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I didn't really know where else to go to post this so I hope I can get some good answers! Tomorrow is my 28th birthday. Who cares about that. The bigger event is that tomorrow my wife and I (well, technically just my wife) are having an ultrasound and will be finding out the gender of our baby. Soooo, being a neophyte when it comes to scotch/whiskey I thought I would open it up to all of you to find 1) what is the difference between scotch/whiskey, 2) which is "better", and 3) where can I go in Boston (I live in Rozzie) to find a good bottle of something that won't cost me the yet-to-be-born kid's college tuition and the people won't make me feel like an idiot for being an idiot about this stuff.

Is this too tall an order?

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  1. Scotch is a *type* of whiskey, as I understand it (and I'm no whiskey expert by any means).

    So.... scotch is to whiskey as lager is to beer....as Merlot is to wine.. Capisce?

    Can't help with you finding a packie in Rozzie but others will chime in I'm sure.

    Congratulations, and make sure there's only root beer in Mom's glass.

    1. Atlas is a pretty good medium of selection of bourbon, single malts, a few ryes or two, and blendeds. Your questions about the difference are better either for the spirits board or the shop ("better" is a matter of taste). At least in Medford the Atlas is pretty good overall for explanations and they don't have any issues with neophyte's. Liquor Land in the South End is very close to closing (again), but has the best overall selection, but if you are in Roslindale, I would try Atlas.

      1. both Macy's and Blanchard's on Centre st. in W. Rox have decent selections.

        1. Gary's Liquors on the VFW has a very good selection of Single Malt Scotch if that is what you are looking for. Other than there, Macy's is ok. The staff at Macy's is Aces

          1. If you're not a big whiskey drinker, I'd get a nice bottle of bourbon. Cheaper than a nice bottle of scotch and easier to drink. Try Woodford Reserve or Buffalo Trace.