Keep that Laphoaig for a later date. I think down the road you may learn to love it.
I started my journey with Lagavulin 16 not knowing anything about the different regions and flavors.
I fell in love with the islay whisky flavor of peat and smoke.
I have recently been working on the Belvenie flavor profile. Just opened a bottle of single cask 15 and found it to be absolutely beautiful stuff. Mouth feel is thick and the flavors are completely unpeated and without the smoke.
A couple days before that I opened a Balvenie 17 YO Maderia cask. At this time the 15 without the added wine finish is better although I do like the wine finish on many whisky's.
It's a journey for sure as long as the pocket book holds up.
I just got back from a store that is a bit of a drive to see what they had in then Bavnie tun 1401 to see if they had the newest batch 9 but no luck.
They did have some batch #6 so I picked up a couple to add to the collection.
They have more batch #6 in stock so I'm thinking of buying more as it's $225 each which is a good price.
Anyway, have fun as this Scotch whisky is incredible stuff.
No end in sight.