I used to HATE all of the sherry Macallans. My friends thought I was nuts. But they all have one common flavor that I found offensive. Before the Mac reached my lips, I could smell that awfulness coming. Then I somehow learned to taste it past that one thing, and love the other things it brings. That was thanks to a friend sharing a bottle that had been open for many months. It turns out that the offensive part of Mac burns off with air exposure. See, Mac is one of the distillers that uses a closed tun for mixing, and that keeps air away from it. Anyway, now Mac is one of my acquired tastes. Currently working on a bottle of Classic Cut 2017; a rare Mac at cask strength (58%).
Welcome to the dark side! Or as ly friends at the lounge call it. Dirt drinker... But hey so be it. There have been some great suggestions in this thread. I would also suggest Singleton, GlenDronach 12 and bowmore. There are so many great scotchs! Get drinking.
Took my first sip of Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or (excellent!) and thought I’d post up what my thoughts are a year later here.
Favorite tried so far is Laphroaig, it hits my taste buds in super distinct sequential phases, pretty mind blowing something homogeneous can do that. Nothing else I’ve tried does that to the same extreme. Nectar D’Or is kind of similar that way but stays on the sweet side, not much peat, but the buttery finish on that one is nice. Glenlivet is probably the smoothest and probably my favorite of the original sweet ones I bought because of that, very drinkable. Glenfiddich 18 was good but overall it is my least favorite so far since I really wasn’t into their 12 year.
Any recommendations given I’ve enjoyed Laphroaig the most so far?
Speaking of Laga 16 it helps to think about smoked bacon while drinking it, as far as smoke goes it's up there but so very smooth and enjoyable. I typically like cask strength so if you can find an Alexander Murray or independent bottler release at cask strength buy 1. I just recently picked up a Gordon & Macphail Clynelish 11 that I'm going to open shortly(not CS but 46% typical release of Clynelish). Check out Bruichladdich, the Islay barley releases are nice and unpeated but still have that slight Islay brine and the Port Charlotte is great among other and they run 100 proof or better.
I had a couple of Indian whiskies (several different Glen Els). I loved them so much I immediately bought a case. There was one that had five different wood finishes. Schizophrenic like a hot redhead, fun and crazy.
I'm a fan of Islay whiskies, almost any of them. Laphroiag is a staple, because it's cheap and good. Costco has the 10 for $24/bottle now! Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg 10 are treats that cost a bit more. Anyone who has enjoyed Islay even a little should invest in a Laphroiag 10 cask strentgth. Sit around with a dropper and water, and try it at different dilution levels over time.