while it may indeed be an acquired taste, such does not immediately disqualfy it. remember yor first beer? wasn’t it just yummy yummy delicious? or your first cigar? for me, drinking whisbi had the same initial effect. now, when i take a shot of it (have you tried mixing it with SARSparilla rootbeer?) it evokes recollections of cherry kool-aid with too much sugar in it. ah the sweet bright days of summer playing ball in the yard bask upon me regardless of where i am when i feel the sweet kiss of whisbi.
previously, a night out would be anywhere from 6-10 beers in bars. now that i have discovered the sublime delicacy that is whisbi my beer in-take has dried up. a bottle of whisbi before the bars (or come back for shots stored in the scooter helmet compartment) leaves me just right. it gets the buzz on in a much quicker, cheaper, healthier(?) and really decreases the hangover effects the next day.
of course, living in china may of whacked out my taste buds. all those rice wine ganbeis actually got doable. at first it smelled like a strangers vomit, but after the first 100 or so, the aroma fades a bit.
comparing the two, rice wine and whisbi i have give whisbi the edge.