My sister and I were recently discussing different types of advent calendars and she suggested that someone come up with an advent calendar that when you opened up the door, there was a beer. All counting down during the 25 Days Of Christmas.

It was shortly after this conversation that she challenged me, a bourbon and whiskey enthusiast, to coming up with the "12 Days Of Bourbon". I said, so what's the challenge? So I added just a few rules, 1. the bourbons have to be readily available, aka NO PAPPY VAN WINKLES! 2. I had to have tried the item if I have suggested it. So the following are listed in no particular order, except for #1, because at its higher price point, it could be a Christmas present by itself.

Here is the list. What do you think? Agree, Disagree? I do have a few suggestions if one or two of these are not available at the bottom of the post.

12. Ancient Age
11. Blanton’s
10. Jim Beam Black
9.  1792
8.  Makers Mark
7.  Hudson Baby Bourbon
6.  Knob Creek
5.  Noah’s Mill
4.  Four Roses Single Barrel
3. Buffalo Trace
2.  Eagle Rare, 10year
1. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon

***Some substitutions could include the Jefferson's Presidential, Bakers, Elijah Craig 12 year, Bulleit, Woodford, Willet Pot Still and Maker's 46.***