This could be because I grew up in a household of whisky drinkers- not all my family appreciate the single malts but they all drink whisky in some form- and for me the taste was pretty immediate. So, I was wondering if it was the same for the rest of you- was the taste of whisky immediate, acquired, or something you hated at first and came back to much later to find your tastes had changed?
Of course, since I didn't really get it right away, that two-year learning curve involved very sporadic experience.
Before that, I was pretty much a beer drinker (and still am), and my tastes there evolved over the years, largely as a matter of what was available. I remember thinking bottled Bass was top of the line; now I think it's pretty awful.
I envy anyone who got the good stuff right away, but on the other hand, maybe they don't value it as much as I do! And I still marvel at all the folks in pubs in the UK shelling out for Stella.
Heck, I've even begun drinking a beer or two in the last year, after almost 50 brew-less years. Knowledge and experience adds much to appreciation. I don't know so much that you can acquire a 'taste' so much as you acquire a set of references into which you can comfortably place the whisk(e)ys. It's worth the effort.
TNbourbon wrote:I don't know so much that you can acquire a 'taste' so much as you acquire a set of references into which you can comfortably place the whisk(e)ys.
That's an interesting way of putting it. Like trying to read a book in a foreign language, maybe? And if, like zarb, you grow up in a household where the language in question is spoken, you absorb it virtually without effort.
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