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.
Dunno. Rye whiskey is Scots-English via Canada. The guitar is Spanish via Mexico. Ritter is German via Texas. Joan Woodbury was Danish/English/Indian and wearing a cross from an Eastern Mediterranean religion. The levels of cultural appropriation are extensive.
There are some things in life that are inexplicable and whiskey is one of them. I can remember my first taste and the sudden revelation that all whiskey drinkers had just pulled off a huge joke at my expense. No one 'likes' the taste of whiskey, how could they. What they like are the traditions, the high, the effects, the social aspects and of course the addiction. I would argue the same thing is true about tobacco and drugs. I don't believe anyone on inhaling from a cigarette the first time said "wow! that was good!".
I always found that the right whiskey (certain straight bourbons) diluted with the right amount of good water and cooled slightly with a single piece of ice tasted like silage smells - a taste I happen to favor, along with buttermilk, limburger and some other rotten delicacies . Alas, I had to give all that up 30 years ago when I was a spry lad of 55.
I don't doubt your sincerity but I still believe that whiskey could taste worse and people would still drink it and not for the taste. There is something else. If you could make an alcohol free whiskey that was indistinguishable from real whiskey people would prefer the alcohol based whiskey. Don't get me wrong, everyone is certainly free to drink or eat whatever they wish. I merely contend that everyone who drinks hard alcohol knows it tastes like crap and that anyone drinking it for the first time will recognize that it tastes like crap and suddenly they too will know it is all a big inside joke.