Straight up and Neat
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch
Once upon a time I visited Edinburgh, Scotland on a little adventure during an exciting time, the Fringe Festival. I had never really tasted a good scotch before and as on all my trips, I love to taste the local cuisine and drinks. This day, however, I had no idea what I should choose. As I sat myself down in a very busy little bar on the Royal Mile, a cute, young twenty-one-year-old bartender asked me what I would like to drink. I explained my dilemma and asked his advice. This is what he said. “A good single malt scotch is the best. What would you like? A 7-year-old scotch?”
I said, “What is better than a 7-year-old scotch? He said there was a 14-year-old scotch, but if I really wanted a good scotch there was a 21-year-old scotch, but it cost a lot of money. I asked how much. It wasn’t that much. I purchased my shot of 21-year-old scotch from the handsome 21-year-old Scot, proceeded to sit outside at the tables to watch the entertainers and carry on a wonderful conversation with an 80-year-old Scotsman who joined me at my table. It turned out to be an amazing afternoon.
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