However that is not the main reason I don't like Cocktails ... in general I just don't like them taste wise, too sweet, and also I like to taste my whiskey ... it's the same with Vodka ... I don't see the point to it as you don't get a whole pile from it by sipping it straight, or else you drown in it cola or some thing which again just does not do it for me. I know I'm wierd
Aye cocktails in general, and then I'm not even talking about the cola-mixtures and such, are often either sweet or sour. The nice thing about making cocktails yourself is that you can adjust the amount of the sweet liqour. I generally like my White Lady with less cointreau then it's supposed to be made for example.
On the subject of whisky and cocktails...I don't quite know. I can imagine them being good but I'd usually not want to 'waste' my whisky, which is generally expensive. I made a 'mizuwari' once, which is basically heavily diluted Famous Grouse with old ice (ice older then 24 hours, it melts at a slower pace thus not dilluting the whisky even further). As I might have said, cocktails are situational. This time I was quite tired, had a long day, and didn't quite want a lot of alcohol. The perfect moment for something simple, low alcohol, yet still firm and tasteful.
Sadly, I don't see much possibility for cocktails to become socially...acceptable in Europe. Bars and pubs just aren't the place for them; posh parties just reinforce the stereotype, youth right now rather wants to be binge drinking; cocktails are often too expensive and making them yourself requires a certain amount of interest, investment and curiosity; whisky drinkers are usually more then content (and rightfully so I might add) with what they're drinking.
I usually have a cocktail before I start with the whisky, or in between a few of them to clean my pallate, especially if I had an Islay and am planning to taste another Islay. It's terrible that it feels almost impossible to rate the second Islay after tasting the first. I'm crazy about the stuff.
And I've been rambling again. I have to stop doing this.