Thursday, January 27, 2011

Finding the scotch that you like

From the "scotch flavor map" post, you now have a rough idea about what the different brands of scotch taste like.  But if you are a newcomer still discovering the various flavors, what is the best way to find out what you like before splashing some serious money on a bottle?

In my experience, the easiest way is to find a local bar that carries a nice selection of varieties.  Chat up with the bartender, give them feedback, and let them make suggestions till you find a few that you like. 

                                                                                   A well-stocked bar

Here's a pro-tip for you: don't simply ask for a "scotch".  If you do, they will usually just give you a glass of the cheapest scotch they have, and charge you full price for it.  Always specify.  Many places have a separate menu for scotch, or ask what they have on hand if you are not able to tell what they carry. 

39 comments:

  1. Pour the cheapest scotch and charge you full price... typical bar trick.

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  2. they hustlin us bro! thanks for the advice!

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  4. Great tip! Bartenders trick you sometimes!

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  5. Damn those bartenders can fool you sometimes. That's why you gotta know your scotch :D. I'll rather study scotch on my own instead going to a tricky bartender lol

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  6. Damn Bartendering assholes!!

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  7. Thanks for the tip man. I was thinking about going to a place to try scotch but not a bar. Can you suggest any places like it?

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  8. i'm gonna chat up the owner of the liquor store down the street

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  9. Its good to find people who appreciate drinks. Looking forward to more soon.

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  10. good old bar tricks, nice to know this info :)

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  11. Ah! I appreciate me some scotch. You're a good man thereee.

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  12. just stop drankin

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  13. thanks for the tips. i know nothing about scotch so i usually have a friend order it for me.

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  14. Good recommendation, I've never thought of it like that...

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  16. Pretty good suggestion. Thanks for the tips. I might do this anyway just to see what I might learn.

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  17. I'm actually gonna do this today with a friend of mine! :)

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  18. johnny walker blue label, neat, for me. expensive, yes, but oh so smooth. i know purists might say blended scotch isn't as good as their single malt, but i like it.

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  19. thanks for the tip man ill be sure to never just ask for "scotch"!

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  20. 1. Order Macallan in a bar
    2. All your beer-drinking friends roll their eyes
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    4. Worth it!!

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  21. I've been waiting to go out with friends so that I can do this very thing. Can't wait to see how it differs from regular grain or rye whiskey!

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  22. Wow, that's great to know. Thanks for the tip, I didn't know the world of scotch was so vast.

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  23. Good info! Will try to order a scotch that I'll like!

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  25. I'll be sure to hit up my local pub and see what the bartender says.

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  26. Sometimes at a bar they will charge me double the price if I ask for a name brand compared to just saying scotch. This goes for the 3 or 4 scotch that I like.

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  28. Nice tips, you might just get me into drinking more scotch with these posts.

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  29. Thanks for the tips. I'm usually not a picky person so I'd probably ask for "scotch" alone sadly.

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  30. not much of a scotch guy, i love rum

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  31. Thanks for the bar tip I didn't know that

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  32. Thanks for the tips! I love a good scotch every now and then.

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  33. thanks for the nice suggestion

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  34. In my experience, the best way to sample scotch is to buy a couple of grand worth of bottles with student loan money. That's what I did.

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