thx Longmorn for the PC10 comment, it was a gaelic, but turns out the sale expired weeks before, so I will wait for the next sale as things don't seem to move very fast. I did get a chance to talk to the whisky buyer, who bemoaned that he couldn't buy the good stuff and that the selection was down from 250 bottles a few years ago to 100 (which I've noticed as well). In the meantime I used that allotment to pick up two Ardgegs from my other local shop -- Corryvreckan and Ardbog; the former of which I very much like -- well balanced malt, peat, alcohol. The Ardbog seems not nearly peaty/smoky as advertised.
As to the advent calendars-- last year I gifted myself with one from Master of Malt. It was great fun and a great chance to try quite a few new brands, even if the most exclusive samples didn't live up to the hype.
Edit: yikes, that glass looks quite dirty in the picture despite seeming clear IRL. Sorry, I will be sure to clean well tomorrow. (And yes that's this thread in the background.)