I was wondering if anyone on here could help me. I'm looking for a REALLY good scotch and, before I go and drop $50-$70 on a bottle, I thought I might get some recommendations from you guys.
For starters, the only single malt that I've tried is the Glenlivet 12. I really liked that one. but I was looking for something a little smokier/peatier, but not so much that it's overpowering. Something that stands out from the more common scotch.....something worthy of a special occasion. I have tried Grants and Dewar's white label and special reserve blended if that helps. I find that the Dewar's is lacking in sufficient depth and complexity for what I'm looking for in a scotch. I have kind of narrowed it down to a couple choices. I was looking at the Caol Ila, Lagavulin, and Talisker 10. based on the info that I have given, do you think that an Islay malt would be too strong? What are your recommendations, in about a 50-70 dollar range?