Who’s Doing Shots At J.R.’s?

Jim Rowson’s guided single-malt tour.

By Brian McManus
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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.”

Redbreast, $8

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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