Single malt whisky aficionados are forever seeking rare, little-known distillations. Typically, these exclusive whiskies must be sourced through specialty distilleries in Scotland or, here in the U.S., by way of groups like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America.
Now, whisky fans -- or planners seeking corporate gifts or unique stock for a tasting event -- can pick up fine single malts at duty-free outlets. New to the market: The Macallan 1824 Collection (themacallan.com). Four distillations are in the collection, priced from $53 to $2,000.
The Sunrise, Fla.-based Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America (smwsa.com) can arrange corporate tastings nationwide for a minimum of 100 people. Tastings typically feature five different single malts, all exclusive brands from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh, as well as a buffet or hors d'oeuvres. Pricing starts at around $10,000.
Maddie Shayne, SMWSA's director of corporate events, cautions that tastings should not last longer than two to two-and-a-half hours, "because then it becomes a drunkfest."