Originally Posted by Unregistered
It's hard to find but if you come across it try Springbank Longrow. Amazing peat for a non-Islay.
...though not so much in the decomposed vegetative vein as displayed by many Islay whiskies, but rather in a more coal-tar oriented vein, which seems very characteristic of the overall (including the more subtle Springbank) distillery style. A delicious pour!
Amongst others I'd recommend searching out:
Any high-proof release of Brora (from the original, long-closed Clynelish site). I've also thoroughly enjoyed Clynelish in its cask-strength, Rare Malts Selection version.
Benriach Curiositas (a rather heavily peated 10-year old), with a most unusual flavour profile.
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release Natural Cask Strength and, of course, Laphroaig 10-Year Old Cask Strength - both classics.
Some of the newer high-proof releases from Arran Distillery. This is, quite simply, a great Scotch enterprise in the making. The Amarone Cask Finish edition displays a quite remarkable layering of sweeter winey notes over an almost 'crunchy' malt core. It's fascinating to observe how this one transforms on the palate with the addition of a small quantity of still water.