I really find myself drawn to Islay malts, but have had less than satisfying experiences foraying into the other regions. I found Cragganmore 12 to be just OK, but wouldn't buy another bottle. Dalwhinnie 15 I actually slightly disliked. Balvenie doublewood I did like and would buy again, as with Auchentoshan 18 Oloroso finish. MacAllan Fine Oak was downright distasteful.
What would you recommend in terms of branching out? I tend not to like the chardonnay-like tastes, too much bitter oak for me. I do like the floral and grassy notes as well as vanilla and caramel sweetness. Leather, old books also work for me. Tobacco notes are fine as long as it's cigar leaf, not dry cigarette type tobacco.
These can be vanillaed and floral with a sweet edge and are not bitter. For sherried whiskies go read Ganga's post above
Looking forward to expanding my repertoire. After all, .
Also Yoichi 12 with it's sweet peat, smoke and hints of sherry.
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