Drink of the week: St. Paul Grill's single malt scotch selection


Single malt scotch selection St. Paul Grill 350 Market St., St. Paul 651.224.7455 website

photos by Steve Neuharth

There are some places where the atmosphere of the room provides the guide to selecting your drink. While I stumbled into the St. Paul Grill to peruse their cocktail menu, this was clearly a place where scotch is meant to be drunk.

By letting our bartender Al chose, we ended up with the perfect selection-- Laphroaig 15 year, a barrel-aged beauty. This scotch was smokey, like a campfire, rich with oak and just a hint of fruit. The ultra-smooth finish had absolutely no burn; it is enlightening (and addictive) to know that amber fluids can be this nice. This scotch made me crave a snowstorm just so I could sit at this bar in this most charming part of Downtown St. Paul, swirling my snifter, talking to friends and just taking it all in.