Funny how the palette works. So, my brother-in-law has recently hopped on the SMSW band wagon via an initiation by HP12. He QUICKLY gravitated towards the peat monsters.
His first bottle purchased of SMSW was Singleton (not knowing what he liked) and thought it was rather easy/mellow. Taste tested at my house HP12...his favorite so far.
We go to a bar with a good Scotch selection, he try's the Talisker 10 AND a Lagavulin 16 and declares "he's in love".
We exit the bar and head to the nearest liquor store where he promptly buys a Laphroaig 10. He's all in! Nice!