The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week Christopher Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge in Phoenix shares his favorite places to get loaded -- er, to sip Scotch.
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By Christopher Gross
Scotch was a drink that I could not stand. When I was 21, I thought I liked whisky on the rocks, and while working in London, we had a very busy night and the chef offered all the cooks a drink, and I asked for a whisky rocks. When he gave it to me, I sniffed it and said very politely, "Chef this is scotch," and he said, "Yes" and then I said, "But I really wanted a whisky," and after a few go arounds of this he finally said, "Sorry, all whisky is scotch here and we don't have any of your bloody American or Canadian stuff here so drink it" -- which I did.
It wasn't till about 10 years later I was given a glass of Islay (the area where these whiskys are from) whisky and with all the things that you smell in it, I suddenly liked it.
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