Originally Posted by Brussell
Some of my favorite speyside (or speyside-like) malts:
-Tomatin (fave is 30)
-Glenfiddich 18, 21
All that being said, I highly prefer highland malts. They generally have a perfect mix of both extremes. On one side, speyside is light and sweet but it lacks substance and with many of them they are just like a lighter bourbon, so you could just save your money and buy the bourbon. On the other side is Islay and they are just too aggressive for me. Highlands tend to mix sherry, bourbon and peat smoke in just the right proportions for me, so I enjoy them the most.
How would you alter this list for introducing someone to your favorite Highlands then?
Your description sounds very enticing, and while early one I was disliking some, particularly older bottlings, for their sweetness and being overly smooth, I find that I'm starting to enjoy that more often lately.