Adventures in Advent: Patton Oswalt’s Daily Whiskey and Short Story Pairing

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Every day during Advent, Patton Oswalt is offering up a pairing of rare whiskey and literature — the kind of meditation we all could use leading up to the holidays.

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Oswalt is really just documenting a trend in hipster Advent calendars that, we have to admit, are pretty brilliant.  The first, Short Story Advent Calendar, offers up a story a day from authors like Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Sheila Heti, Katie Coyle, and Charles Demers.

The whiskey, too, comes from a calendar, this one put together by Master of Malt, a U.K.-based company that sells sample sets and individual samples of products you probably really want to taste, but might not want enough to purchase a bottle. They come in one-ounce measures — enough for a few sips while reading.

The pairing of the two is all Oswalt. But while he’s been sharing the pairings nightly, he’s been uncharacteristically closed-lipped and closed-Tweeted about what he thinks. Maybe he wants you to find out for yourself, or he’s just too busy enjoying the experience to live Tweet it.

Either way, he’s not making this too heavy. You don’t have to take it seriously either — meaning you can start late. Though the short story calendar is sold out, you can still purchase the whiskey Advent calendar here.

You’ll just have to do a little catching up, which really doesn’t sound so bad.

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