Happy B-Day t-town, you're quite young for a scotch drinker.
(I'm 50 and just figured it out last year)
We had a Family get-together over the weekend, Parents in town from Saskatchewan
I brought the Scotch and out of my three younger Brothers and their significant others (all in their mid 40's)
and my Mom & Pop,(in their 70's)
...the Only one that really "Got it" and definitely wanted more was my Mom. Go figure?!?
Guess even the good stuff is just not for everyone.
My Dad had to add so much water it was over 50/50 diluted, I almost cried
Oh well, more for me (and Mom)
Yeah, in part that's why I keep a bottle of Johnny Walker Black around the house. To me it's still ok, though truthfully I only really use it in Rusty Nails. But it has a bit of a reputation thanks to all the advertising Diageo puts into it so people that don't know Scotch go "oooooooooooh" when you pull it out. It's still $55 a 26 around here so it's kind of an expensive booze. When someone is over and wants it with lots of water or soda (or heaven help me, cola) then I don't shed as much of a tear. I could probably serve them JW Red but I just don't have a need to own it otherwise. I like nicer booze. When someone wants Rye at my place, it's usually Crown, vodka is usually Grey Goose. Snobby boozer, I suppose.
35 is pretty young to get into Scotch, though I had buds in the restaurant industry that got into it in their early 20s. Took me a while longer but I bought my first bottle of Cardhu around 1997 which would have made me 33. I pretty much lost control around 2008.