I’m very new to (and still have yet to actually like) trying to enjoy whiskey straight, that is, by itself. The only alcohol spirits that have lent a sippable experience for me are various brandies, which in a way are somewhat close to a whiskey in that they’re aged or treated in oak barrels that lend characteristic flavors. I’ve tried a Jameson and Kirkland’s Irish whiskey, and they’re not that sip friendly to me either, nor are they particularly smooth to shoot (you really shouldn’t shoot expensive alcohol anyway); a chaser is encouraged (such as pickle juice, a stranger chaser that isn’t bad after shooting some whiskey).

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