Thanks for the feedback. It's the difference that makes me interested in Lagavulin. Just as quads tend to be sweet in beer, sometimes I go the other way for a double IPA and enjoy the piney bitterness.
The Macallan and Glenfiddich that I tried were definitely sweet. The only thing off putting about Lagavulin or any of the other Islay scotches is the peat. Smoky is fine, but I have no clue what the peat tastes like. Is it earthy, grassy or something else? Since our tastes are all a little different, I guess the only real way to know is try it