For too many young people first coming into the national drinking age of 21, alcohol is a means to a silly end. They are “drinking to get drunk” and are not at all versed in how to truly appreciate the balance of tastes and flavors, as well as a reasonable buzz of the finer liquors out there. Your average young person will walk up to a bar and ask for a shot, not to notice the variety of flavors present in a fine scotch whiskey, but because they want to impress their friends simply with how much they can imbibe. Meanwhile, the process that goes into aging and developing a single malt scotch whiskey is meticulous and hard earned. Not being able to notice all of the work that goes into the best booze is a genuine waste of the talents and quality ingredients that distillers are using to make the beverages.
This is why some have suggested that, rather than avoiding the subject of drinking with people below the legal age, discussing what is worth appreciating about the finer whiskeys and scotches might make for more responsible and educated drinkers when their time comes. The exposure to single malt whiskey, single malt scotch and any other alcohol from the media is generally a glorification of drinking to get drunk. Undercutting this by showing what a casual and responsible drinker looks like is sort of vital for parents hoping to keep their kids from drinking dangerously.
Scotches and whiskeys, for most people, are an acquired taste. Developing a palate is first a part of properly understanding drinking. You will probably not actually enjoy single malt scotch and whiskey unless someone explains the complexities of taste. The idea of rushing through a shot of whiskey comes from people finding the drink to be too strong. Showing them that those strong tastes can be thrilling and enjoyable may take some time, but you will likely end up with someone who appreciates a good drink rather than one who simply hopes to get hammered.
For years advertisements for alcohol brands have asked people to “drink responsibly” but have never really depicted things in that context. People in commercials are having wild parties and behaving badly. It is important to take the drinking responsibly training into your own hands as a parent and also as a person who can appreciate a good single malt scotch.