Stopped by my local cigar/martini/whisky bar the other night to kill some time. Was looking over their menu with a somewhat limited selection of single malt scotch. Settled on a Glenmorangie 10. This bar has a choice of a 1.5 or 2.5 oz pour. I, of course, requested the 2.5 - only a few $$ more than the small one ($14 vs $10, as I recall.)
Later, when the crowd thinned, some space opened up at the bar, so I moved there to get a better view of the football game on the TV. It was then that I noticed some bottles that weren't on the menu, specifically two more Glemnos. They had recently added the Nectar d'Or and Signet to their offerings, but they hadn't made it to the menu yet. I have already sampled the Nectar, but hadn't tried the Signet so I asked for a small pour.
Imagine my surprise when my tab came and I found out that they were charging $31 for a small pour of the Signet! Now I know this isn't a cheap whisky, and since it wasn't on the menu, probably should have asked the cost, but at the same time I feel that the server probably should have at least mentioned that the Signet cost over 3X what I was currently drinking. I don't know that $31 is a bad price for the Signet, but if I'm going to pay that for a dram, I'd like it to be in a more controlled environment and in a proper glass (they serve their SM in flared tumblers.)
So I guess I'm just curious - in a case like this where there are new items available that aren't on the menu, should the server mention the price, or at least say something like, "Yes, we just got that in - it's one of our most exclusive offerings" to at least let you know they're very proud of it?
PS - from what I could tell, the Signet was a nice dram - noticeable sweeter and fruitier than the 10, but I couldn't really get the full measure of the nose or taste in the environment I was in.