If you like Scotch – and we know very few men of taste who do not – then a visit to Scotland to sample the stuff at its source is probably somewhere on your bucket list.
Prepare to move it up to the top.
We just came back from a heroic tour of several of the country's most distinguished distilleries with stops along the way for feeling up tweeds, driving Defenders and kicking back in the libraries of various castles.
Here are the highlights:
A stylish gent at the Aberfeldy distillery's visitor's center. Aberfeldy is the "heart malt" of Dewar's White Label.
Aberfeldy casks outside the distillery, founded in 1898.
A special edition GlenDronach 18 year matured in sherry casks and named for the distillery's founded.
The polished brass "spirit safe" at GlenDronach where the new make spirit is tested.
The Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, founded in 1840 and now owned by Campari.
Precious Glen Grant 50 year old enjoyed at the spring that is the distillery's water source.
The library at Drummuir Castle, a private castle maintained by Johnnie Walker's parent company Diageo for VIP visitors.
The company Defender at House of Bruar in Pitlochry, home to acres of tweed.
Display of gentleman's country clothing at House of Bruar.
The Strathisla distillery in Speyside, established in 1786, which makes the "heart malt" of Chivas Regal.
The bar of the Craigellachie Hotel in Speyside, built in 1893.
The Highland Park distillery on Orkney, built in 1798, makes some of the finest whisky in the world.
Peat in the kiln at Highland Park which gives the whisky a smoky note.
Balfour Castle on Orkney, a private refuge that can be rented out complete with servants and gourmet chef.
The cozy library at Balfour Castle where gentlemen enjoy their drams.
Glenmorangie in Ross-shire, built in 1843 and now owned by LVMH.
Whisky aging in the warehouse at Glenmorangie.
Drams awaiting sampling in Glenmorangie's still house.
A Land Rover Defender at Loch Lomond Shooting School outside Glasgow.
A Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea from Bob's Watches, our timepiece for the trip, with a rare bottle of Laphroaig 30 year old.
Peat is an important component of the malts at the precious Bowmore distillery on Islay, especially the "darkest" 15-year-old.
A rare dram of "Black Arts" single malt, the exact recipe of which is secret, at Bruichladdich on Islay.
Homespun tweeds and awaiting a tailor's attention at the historic Islay Woolen Mill.
The iconic Lagavulin distillery on Islay makes some of the world's smokiest Scotch.