Other experiences I'd compare it to:
Food: I rememeber having a particularly good pizza a few years ago (a "gourmet" pizza with fresh ingredients), which had me moaning with pleasure on each mouthful (I don't think my folks appreciated this because they didn't think theirs was very good).
Music: For me, especially with the works of Bach and Montiverdi, a particuar chord or note is struck. It's not the chord or note itself (in isolation they'd be rather boring), but the progression that leads up to it, culmiating in the chord or note...and that's when the pleasure hits. Sometimes I want to sing along (even if it's instrumental)...but all that comes out of my mouth is a screech.
Lust: For want of a better word; sometimes just the sight of a beautiful woman can make me swoon. Of course it's sexual, but just as obviously it's not orgasmic: it's a swoon.
No other alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) berverage has had this effect on me. It almost makes single malt scotch whisky worth the price.
I remember a day when I had cold and my nose was all blocked. I poured a dram of Laph QC and was drinking it neat. I enjoyed the feeling of the dram opening my nose and I still remember flavours engulf my sense and savoring every drop of the whisky. Suddenly lot of fond memories came rushing and I was feeling quite dizzy with happiness. It was not just the alcohol, but the whisky, its flavor and lot of other feel-good things that you normally don't give attention in a whisky.
Whisky is just so ...evocative!
Definitely has the power to take me someplace else. like you say, totally enveloped in the flavours and the memories/images they evoke.
I say, as music is art for your ears and soul, as paintings are art for your eyes, as poetry is art for your intellect and sense of nostalgia, so whisky is art for your palette and toungue,with the power to unlock memory and open unexpected inner doorways...a meditation for your mouth!
then again, there are times when it's purely recreational/social...Bushmills over ice on a hot summmer evening and chatting to one's spouse, opr guests...
Now I drink whisky. Johnnie Walker...Red! For Shitsake! my life has really gone downhill!
Time for another dram!
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