My advice is for you to quit doing what you think you should do, and instead do what you want to do. The snobs out there will try to tell you that whisky should be sipped straight or at best with a splash of water.... but the actual persons who do the blending and distilling will tell you a completely different story. I know I have spoken to a few of them.
I sip my single malts with a splash of sprite or 7 up. I don't care what some whisky snob has to say about that. I recently finished a 25 year old bottle of Mortlach and thoroughly enjoyed every sip mixed with sprite except for the few 'Rusty Nails" I drank. Drinking it straight was too much of a challenge for my palate.
The trick is to slowly add your mix until you find the ratio that works for you. Over time this will change and you will appreciate many spirits neat. But its too much to expect of your taste buds to change overnight. Do what tastes good and damn the consequences!