Place to get scotch samples or a sampler set in NYC?
I was getting ready to buy a scotch sampler set off of a UK-based site (http://www.masterofmalt.com/country/s...) for my husband's birthday when the one I wanted sold out. I've trolled the web but can't seem to find any information on places in NYC that sell Scotch samples. I know little to nothing about Scotch (except that he likes it) so a set with multiple varieties would be ideal. Anyone know of a place that sells this? Thanks!
Keens doesn't sell samples to take home, but they have very nice scotch flight tasting menus (at differing price ranges).
I did the Great Scots tasting last year and really enjoyed it. If you call ahead I'm sure it could be arranged to have a credit card on file so that there's no bill at the end of the tasting.
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018
How much does your husband like scotch? I'm a big fan of scotch and usually have a variety of bottles around at any time. If I got one of the samplers that you're looking at as a gift, I would sigh, thank the giver and when no one was looking, shove the box into the back of a closet to use for emergencies I guess. A sampler has 5 bottles of 3 centiliters. Enough for a few sips each. Total volume looks to be about the equivalent about 1/5 of a standard bottle (a fifth) so you're getting a twenty fifth?Looking at the price and adding in shipping, I'm guessing a sampler will run you at least 40USD which is not a good value. Is that how much you want to spend? For that price you can pick up a decent bottle of a single malt. If you can spend a little more, say $65 you can get a 15 year old Balvenie. I've never had anyone turn up their nose at that. If your husband really loves scotch a lot and you really love him a lot, the Balvenie 21 at $175 is a truly special bottle.