PER­FECT 10

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The get­aways our ed­i­tors are dream­ing of this year in­clude sam­pling the culi­nary scene in Copen­hagen, grab­bing a slice of his­tory in Si­cily, and rid­ing clas­sic cars through South­east Asia.

If the Bruich­lad­dich dis­tillery on the Scot­tish is­land of Is­lay is best known for its an­nual Oc­to­more it­er­a­tions—lim­ited-edi­tion, peaty sin­gle-malt whiskies that are dis­tinct in fla­vor thanks to the ever-chang­ing as­sem­blage of casks in which they are ma­tured and fin­ished—the lat­est such re­lease from the brand prom­ises to bol­ster that rep­u­ta­tion. The Oc­to­more Mas­ter­class 08.2 ($200, avail­able ex­clu­sively in duty-free shops world­wide; bruich­lad­dich.com) is a re­fined whisky char­ac­ter­ized by mat­u­ra­tion in casks that once held a va­ri­ety of grape-based li­ba­tions.

At its core, Mas­ter­class 08.2 is a mar­riage of spir­its ma­tured for 6 years in sec­ond-fill casks that held Sauternes, Mourvè­dre, and Aus­trian sweet wine. Those whiskies were then vat­ted and ma­tured for an ad­di­tional 2 years in first-fill bar­rels that held amarone. The spir­its’ in­ter­ac­tion with those amarone-soaked casks is largely re­spon­si­ble for the whisky’s at­trac­tive rus­set-gold hue.

Fruity aro­mas of stewed ap­ples, rasp­ber­ries, and black cur­rants bal­ance the sin­gle malt’s char­ac­ter­is­tic peat smoke. On the palate, cask-im­parted sweet­ness makes the first im­pres­sion and also lingers—a wel­come coun­ter­point to the strength of a whisky bot­tled at a bold 116.8 proof. A touch of wa­ter re­veals flo­ral and cit­rus notes. —SHAUN TOLSON

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