Originally Posted by yogensha
Thanks for the suggestions! I have tried Aberlour A'bunadh, and enjoyed it tremendously. After reading some tasting notes and reviews, I've been eyeing the Oban and after your advice I think it will be my next choice!
Great! After I wrote my suggestions, I thought, "cask strength for a newbie, hmmm..maybe not great advice", but I'm happy to see you actually have already tried it (Aberlour) and enjoyed it. There are so many Scotches to try, sometimes it's hard just trying to narrow it down to a few to suggest - especially when it's for someone like you who wants to explore the world of Scotch. When friends ask me what my favorite Scotch is, I ask them, well, you mean for the last couple of months? You see, the more I try, the more I discover more great ones that it's literally hard to have just one or two favorites. This is at least, for me - there are plenty out there who know what the love and it's all they drink!
I must admit I'm very partial to all of the Glenmorangies (D'or being my fave of the line) and I enjoy Glengoyne 10yo ($40!) Another single malt which is truly delicious is Yamazaki 12 yo - yep, that''s right, it's a Japanese whisky, not even a Scotch. They also have an 18 yo which is even better. I'm looking forward to going to some upcoming Scotch tastings, so perhaps new faves will be on the way!
Good luck on your Scotch adventure and **please** keep us in the loop on how it's going!