Please forgive me for what is probably a dumb question, but I am new to
Scotch drinking. I have a few recipe books & have tried the different
mixes you can do with Scotch, but there is one I cannot find any info on
except for when people just call it "Scotch Neat".
Is this a mix? Is it just straight? Is it cold? Is it hot?
Can someone post exactly what "Scotch Neat" means? Also, can anyone post
their favorite "personal" mixed drinks or their own recipes? If you don't
mind sharing. I like Scotch & Vernors Ginger Ale ice cold myself.
Neat means the whisky in a glass, no ice and nothing added to it.
IMHO, drinking any fine whisky any other way than neat or perhaps with
a splash of water is a waste. After all, you do want to taste it,
Thank you for the "neat" description. I agree to drink straight, but I do
like a splash of soda every once in a while. Either that or ginger ale.
When sipping a single malt? Straight is the way to go.
To the original poster, as a response to the above, I will add that
99.9% of this newsgroup would agree with the above. GOOD Scotch is
Also, if you are "just getting started" with Scotch, there is a lot to
learn. This is an extremely knowledgeable group of people, who is
happy to share its knowledge with anyone who asks. This is not a
pretentious group, although it may seem that way; rather, I think that
enthusiasts generally agree on what is good, because it IS good.
Here are a few general things about scotch that may help you:
1) Scotch BLENDS (such as Johnnie Walker, Chivas, and others) are much
different than Scotch SINGLE MALTS. Most enthusiasts prefer single
malts, because of their unique and extraordinary characteristics.
However, 95% of the market is blends, and most of that 95% is not
interested in "pondering" their booze. If you are interested enough to
post here, you may have what it takes!
2) Most people who drink whisky to "taste" prefer it without
additives, and some people like a drop or two (literally) of water,
which is said to bring out the aroma of the whisky. Some purists argue
3) Whisky tasting is a lot like wine tasting, but a little easier to
understand, because there are fewer types of whisky than wine. Like
wine, price does not always match quality, and certainly fame does not
equal quality. However, you sort of get what you pay for. With a few
exceptions, the good stuff costs around $35 USD and up per bottle ($50
is a rough average), but you can get drinkable stuff (blends) for
around $20. Johnnie Walker Red, and comparable products, are not meant
to be "savored" or "tasted"--these are made for mixing with soda to
4) Unless your initials are MJ or JM, whisky is fun, not science. If
you like what you've had thus far, read on, drink up, and start saving
Best of Luck,
Neat and strait all the way. I don't even like adding a drop of water.
And never ice. And there's nothing like the feeling you get when you walk
out of a store with an expensive bottle of scotch, one thats been sitting in
a cask for 12 or more years. And writing this has just put me in the mood
for a dram of my favorite single malt - Highland Park 12. Maybe I'll have a
dram in honor of Lance Armstrong.
Lance is a self-professed beer appreciator...but if you, like I, got
up at 4:30 everyday to watch the Tour, or if you (assuming you are a
cyclist) upped your training significantly (17.5 hours for me this
week), you may deserve a toast for yourself!
Ah, my three favorite subjects, whisky, beer, and bicycling!
I celebrated Lance's victory with a 35-mile ride on my recumbent bike, had
lunch at a brewpub (Moylans in Novato Calif) and toasted him with a dram of
13-year old Signatory Highland Park while watching the podium ceremony
later last evening.