We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I mix my clear Vodka with cranberry juice. It has a nice rosy hue. And I mix my Scotch (unless it's the good stuff) with water. For a treat, I'll add Irish Cream to my Scotch, also with a little water. And with pizza -- beer of course -- usually the dark variety.
The barrel wood and its char also add flavors. In fact, scotch distillers buy old bourbon and sherry barrels to add flavor to the scotch. Some distillers, like Jack Daniels, regard the pretreatment and charring of their barrels to be a trade secret.
We call it "clear likker" where I come from [exported hillbilly territory], and even with the good homemade stuff I think I could tell good scotch in a blindfolded taste test. Maybe not. Maybe I'll try. I'll be going 'home' later this month and I usually bring back a pint or two. In Mason jars, of course.
I have a buddy who was throwing a large family party. After dinner he put his bottle of Johnny Walker Blue out for the "uncles" to have a taste. Went off to take care of something and came back a bit later to find the yutes mixing the stuff with coca cola. They'd drained it. Times like that you want to whack somebody upside the head with the bottle. Then again, I'm no fan of JW, blue or otherwise.