I expected the overwhelming majority to drink it straight. I was mainly wondering if there were many silent minority members like myself who prefer to drink at a lower ABV.
Regarding the comment about drinking the 40-something % ABV instead: if you dilute Laphroaig 10yo C/S and mistake it for Laphroaig 10yo, I'd have to say that your tastebuds really are scorched.
I remember the first time I had Lagavulin 16yo. I could taste EVERYTHING. I could sit there and nose it for hours marveling at the complexity and picturing myself on a foggy pier by the beach (with a burning bag of garden mulch right next to me of course
). When I drink whisky on a nightly basis, my nosing and tasting abilities are not 20/20 any more. I can't get the experience that I used to--all of the aromas and flavors are subdued like flowers instead of perfume (bad analogy...haha).
Neat cask strength whisky just speeds up that process for me. Sure, that one dram is a real adrenaline rush, but then I can't taste as much for the rest of the night...and if I have a lot of drams, maybe even the next few nights after that.
Trust me, I've tried to convert, but I just get more out of it with my taste buds and nose intact.