Originally Posted by kjamesuvic
I'm a pretty young guy, 21 to be exact, but I find myself to be a little more refined and mature than other men my age. My grandfather, rest his soul, drank scotch and I always admired the way he sat on the couch with a glass in his hand. Given that, I feel it's time to carry my tastes into manhood. I'm unsure of where to start, and need some help with direction. What kind of scotch should I buy, Single malt or blended? Should I start drinking it with soda or water and then slowly move towards drinking it straight? Neat or on the rocks? Should I eat before/after/during drinking? One more thing, I am a student so I can't really afford anything over $50. All comments and recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks gentlemen.
Scotch is my spirit of choice. Whenever I recommend a 'starter' scotch I usually rec Cragganmore (<$40) as it is a fine example of a Speyside whisky (that is a whisky from one of the most renown areas) but it is a mild-er scotch than the peat-monster Islays that scotch snobs feel are the only whiskys worth drinking. Cragganmore has one of the most eloquent noses of any whisky I've ever had, however and is in no way lame. But it doesn't have any of the 'extras' that some scotches these days have, like Macallan's heavy sheery notes -- things that cloud the experience of a Scots whisky when you are just starting out. Nor does it have as much peat as a blend like JW Black (which was my first schotch). If you wanted a little bit heavier of a whisky, I think Highland Park 12 is within your budget, and it has a little bit more peat, and is a little fuller than Crag. Not necessarily better (though many would say that) just different -- I like to think that there is a whisky for every mood. I would start tasting straight, but then add some water (most don't go beyond like 10% the volume of the whisky) and see how you like it. I admit I did statt with a lone ice cube, and still do so. Try different things to find what you like!. Enjoy, H