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A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE
LOOK THE PART
A true gentleman dresses the part. A lack of knowledge here could be the birth of all kinds of disaster before even leaving the house. He should have a look so sharp he could butcher a songbird with it.
KNOW YOUR TWEED
MEET THE HALF WINDSOR KNOT
DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
BUTTON DOWN CLASSIC WINGTIP
BOAT SHOE WINGTIP BROGUE OXFORD
WALK THE WALK
Show your class. A true gent greets the host and waiter by name. He doesn't eat his oysters with a soup spoon. He understand the menu and knows the difference between the rib eye and the sirloin steak.
DINNER FORK DINNER KNIFE
SALAD FORK SALAD KNIFE
BREAD KNIFE SOUP SPOON
The cosmopolitan gentleman toasts with his guests in their native tongue.
MASTER THE BAR
A discerning gentleman knows his Ardbeg from his Monkey Shoulder and his Glenfiddich from his Yamazaki. For those more acquainted with a JD and Coke, here's a guide to drinking Whisky.
Take your time - a connoisseur doesn't rush his aperitifs and digestifs. Good whisky flavours linger on the palate for hours
Ask for a 'wee dram' - an old-school Scottish word meaning "a measure"
Gently swirl and smell - be careful with the first sniff mind
Add a splash of water - this opens up the flavours and gives your palette a chance to taste them
Don't dismiss blends as inferior whiskies - Some of the best whiskies in the world are blended e.g. Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Don't drink whisky with your meal - Whisky is best enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif
Use mixers - this is the best way to ruin a good whisky
Drive home - it only takes a few wee drams to put you well over the legal limit
"In a modern world - the very finest from ages past"