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The Scotch Single Malt Whisky Bar of Distinction

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(With purposeful intent, only the Scotch Single Malt Whisky is considered in this document.)

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The qualitative guidelines and requirements for a personal bar that merits The Scotch Doc's "Scotch Single Malt Bar of Distinction," is almost identical to the commercial bar. The major exception is the total number of malts that are required and the commercial advertising website. Because the number and scope of the consumers of the private home bar, small company or corporate bar is smaller, the variety and depth of inventory required is less.

In addition to the variety and quality of beverages in the bar inventory, the knowledge of the owner/host dispensing these complex beverages, and relating to his/her guests, is also important. It should be remembered that in most instances, the Scotch single malt aficionado is an intellectual. The objective of this individual is more than to simply satisfy a thirst or to become inebriated. His objective is to investigate, learn and appreciate the many unique characteristics and nuances that are inherently a part of the character and pedigree of the Scotch single malt. Indeed, not only is he an intellectual but he is a gastronome of the highest order. He does not drink the Scotch single malt. To the contrary, he experiences this unique and ancient nectar with each sip being something akin to an intimate experience.

The objectives of the individual(s) and/or companies who are willing to expend the time and allocate the space and financial resources to qualify for a Scotch Doc-certified "Scotch Single Malt Bar of Distinction" are, indeed, special. Such objectives may include:

  • The availability of a "diverse selection" of Scotch single malts for personal enjoyment.

  • The basic innate desire to "have the best" personal bar in the neighborhood.
  • The ability to "impress" clients and friends.
  • The desire to "present an image of distinction" and "exceptional taste."

Whatever the individual motives of the proprietor of a Scotch Single Malt Bar of Distinction, more than an "accumulation" of bottles of Scotch Single Malt Whisky is required. In fact, a random hoard of alcoholic beverages is not only crude and crass, it is the first indication of a host who is uneducated in the nuances of the alcoholic beverage and lacks the skills of bar management and hosting. It should be remembered that a large, "intelligently selected collection" of Scotch single malts is not a hoard. To the contrary, it is a smorgasbord and gastronomic library of alcoholic beverages that are selected to represent the broadest range of pedigrees of the most complex and culturally entwined alcoholic spirit of all. With an investment of a few hours of time and study, the other associated investments will pay exceptionally higher dividends.

There are hundreds of Scotch single malts currently available to the consumer. They are most commonly identified by the distillery from which they come, their proof and by their age. With the ever-increasing astuteness and interest level of the connoisseur, however, knowledge of several other characteristics of the single malt is required. The well-motivated bar owner may, therefore, desire to be able to address questions pertaining to the geographical location in which the Scotch single malt was distilled and have a knowledge of the "types" of casks in which the malt was matured. There may, also, be an interest in being able to discuss the "size and shape" of the "pot still" in which the malt was distilled. Questions pertaining to the general flavor characteristics that are imparted and influenced by the environment and geographical region in which the Scotch single malt was distilled, and/or matured, and other such questions may also be of interest. A bar owner of a Scotch Doc certified "Scotch Single Malt Bar of Distinction" is more than an individual who can open a bottle, pour a measure of alcohol and mix a combination of ingredients. He is able to host knowledge-based conversations for friends and clients requesting such information. The bar and proprietor that earns The Scotch Doc's certified "Scotch Single Malt Bar of Distinction" provides his friends and associates considerably more than a drink of whisky. He provides them with an exciting and intellectual experience.

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