Lagavulin Distillers Edition

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Michael Kraus

Smoke and butterscotch, dried fruit and leather: This delicious spirit is what happens when you take an amply peated whisky from the Islay region of Scotland and age it in sherry casks, which imparts a deep amber hue and a winey suppleness. A special bottling that's not much costlier than the distillery's 16-year-old single malt, this is a scotch for the end of the evening, for contemplative moments, for a treat.

Lagavulin Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky, $90 for a 750ml bottle at Amazon.com