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Talking whiskey at the bar

August 09, 2006

It has been said that true whiskey snobs wouldn't dare drink top-notch firewater mixed with cola. Craig Spriggs, general manager at The Corner Pub in Hagerstown and a whiskey know-it-all in his own right, said that it's really a matter of personal taste.

Still, Spriggs said throwing out a few terms when placing that whiskey order will make you look a bit more sophisticated:

· If you tell the bartender, "I'd like my whiskey neat," that means you're getting it in a rocks glass with no ice. "Just straight up whiskey," Spriggs said.

· If you order it "on the rocks with a back," it means you're getting it with ice and a separate glass of cola. "That cleanses the palate," Spriggs said. So don't think of it as a chaser.

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· If you order whiskey on the rocks at a pub in Ireland, "you might get run out of the bar," Spriggs said, adding that the water used to make ice might be of questionable quality in some foreign places.

By Erick Gibson/Staff Photographer

Whiskey on the rocks is available at The Corner Pub in Hagerstown, but don't order it in Ireland.

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