Hard on the heels of its 50-year-old expression in honor of master distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky business, The Dalmore released 750 bottles of yet another rare and exceptional spirit: The Dalmore 40 Year Old. Like the 50, this scotch was aged in a mix of casks, starting its maturity in 1977 in American white-oak former bourbon casks before being transferred into 30-year-old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts. The whisky was then finished in first-fill bourbon barrels. All this movement between casks creates layers of flavor and character for which Paterson has become known. The amber liquid is temptingly scented with coffee and candied orange. Gingerbread spice and honey tastes mingle with more citrus, ripe apples, and some licorice. Befitting the delicious jewel within, the crystal decanters were handblown by the glassmakers at Baccarat and decorated with the Scottish Highlands distillery’s signature 12-point stag emblem in silver ($7,500).