It's crossed my mind recently that learning to appreciate the finer points of a good whisky is somewhat analagous to learning to appreciate good audio equipment. When we're talking nose, body, pallate, finish, balance etc, its almost as alien to the casual observer as talking about headstage, transparency, warmth etc. Personally, I like a good Scotch - single malts from the Islay region being amoung my favourites. I can appreciate good stuff from elsewhere, although I admit to being biased in favour of malt whisky in general. Anyone else think run-of-the mill Jack Daniels, Jamesons and Famous Grouse are the ibuds, Skullcandies and Bose of the whisk(e)y world? Edit: Hmm... Come to think of it, this might have been more suited to the Members Lounge.