Whether you mean politically conservative or prudish, I think you'll find some of us tend that way while others do not, just like in other groupings. Some of us dare to pour $100+ whisky on "an old trout" while others would never dream of it.
I don't water my whisky because I've ruined more drams than I've improved by doing so. I find other techniques (warming, time) have the same effect and are less likely to ruin it (leaving whisky in a glass all night is still dangerous).
I do cook and eat with whisky and don't care if that means I miss some nuances sometimes. I can and do taste seriously too, on other occasions.
I only put cheap whisky in mixes or with ice and that only on really hot summer days. Mostly for practical reasons I ask why would I want to cover up a good whisky? That said, I've been dying to try some Ardbeg in a café mocha and really should go wild and do it of these days
I am usually a highly logical fellow but my views on blends and vattings are undoubtedly biased by something. I don't know why and the logic of it escapes me but I do know that I don't buy either of them often for some reason. They can taste good but I just don't get as much satisfaction out of them. Illogical indeed but there is more to buying whisky than taste alone.
I'm a pragmatic guy. I drink what I drink because I like it and I drink it the way I drink it because that's how I like it. What else can I say?