Looks like we've started down the road of discovery about the same time. My first was Macallan 12 sherry oak, which was very good to me. Glenfiddich 15 was my next stop; not quite as sweet but good flavors and very enjoyable.
Then I found out about samples from reading this forum and ordered some samples. Of the ones I bought, I've tasted Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg Corryvreckan. From what I had read, Lagavulin was a "love it or hate it" sort of thing. Well, I must be weird; I didn't love it or hate it. It was very interesting, but the smokiness overwhelmed the rest of the flavors for me at this early stage of very limited experience. Lagavulin will get another visit down the road.
The Ardbeg smokiness was more balanced and allowed other good flavors to come through. I've got samples of Bunnahabhain, Dalmore, Glenfarclas, and a couple of Glenmorangies to go. After that, maybe something from the Lowlands or Campbeltown. So many choices!
Last edited by john_b; 04-11-2013 at 02:46 PM.