If you're at a loss for what to get Dad this Father's Day, The Second Floor Restaurant has a suggestion: scotch. But not just any scotch. The good stuff. And for dads on their big day, all of it's 50 percent off.
That means a $140 Macallan 25 pour for $70, a $56 Johnnie Walker Blue pour for $28 and a $64 Chivas 25 pour for $32. (See, we know how to divide by two.) And that's just a few of the more than 100 bottles of Scotch that The Second Floor boasts.
"We have such a great collection and I love the fact that the gift comes with what Dad really wants...time with you," says Gina Gottlich, sommelier at The Second Floor and Bijoux (and chef Scott Gottlich's wife).
The deal is good 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, and, if you're not sure what you're looking for, you can check out their scotch flights and taste scotches from different regions, different distilling styles or different years from a specific distillery.
"Getting these standard to super-premium and allocated scotches at half-off is such a good deal. You are able to splurge and even experiment without breaking the bank."
After the jump, we pick Gottlich's brain to find out a little more about scotch, which, face it, most of us don't know a heck of a lot about.
What is it about scotch in particular that attracts people? It has such a luxurious mouth feel, but also has super-masculine qualities to it that are very unique. If you tell a scotch drinker, "Try this one, it tastes like a Band-Aid," they would go "Ahh...wonderful!"
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Can you explain in layman's terms what single malt means? Single refers to the fact that it's made by a single distillery and in a single batch (not a blend). Malt refers to the fact that it's made out of malted barley.
How does the average person go about choosing a scotch? In general, I think the average person goes for a name that they recognize, like Macallan or Dewars. I think that the "scotch drinker" usually has a favorite. They will sometimes experiment. But if they are a Lagavulin drinker, that is usually what they will want.
Can you elucidate what it means when one talks about the complexity and varieties of scotch? The biggest difference between scotches is either a single malt or a blend. A single malt is more of a specific taste, showcasing the region where it comes from and the talent of the distiller. Blended scotches are more approachable and "smooth," showcasing the talent of blending. Single malts are specifically unique because they also have the flavors of the region they are from, similar to terroir, climate, soil, etc., that wine is know for. For example, Scotches from Islay, a "coastal" scotch region, are much more intense and aggressive than say a Speyside scotch, which is an inland region, with less effects of the sea.