Originally Posted by Brussell
Cragganmore 12 and Dalmore 15 are great.
Caol Ila 12 is a very sweet peaty scotch.
Oban 14 is okay, I had it last night and wasnt very impressed. It was a spicy highland without smoke.
Have you had glenmorangie yet?
I know a lot of people love their malts but I just can't stand them, and not just because every single one I've had has a lot of sulphur. I dislike their whisky because the spirit has a strong rubbing alcohol taste to me. It's really harsh and it makes me think I'm drinking cheap, young whisky. Also, every bottle I've bought the cork disintegrated when opened and ruined the whisky. Plus, like I said, it has the most sulphur I've ever tasted in a whisky brand. And it's not a lack of trying. I've had their Quinta Ruban, Lasanta, 18 ER and the Finealta. The Finealta was the best one I've had, it had the smallest hint of pest I've ever had, which is awesome for me because I'm not a huge fan of peat.
One of my favorites is highland park. It has been rated as one of the best all around whiskies and the 12 year is very affordable for what you're getting. The older expressions have more sherry and sweetness from a longer time in the sherry butt. The 18 is usually rated the best, some places it's $80-90.
Dalmore has been on my radar for a while now, and I hope it doesn't startle too much, but I prefer the Bowmore 12 to the Caol Ila 12, while, like you, didn't care much for the Oban 14.
You've got me wanting to try the Glenmorangie's now out of curiosity and I'll be trying Highland Park again soon, which will help determine whether I just wasn't ready for it last fall when I first tried it, or if it too is outside my range of preferences.