When ordering scotch, it’s often important to indicate how you’d like it. There are really only two choices in the scotch world:
- Neat means you want the scotch without anything else.
- On the Rocks means you want the scotch served with ice.
If you use any other terms, you’ll just confuse the bartender. If you forget which is which, just explain it and the bartender will gladly serve it the way you like it.
If you’re at home and want it neat but a little chilled, consider whisky stones. A little chill but no water.
Does my glassware matter?
It won’t matter when it comes to serving your scotch neat or on the rocks, though you might have trouble getting ice into the classic Glencairn glasses. I personally prefer Glencairn glasses or Reidel’s Vinum Single Malt Whiskey glasses (though they are much pricier) but either will be fine. Glassware tends to matter mostly in the nose and ice won’t accentuate, or reduce, that in any way in any glass.
You won’t often see these glasses at bars, given how expensive they are, but if you enjoy scotch at home with any regularity then they are worth the investment!