I actually had to "learn" how to drink my bourbon straight. I used to drink Canadian whiskies w/coke. When I first got interested in bourbon, I drank my bourbon with coke or sprite. With some help, I finally learned how to taste and enjoy bourbon. Every new bourbon I try, I start out with a little straight, then with a splash of water, and then with some ice. I now enjoy my bourbon(s) every which way you can. I generally have mine with a couple cubes, but there are times I enjoy it straight. Then there are bowling nights. JB white and coke. I still can't drink JB without a mixer.