Hahah. Not a pro, just bored and living in a place where TGI Friday's is considered a "good bar." And I read an unhealthy number of cocktail and food blogs. Coffee porter sounds delicious. I really love a good beer, but I find all the classifications and the like confusing. Usually, I just close my eyes and point at the nearest dark microbrew, or Guinness or Killian's if microbrews don't exist at the restaurant. Shockingly, this strategy hasn't failed me yet. Probably because I don't get beer out much. This will change when we move to Boston, I'm sure. D:
Gee Willikers Scotch. I never took much notice of it until I had Glenmoragie 10yr at an Irish pub a little while back. And then the heavens fucking opened. XD I concur about the price, though. I can't bring myself to buy anything lesser, and I can't afford the good stuff. No Scotch for Girl.
The smoky martini sounds amazing, though. (Maybe it's a martini? It hits all the same notes as a classic and doesn't have disqualifying syrupy crap added. This bears investigation!) It might force me to buy a bit of the blended stuff. Do you use bitters in that at all?
yay!! i'm glad i didn't get raked over the coals for my 'martini'!!
and yes, the smoky martini is absolutely lovely. i haven't tried it with bitters, but i might have to, now that you mention it. if you're ever in TO at some point, we'll have drinks... i'll take you to all sorts of bars that are infinitely (and i don't use that word lightly) better than a TGI Friday (shudders).
plus, we can have scotch. i adore Glenmorangie... it's one of my favourites! i also love Balvenie, Dalwhinnie, and a classic Glenfiddich. when i changed jobs a while back a number of my friends/coworkers pooled together and bought me an 18 year old Glenfiddich that made me cry (not just the gesture, which was lovely!).
oooh! and if you make it up here, i'll take you to the Mill St. Microbrew... it's in the distillery district of TO... the coffee porter is seriously worth the trip!!
(@ Azrael: i actually tried a classic martini last night because i went to a fabulous bar that had really excellent ingredients, and you're right. Vermouth is a LOT better when it's higher end... i really enjoyed that!)