Hello from Michigan
Just recently started getting a bit more interested in whisky and have seen my collection exponentially grow in the last few months. I'm planning a trip to Scotland this summer, so... I justify my new obsession as research.
Anyhow, I've found lots of great information on the site and really got started with Horst and Ralfy's videos on YouTube.
A couple of questions for you guys...
A)My current collection favorites are:
1. Yamazaki 12yr - great spicy oak flavor and balance
2. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12yr - nice sweetness, mouthfeel, and flavor
3. Oban 14yr - a little salty, slightly smoky
4. Glenfiddich 14yr Bourbon Barrel - oak-forward and reminiscent of bourbon with a whisky base
5. Hibiki Japanese Harmony - sweet, well-balanced, and overall very pleasant
Any suggestions for something to try next within the same general vein? I know they may be all over the place, but I'm sure some of you more experienced whisky fans will be able to connect the dots somewhat.
I absolutely can't stand Laphroaig at the moment (no matter how hard I try), so I'll give that one some time to grow on me. I also don't particularly like Bunnahabhain 12 (it seems kind of sour and slightly astringent -- yes, I know it's not peaty though) Any whiskies that are a good introduction to peat or "other" whisky flavor profiles?