The tone of the poem "I taste a liquor never brewed" by Emily Dickinson is rapturous. However, although the poet seems to be describing the rapturous feeling experienced with intoxication or inebriation by alcoholic liquor, this state is in fact brought on by observance of nature.
When people drink alcoholic beverages and become drunk, they may feel dizzy and euphoric as a result of the effects of the alcohol. Dickinson uses this as a metaphor to describe the natural rapturous effect of being in the midst of nature. The "liquor never brewed" does not have to be made, because it occurs naturally. "Inebriate of air" means that the poet becomes inebriated or drunk just by breathing in fresh air. A "debauchee" is someone addicted to excess, such as excess of alcohol; "reeling" means swaying back and forth as if dizzy through drunkenness. A "tippler" is someone who drinks too much liquor. Additionally, the poet writes of observances of bees and butterflies causing her to "drink the more"—in other words, to open her senses more to the wonders of nature. All of these expressions reinforce the tone of rapturous intoxication that suffuses the poem.