Hi guys, newbie here. Just wondering how many of you started right off drinking yours neat versus cutting it with water? Is neat an aquired taste?

I find that a few sips neat is good to get a taste of the whiskey, but for casual drinking there is still too much burn for me to really enjoy it. If I cut with a little water, it's a whole different story. I'm still experimenting to find what proof level I prefer for casual drinking. How about the rest of you?

What I've tried so far is Elijah Craig 12YO, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, and Knob Creek 9YO. Since these are all on the high end proof-wise, maybe I should drop down and try a lower proof neat? ANy recommendations? God help me if/when the Stagg I ordered ever comes in ......

Thanks, and regards,