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I want to try whiskey. My palette is beginning to mature; I can handle spicy food, I can take coffee, beer I can drink like a funnel.
But I can't seem to manage hard alcohol. It tastes... of booze. Not the clear running streams, crisp breezes or the malty grains that whiskey adverts might have me believe. As far as I can discern, it just has the eye-watering burn of alcohol.
My gf drinks whiskey sometimes, and says I should get darker ones to start off with, as they are "sweeter" and so I could actually discern a flavour.
What should a whiskey newbie try? How should it be served? On the rocks? Straight up? With a twist? Cocktail umbrella?