September Scotch: Benriach Distillery’s Malting Season and Smoke Season

Exploring flavorsome limited edition expressions from the Speyside single malt scotch brand

Not all headline-worthy limited edition single malt scotch whiskies cost tens of thousands of dollars. Two recent releases from acclaimed Speyside whisky-maker Benriach—Malting Season, which first debuted in October 2021 and is now in its second annual edition, and the magnificently unexpected Smoke Season—retail for $150 and $60 respectively. Both of these expressions impress by way of the noticeable attention to craft that defines the liquid, and …

September Scotch: Aston Martin + Bowmore ARC-52

A rare 52-year-old single malt scotch whisky in an eye-catching vessel designed by the luxury automaker

Anchored in heritage but defined by a quest for innovation, the ongoing collaboration between historic Islay single malt scotch brand Bowmore and English luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin now culminates with Bowmore’s Aston ARC-52. Bowmore’s master blender, Ron Welsh, developed the ultra-rare 52-year-old single malt scotch whisky, and Aston Martin’s team designed the futuristic, sculptural vessel that houses it. As the name implies, the bottle is arc-shaped, with …

September Scotch: Malbec-Finished Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Estancia Edition

Bright, bold and delicious, a spirit that celebrates Argentina

Through our annual September Scotch series, we aim to chronicle noteworthy new additions (that we’ve tasted ourselves) to the ever-expanding and highly competitive whisky world. From a modern “lighthouse” and its limited release liquid to an 80-year-old single malt, this year provided many milestone expressions from Scotland’s distilleries. And one of the most flavorful of them all happens to be the first edition of Royal Salute‘s …