Fairly new to scotch tasting and even newer to peated scotch. The peated scotch I have tried thus far include HP 12, Laphroaig 10, Bowmore 12 and Bowmore Small Batch. Out of these, I enjoyed an earthy peat flavor in the Bowmore where the Laphroaig was much more smokey. I have learned a lot reading and using the whisky database tool, but haven't been able to differentiate what it might be in the Bowmore vs others that gives it the earthy notes.
On my list to try are Talisker, Coal Ila and Lagavulin (all more expensive in my area so I was starting at the lower price point). Do any of these, or some other suggestion, have the more earthy characteristic?