I went into my local off-licence and asked for a bottle of brandy. The chap behind the counter asked "For you? - you like Brandy"
"Yes, and Yes".
"Tell me, I am a Muslim so I don't drink alcohol. But I believe there is much tradition behind the way you drink it. Is that true? How do you drink brandy?"
"Well, there are two ways. The first is to pour the brandy into a large glass - a bit like a miniature goldfish bowl. Then you must hold the glass in both hands for a while. This warms the brandy and releases the delicate aroma. You must then swill the brandy round the glass a couple of times. Then put your nose into the glass and inhale deeply, thus getting the full character of the brandy. Pass the glass in front of your nose, once left, once right, then left again. Then carefully but firmly lift the glass to your lips and drink".
"And the second way?"
"Do what I do, mate, and swig it from the bottle!".