Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal Edition, 43.8%

Price: $350 Issue: Fall 2019 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This presents a mellow bouquet of rich dried fruits, peat smoke, baked sugar on puff pastry, and almond butter cups. The chocolate-orange signature note ebbs and flows, mingling with spices and clove, nuts, dried apricot, caramel, vanilla, and baked apple, ending with a frisson of spice and mild smoke. Understated elegance: this whisky is polished smooth as glass.