There's more to it than just taste, it's a combination of a few things - the perceived and anticipated change in mood, the social aspect etc.
I was at a wedding a while ago at a very nice hotel in Scotland which had £10k of whisky behind the bar, I couldn't convince the barman it all, bar none, tasted like crap. I like whisky but not for the taste, an extreme example but why else would you drink something that tastes so deeply unpleasant?!?
I understand what you're saying, here - and it does resonate - social factors and effects - and agree with your other reply, sometimes people don't truly like the taste much, but the other factors are more important.
I guess I was wondering about those that either do like the taste of a lot of it - wondering whether it was an acquired taste - in which case, was it worth the effort...
I suppose for some, that must be a resounding yes - I'm probably just lazy or a philistine like that, I don't believe in working, culturing or acquiring tastes in things like booze, food, art... et al.
Your son's question is a bit like "is tea nice"....the answer is some are, some aren't. There just happens to be alcohol in them.
I doubt, at his age, I'd find any beer he could taste, that he'd take a sip of, and say - "That's nice".
I remember being a wee kid, and asking for a sip of my dad's beer (which was a very occasional occasion as I grew up), I thought it tasted fecking awful - and it did.
But that's not just simply a kids palate - as an adult, in my mid 20s, I decided to try Guinness, since one of my then friends was a HUGE fan. It tasted fecking awful - I'm not about to have to put in effort or learn to like something that's supposed to be enjoyable.
He comes the curious bit, though - you'll explain that to a child - well I realise I'm atypical, there's very little of it I'd actually like or choose to drink - but accepting that, I think it's fair to say that much of it, isn't necessarily pleasant tasting - or at least from the outset - more an acquired taste. So a child naturally asks, "So if it doesn't taste nice, why do people drink it?"
Yes, I know, some people will say they do like the taste - albeit I suspect many had to work at that - and yes, I realise the answer isn't simple, in terms of child-like logic, anyways - and accepting, it's not exactly the most tricky question a child could ask about adult behaviour - but all the same, when examined by a child's logic, some of it does look and sound a bit contraindicated.
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