There are plenty of ways to convey the story behind a spirit. Sometimes, the liquid speaks for itself, giving subtle nods to what it was aged in, for how long and even what region it hails from. And while that can be said of the three single malts featured in John Dewar & Sons’ limited edition tomes, the story behind each has been expounded upon with a series of oftentimes useful accoutrements. Toward the end of 2015, Dewar’s made three of its malts—Deveron 12, Aultmore 12 and Royal Brackla 12, all a part of their Last Great Malts series—available to most for the first time. To highlight each distinct scotch further, they’ve constructed an oversized book-style gift set based on the three individually. With only 100 of each available, they’re a little piece of history worth grabbing hold of.
Of the three, Royal Brackla’s iteration stands out most of all. The heavily sherried spirit itself (aged for 12 years) carries a complex, fruit-driven force. And yet, there’s definitely vanilla notes before an array of spice. Its set comes complete with two crystal-cut rocks glasses, a kit that aids in interpreting the scotch’s sensory experience, and a silver letter-opener (a reference to slicing open the royal warrant the northern Highlands distillery received back in 1883). The Aultmore set features another smokeless, elegant single malt, Aultmore 12, which calls to mind green fruits and grass—there’s also a little spice and citrus. The box sports a signature Glencairn glass, a UV light and a cryptex—and an accompanying book on the distillery origins. Rounding out the three, the Deveron 12 box from MacDuff distillery comes with a watch and a signature Glencairn glass. As for the single malt, it’s lighter and also fruity, with a honey sweetness upfront leading to a short, dry finish.
All three single malt tomes are available through Reserve Bar, with prices starting at $500.
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