bamber wrote:If you you don't like the taste of whisk(e)y, why not leave it for a while and come back to it intermittently. Maybe it's not for you...[snip]
I used to drink whisky when I was 19 primarily to get drunk, although I did quite like Jack Daniel's and coke (I'm 36 this year). I also drunk cheap blends on ice or with a mixer. As time went on I gradually reduced the amount of mixer / ice, enjoying the spirit more and more. By my mid 20's I enjoyed, Jack Daniel's and blended whisky neat, but it was not until about 5-6 years ago (3 years obsessively) that I really got into tasting whisky and single malts in general. I very rarely touch JD or blended Scotch these days.
The point I'm making is it took 11 years of overindulging for me to appreciate, something which is expensive and bad for you. I'm not sure I'd really have wanted to accelerate the process !
The question is, would you be where you are today without those 11 years??? [Cue the award show music...
My initial whisky days were similar, usually with coke (Canadian whisky) then later when I wanted to sound sophisticated (yeah right!) I'd order scotch on the rocks, not asking or caring what brand; what's a malt? Progressing from rye and coke to scotch on the rocks took about 5 years. I then went to structured tastings for 2-3 years before single malt scotch really took a hold of me. Look at me now... still spending more on whisky than I really should be, but enjoying every drop and even appreciating most of them
I don't think I'd have gone to those structured tastings if I was still just a beer drinker so those years of hiding rotgut Canadian whisky (Royal Reserve, et al) with cola had some value...
I also only rarely (when out and only malt available is Glenfiddich 12yo) have a blend these days though I really shouldn't be so snobbish; some of them are actually good but I just can't bring myself to buy a bottle of them when there are so many good malts on my shelf already that need drinkin'.
If you need to drink your whisky in coke or with ice to start for it to be enjoyable, that's OK; I forced down a 35cL bottle of Glenlivet 12yo neat (not all at once!) early on in my road to appreciation and it was not a pleasant experience (nearly put me off it) so I don't suggest it. You really can progress from mixers and ice to appreciating single malt whisky, neat.