@neau: For the longest time it was quite literally everything but the burn was a big part of it. First time I tried whiskey it tasted like paint thinner to me. There was this distinct feeling of alcohol nearly evaporating off my tongue or something. I first tried whiskey I think on my 20th birthday, it was Jack Daniels which was a bad first choice. I think I started enjoying whiskey when I got to my 30's.