Jim Rowson’s guided single-malt tour.
J.R.’s favorite, he likes to cut it with soda water so as not to get drunk as quickly while manning the bar. “It reminds me of my firstborn,” he says after taking a sip. “Like anything good ...” He also stocks the 18-year. It’s $12.
Famous Grouse, $10
J.R.’s daughter went to Trinity College in Ireland. While visiting, J.R. couldn’t find a bar that served single malt. It was all Irish whiskey, naturally. Finally he found one that stocked Famous Grouse, and the love affair began. “I drank it every day of a 31 day trip there once.”
A glass of Redbreast will cost you $22 at Village Whiskey. It used to be $6 at J.R.’s but once he read what Garces was getting for it he raised the price two bones. Not a single malt Scotch, but an Irish whiskey, one of J.R.’s favorite. “Like angels on your tongue,” he says after a taste. “It’s so smooth.” But that’s not all J.R. likes about it. “It’ll make your nipples red!” he says, laughs, and pokes me in the ribs with his elbow.
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