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Putting the Scot in Scottsdale

You can't spell Scottsdale without Scot, so it’s only fitting that one of the country’s great golf destinations, Scottsdale, now has a world-class Scotch Library at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. It opened last week with the presentation of a $22,000 bottle of 50-year-old Glenfiddich single malt, or $1,000 per ounce, $1,800 for a double. The library will contain more than 100 single malts and 25 blends imported from all six whisky regions of Scotland and representing nearly half of all currently operating distilleries. The two-ounce pours are priced from $10 to $475 for the Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, a limited edition ultra-premium blend from Pernod Ricard that is named for the 62 gun salute fired for royal anniversaries. Scotch “lockers” are also available for the most dedicated of Scotch lovers to store their private bottles, while "Scotch Ambassadors" dressed in kilts are on hand to help with choices and offer tips on how best to enjoy “the water of life.” The resort also will host a series of Master Tastings, hour-long events that will feature an expert from one of the leading Scotch producers. Buz Dabkowski from The Macallan and Highland Park distilleries will host the first one on January 15 and 16 and serve up two 15-year and two 18-year selections. Cost: $50 per person. Call 480-624-1202 or email dining@kierlandresort.com.

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