Monster in a Box
We know you've been meaning to acquire all sorts of esoteric Scotch knowledge so no one laughs anymore when you try to pronounce “Islay.” There's a way to look like you know your way around the Inner Hebrides however without losing sleep over it. Compass Box, a no-nonsense artisanal Brit whiskymaker, bypasses the mumbo jumbo in favor of a simple statement expressing the character of the spirit: take our favorite from their core range, the smoked-out Peat Monster.
Now Compass Box is broadening its offerings on our side of the sink. While specialties like Morpheus, a bespoke bottling for London's famed Milroy's of SoHo, still require airline tickets, with a little legwork you *can* get your hands on some limited release Flaming Heart, which is every bit as big and rich as it sounds. Down a bottle of this and you really will be ready for 18 holes at the Machrie. Just remember to bring your Barbour undershorts.
- Jared Paul Stern