But this offering to a guest also works the other way around!
Specially true in the US, I was a guest on a party and the host ask me what I like to drink- choices were beer, wine, bourbon whisky and single malt. I noticed that he was drinking the whisky with several ice cubes. Now I have a dilemma. If I ask for auchenstoshan neat, he might think I am a whisky snob (like a lot of people here ). So the most right thing to say is, whisky with one ice cube please. And after the first dram I usually get to pour my own so I can have it neat.
Now lets assume the host has a bar with a shelf full of single malt whiskies. I then assumed he must know his whisky. He offers me a glenffidich. I ask for a neat dram, the host breaks with a smile with the comment that I know how to drink whisky. Thats a good way of starting a conversation.
I sometimes drink whisky and indeed whiskey neat, and used to always do so when younger, BUT I usually prefer it with ice. I seldom dilute with water. 50cc of whiskey, 3 ice cubes. That's the recipe. That maximises the flavour in my experience. I do so equally with Scotch and Irish. Paddy whiskey, a cheap Irish one is a little bit rough (like a Scotch) neat, but really improves with ice. The only Whiskey I've come across that I prefer neat is Midleton Very rare. This is a very subtly flavoured ultra-smooth expensive whiskey with a fantastic aftertaste. Even better than Laphroaig in that respect. Whiskey is my main tipple and I probably drink 40 + bottles a year. I'm no alkie however, being a very measured drinker...so far!!
To each there own. The very first few drams I had, I put a couple of ice cubes in it. Then instead of ice, I switched to water. That didn't last long, then just a splash of water. Now, nothing. I feel as if I couldn't anymore as it would definate effect the taste to much. But, really whatever floats you boat I say!