Just sitting here, sipping on some Laphroaig 10. From your reaction to trying the laph 10, I'd say give up on Islay or maybe try it again in a years time, doesn't mean you're less manly. The smoky peaty flavour is a characteristic of Islay whisky. Personally, I love Islay but everyone's taste buds are different. You said you enjoy Glenmorangie and Macallan so why don't you try some different Speyside or Highland malts? (I have seen Macallan described both as Speyside and Highland??)eg Glen-fiddich/livet/rothes/moray/farclas. I haven't tried The Balvenie yet but I have never heard a bad word about it. Perhaps a softer region like the lowlands, eg Auchentoshan..