I had a taste of Glenlivet 12 and Bowmore 12 at the ceilidh this evening. I suppose if either was the only single malt available, I could live with it, but I prefer the Dalmore 12 and Dalwhinnie 15 to either.
The Glenlivet was quite pleasant - slightly sweet and smoother than I expected for its age, but not much more than a pleasant dram. The Bowmore had a nice peppery peat/smoke "kick", but much smoother and tamer than the Talisker 10.
I don't think I'm going to be an Islay peat monster fan. A little is fine - I can take it or leave it - but I prefer it to take a back seat to the malt.
I was hoping that the tasting table would include some Speysiders, but it didn't. I hope to have the opportunity to sample some during the summer Highland Games season.