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.