I've always been partial to highland scotches - a bit smoother and less smoky with hints of honey, but Lord Jesus the price of a decent bottle here is ridiculous, most of the price being taxes. So yeah, we have socialized medicine but enjoying alcohol is getting expensive as shit. Even the price of a pint is getting stupid - right now a "cheap" pint is between $7-$8. The irony is that there are so many microbreweries in Toronto now and so many good beers. On the plus side, my locals serve real pints, not those pissy 16 ouncers some bars call pints. I just completed my annual try-not-to-drink month. I did pretty good - drank on a couple of occasions, but for the first couple of weeks I was kinda testy. Not Monkey-type cuntery I'm sure, but less genial then usual. Grimly enough, during that month a friend finally succumbed to alcoholism. It's a real buzz kill watching someone drink themselves to death. It was sad though -not a bad guy, just couldn't (or wouldn't) do anything for himself.