithwaite’s Le Calleselle prosecco at £7.99 a bottle.

This has a mixed case of different wines finishing with a small bottle of Prosecco for £64

This has a mixed case of different wines finishing with a small bottle of Prosecco for £64

Refillable Prosecco 

Notonthehighstreet.com, £169.95

Not cheap, but the cute wooden tree can be refilled each year. Use foil-topped bottles so your ‘baubles’ look pretty.

THE BOTTOM LINE: a variety of 24 x 20cl bottles of fizz, mostly prosecco, with cava and a couple of bottles of Lanson champers. Ideal to share.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? ABV of between 6.5 and 12.5 per cent.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 56.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Six bottles of Lanson Black Label, £22 each at Tesco.

For the Prosecco lover, this £170 refillable tree can be used year after year - with new bottles

For the Prosecco lover, this £170 refillable tree can be used year after year – with new bottles

Beer and ale

John Lewis, £70

Would look better under the tree than on the mantelpiece.

THE BOTTOM LINE: A selection of 24 bottles from Suffolk brewer Adnams, including stout, IPA and a dry hopped lager.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? With a nod to the non-drinker, there are a couple of alcohol free offerings through to Triple Knot at 10 per cent ABV.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 39.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? A couple of five-litre kegs of Adnams Ghost Ship, Tesco, £15 each.

This £70 case of 24 beers has a couple of non-alcoholic surprises from Adnams brewery 

This £70 case of 24 beers has a couple of non-alcoholic surprises from Adnams brewery 

Fizz and Truffles 

Morrisons, £39

It looks like a case of booze, but it’s a bargain.

THE BOTTOM LINE: For those who find 24 bottles of booze a bit much, this has 12 x 200ml bottles of fizz, chocolate truffles, bath foam and shower gel.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? All the bottles are 11 per cent ABV.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 28.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Three bottles of Morrison’s ‘The Best’ Prosecco at £7 each.

At £39, this box from Morrisons is a bargain with 12 bottles of fizz and even some shower gel

At £39, this box from Morrisons is a bargain with 12 bottles of fizz and even some shower gel

The ultimate Gin and Tonic 

Fever Tree, available from Waitrose, £60

Navy blue, with a festive gold trim that would look smart on the mantelpiece.

THE BOTTOM LINE: A dozen 50ml bottles of craft gin by the likes of Sipsmith, Pink Pepper and Chase Distillery and a dozen bottles of tonic (Fever Tree, of course).

HOW BOOZY IS IT? All around 40 per cent.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 26.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Hendrick’s is £28 for 700ml at Waitrose and an eight-pack of Fever Tree is £3.99.

This £60 case matches a dozen craft gins with a dozen Fever Tree tonics 

This £60 case matches a dozen craft gins with a dozen Fever Tree tonics 

G with lots of T

John Lewis, £95

It could be a shoe box, but inside there’s a Christmas twist.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Just one bottle of Lakes Explorer gin with a range of different flavoured tonics.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? The gin is a 700ml, 47 per cent ABV affair.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 31.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? A bottle of the gin is £39.95; two 12-packs of mini cans of Schweppes, £7, Asda.

This has one single bottle of gin with a range of different tonic waters for £95 

This has one single bottle of gin with a range of different tonic waters for £95 

Tequila  

Amazon, £149.93

Something unusual: a colourful, but not terribly Christmassy box of tempting tequila.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Twenty-four different, handmade 30ml wax-sealed drams of Tequila from across Mexico. No salt or lime.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? From 38 to 54 per cent ABV.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 29.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Waitrose has a 700ml bottle of El Jimador tequila blanco for £20.

These tequilas are all wax sealed from different producers around Mexico and cost £150

These tequilas are all wax sealed from different producers around Mexico and cost £150

Japanese Whiskey 

Drinks By The Dram, £194.95

A very on-trend collection of 24 Japanese whiskies in a non-festive brown box.

THE BOTTOM LINE: From single grain to rare single malt, 24 30ml Nipponese whiskies.

HOW BOOZY IS IT? From 40 to 53 per cent.

UNITS OF ALCOHOL: 30.

WHAT COULD I BUY INSTEAD? Waitrose has a 700ml bottle of Togouchi Japanese blended whiskey for £37.50.

These Japanese Whiskies are almost £195 and come in 24, 30ml bottles 

These Japanese Whiskies are almost £195 and come in 24, 30ml bottles 

 

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