Humphrey Bogart loved scotch. In fact, some of his last words were actually, "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis." If you're a lover of scotch too, take that relationship to the next level with a distiller's edition from one of the six classic malts of Scotland, each from one of the country's main whisky-producing regions. These distinctive editions start off like any other scotch, aging in large oak casks. But in the end, a master distiller removes the few barrels he finds to have special or unique traits and transfers them into fortified wine casks (which were previously used for sherry or port) for a second maturation of several months. Those casks are the key to the distiller's editions sweeter and more complex flavors. Here's looking at you kid.
Ruby port casks
Very smooth with hints of peat and wood; a light finish with final notes of vanilla.
$89, at Master of Malt
Pedro Ximenez sherry casks
Very smooth and spicy, with notes of cherry and almonds; a smoky finish with lots of peat.
$110, at K&L