Fact is, there's little in life that brings me greater pleasure than to sit at my bar with a couple close friends (along with my faithful wife), both of whom have the same love for music I have. For such an occasion I prefer to listen to some cool West Coast Jazz, but I've been known to enjoy a session that revolves around the baroque as well.
That certainly parallels my experiences. I have taken "straight shots", even sipped scotch on ice, but I enjoy it so much better when it has some unflavored (not skunky) ice and water.As for water in whiskey or Scotch, the manufacturers recommend adding water to bring our the flavors.
It also cuts the pain of alcohol, letting our taste buds detect more flavors. Especially with "cask-strength" brews.
Some folks say they can't stand scotch. For me, it was instant love. I was in my mid 20's and working on cars for Doc. Tedrow one fine Sunday afternoon. His good wife always prepared a great meal for us after we'd finished working on his cars (he collected classics--and I don't mean '66 Fords). As we sat talking, he asked if I'd like a drink. When I accepted his offer, he asked what would be my pleasure. I told him to surprise me, not being much of a drinker. His choice for me was a scotch and water, which I immediately loved. I had to ask him what I was drinking. Been drinking scotch ever since (but not at the exclusion of other liquors. I love a good margarita).
On the subject of scotch, some of you may remember our dear departed friend steamin'10 (Big Dave). Several years ago I knew he was struggling and wanted to do some silver soldering. Having been a refiner of precious metals in the past, I had accumulated a respectable collection, so I sent him several ounces. He was ever grateful, and showed his appreciation by sending me a bottle of Glenfiddich. He could ill-afford the generous gift, but that's the kind of guy he was. I confess, I miss him.