An acquaintance who knows far more about adult beverages than I (he's actually a fourth-generation fine wine shop owner) recently introduced me to Brenne, a single malt whiskey from the Cognac region of France. It's aged in cognac barrels, giving it unusual characteristics. It's quite unlike Scotch (no peat or smoke), but very smooth and rich - you can definitely taste the cognac.
I usually drink single malt as a before-dinner libation, and have cognac (or these days, more often armagnac) after the meal. But this tastes like it would work well in either role.