Out of curiosity, what's the verdict on the (seemingly countless number of ) special glasses for liquors like Scotch, bourbon, whatever? I'm no hardcore connoisseur, but if I'm paying top dollar for my booze is it worth my while to pick up a dedicated glass or two?
For whiskey of all sorts, I'm perfectly happy with wine tasting glasses or sherry copitas (almost the same thing). I bought a bunch a few years ago at Pottery Barn for about $3 each. That said, I'm intrigued by the scotch glasses shaped like the Riedels on Amazon (as well as other, similar shapes proffered by the likes of Michael Jackson and Dave Broom). I've only experienced them once, but found that they did a good job of showing the nose while not gathering so many fumes that my eyes watered (like the time I tried an Islay malt in a brandy snifter....). For some reason, I never feel like dropping $22+ each on them when I see them, but I know I'll fold eventually. RJ: regarding Black Bottle--it can be had stateside, though few places carry it (the Wine and Liquor Depot in Los Angeles/Van Nuys sometimes does). I tried it once a while back and don't remember too much about it, which usually means that I enjoyed it well enough, but not enough to buy a bottle.