thank you for your input ken. i don't profess to be a scotch expert by any means. i'm just a person who started out drinking blends in college and now in my 30s, have started appreciating the world of single malts. honestly, once i found single malts, i stopped drinking blends but now that you suggested some of the top notch blends, i'd love to try some.
you are totally right about some single malts being harsher than others. we did a single malt tasting last night with 10 types and i found some harsh and some smooth. it just varies. i found the smoothest and most pleasant we had was Glenrothes.
thanks again for your input on the subject because as a scotch lover, i want to continually learn about the drink and try different types.