Inspired by one of the festive season’s most prolific gift-givers, The Whisky Shop has introduced the 12 Drams of Christmas to delight gift recipients far and wide this winter.
The traditional Christmas carol Twelve Days of Christmas was first published in 1780 under the title The Twelve Days of Christmas sung at King Pepin’s Ball in the children’s book, Mirth without Mischief, and is a staple of every self-respecting caroller’s repertoire.
In the most commonly sung version, the proverbial true love sends the singer a total of 40 items of jewellery, 30 noblemen, 34 musicians, at least 76 women, 40 cows, a whopping 184 birds and 12 trees!
Luckily, thanks to The Whisky Shop’s less populous but no less satisfactory reimagining, someone in your life can now sing: “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… a lovely little dram of whisky!”, and so on.
Because let’s face it, while the creative thinking involved by the mysterious ‘true love’ is admirable, who wants a load of birds, pipers, drummers and dancers making an awful racket in their house at Christmas?
However, if you’re still keen to eschew the typical (and dare we say, boring) gifts of socks, chocolates and jumpers and show a bit of creativity in your gift-giving this year, and if your true love enjoys sampling rare and exclusive whiskies, then we can guarantee The Whisky Shop’s 12 Drams of Christmas will go down a treat!
Presented in a beautiful gift box (rather than a lorry), The Whisky Shop’s 12 Drams of Christmas comprises a selection of 3cl whisky samples, ranging in age from 8 to 25 years old, and originating from all over the world. Each bottle is concealed in a pretty pearlescent gift bag ready for hanging on the tree, to keep the surprises coming throughout the holidays.
12 Drams of Christmas is available online at www.whiskyshop.com and in store at all 20 UK branches of The Whisky Shop. It is priced at £70.
Of course, if your true love is a fan of livestock being milked in their living room then this is not the gift for you; stick with the traditional menagerie.