From: Florahduh, yea that state.
yea I used to drink Clear and Cokes in Uni, 1oz of everclear to 12oz Coca Cola..and yea I blacked out a few time, actually greyed out, where the field of vision got smaller and smaller...stupid acts of youth I will admit.
I say anything 40% or more has a feel of burning by itself(used to bartend, and made up new cocktails, so I've tried the range of grains, and rums..just not tequila which has a sickly sweet taste.but makes me gag on contact unless it's blended well(hidden by stronger flavors)
The claim Vodka has no taste is false IMO, it does esp what it's distilled from adds to it..I like Potato vodka and Ciroc(Made from Grapes) over grain in it's cleaner and less of a harsh bite "taste"..but the reason for the tasteless claim I think is Vodka is easy to blend and hide, and doesn't overpower with scent or taste(like say a good Gin) to other ingredients.
case in point: classics..Gin and Tonic and Vodka Tonic..with a gin you will always taste two things, the Quinine in the tonic and the essences of the gin's botanicals, and if done right the hint of lime. With a Vodka tonic, you shouldn't taste alcohol, it's there but it's 3rd fiddle to the Tonic and Lime so it goes down smoother..esp to a novice drinker.
Woah, that came out like the Bill Nye of the Bar.