I suppose it is all about palates and taste preference. For example I love slightly sweet/sour/bitter cocktails (not necessarily all in the same drink mind you) but i cannot get whisky to be like by my mouth. so for that a whisky sour is not nice. It's just my preference. In case of the cocktail you mentioned, I suppose enough of the 'right' people liked them for them to gain some coverage and get out there. My advice? - spend your time finding something you like and stick with it. Then periodically try something different with what you like. If it doesnt work, you can go back to the version you do like. It's obvious advice I know, but sometimes it is needed Hope that helps! Completely agree, I've tried and tried to get this to an enjoyable level, but cannot. Maybe it's my dislike for whisky (British or American) my taste buds are not just ready for that flavour yet.