America. 1880-ish. Civil War brewing down South… Meanwhile, somewhere someone is having a soothing after-dinner cigar and fortifying his spirits with a little snifter of something special poured from one of an elegant pair of leaded cut-crystal decanters made by that most famous and fabled of American craftsmen: Tiffany & Co.
The whole experience satisfies the soul: the glint of the sterling silver tags in the glooming gas-light; the heavy weight and heft of the stopper in the hand; the golden elixir splashing into glass. Of course, the wealthy would only have scotch or bourbon, and perhaps brandy—but never gin! (Far too common a spirit, that gin.)
So, pick your poison… Soda? No. Neat? Certainly!