For years I've drank basic scotch like glenlivet but lately I've been playing with some of the more flavorful stuff and am really liking it. Last week I had a dram of caol ila 12 and loved it, the smokey component was just great. I'd like to find something like this (maybe even more smoke) in a more budget friendly bottle, perhaps a blend. Any suggestions on what might fit the bill?
On a side note I've heard people commonly using smokey and peaty to describe a scotch but I've yet to feel like I've experienced peat. Does it come off as distinctly different from say the basic smokey flavor i taste in caol ila?