Paugers, dont you live in the USA and if so; isnt legal drinking age 21 over there? - so why do you already enjoy alcohol?^^
You probably shouldn't be drinking much at 18. Your brain is still fusing, mate.
You are absolutely right. I once met a Portuguese who had a wine bar and I asked him when he started to drink. he said with 12. - we started to make funny faces,but he insisted that this wasn't stupid or irresponsible. He only drank with adults and they controlled what he drank. For example: diluted wine or light beer. So he was able to get in touch with alcohol, its taste and impacts on the body under very controlled conditions. which is much better than being allowed to drink everything available with 18 or 21, where you don't even have a clue what will happen. For example which beginner knows that the effect is delayed, so they continue until they are already poisoned. That being said Im glad that germans are allowed to drink light drinks up to wine with 16.
As an American, I really don't get why you'd be getting a bottle for a gift.
better get a bottle with good alcohol than some cheap booze. and better drink with some experienced friends, who like to explore some nice flavours and a mild high instead of the anesthetic effects.
But the vodka I had was citrus vodka I discovered, explaining the taste so now I'm on the mission to see what unflavored vodka tastes like.
alcohol is like fat and sugar a carrier for flavours. Vodka has very few own flavours, which is why you will find very often flavoured vodka. However you seem to be very open for smells and tastes. so you will most likely sooner or later discover that whisky is one of the most enjoyable drinks for you.
A good friend of mine is a real whisky connoisseur. and we meet almost every weekend for one or two very good whiskys, before we go into a club. Most of the time we start with some strong indian pale ales. they have good but not complex flavours and prepare the pallet for stronger alcohol. afterwards we continue with whisky.
If you really want to enjoy your drinks you should follow some easy rules:
1)pretend your main goal is to gather for a nice tasting, not for getting wasted (that happens anyways).
2)start with the less alcoholic drinks in your range for the evening. and save the most alcoholic for the end. alcohol also benumbs the tongue.
3)always use a nosing glass, for every drink. smell and taste goes hand in hand and without the smell you will decrease the experience.
4)take your time. it is a pleasure not the means for the purpose (getting drunk). smell. taste (dont just swallow it down, keep it in your mouth, especially good[expensive]drinks) and then repeat.^^
5)continue to make experiments.
Alcohol is disgusting and drinking it should be societally frowned upon, it's a drug like anything else.
nutcase, like my grandfather always said breakfast is the most important drink of the day...
Tasted like tree bark, but something like an oak tree would probably taste like.
In that case you should look for a whisky that matured in a first fill oak butt or a bourbon whiskey, which have always matured in first fill oak. but pure oak rather creates bitter and herbal notes. maybe a nice bowmore would be a good choice for you. it has always hints of firepit and charcoal and most of the time pleasant honey/vanilla flavours.
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