What is Scotch?
Scotch is technically whisky (spelled without the "e") that has been distilled and matured in Scotland. It is made mostly from malted barley -- remember, bourbon is made from corn. Scotch, in layman's terms, tastes a lot like bourbon, but with a trademark "bite" dragging along the back of your tasting. This is the reason some people stay away from Scotch, but for others, it's an acquired taste that only makes the experience richer. One things for sure: amateurs should not start with Scotch.
Scotch tastes like: Rubber, wood, fire, dirt, and leather -- but in a good way. A great way, actually.
Brands you should know: Cutty Sark, Glenlivet, Johnnie Walker, Macallan