Whatever you may think about the book (I enjoyed it at first, being a fan of Banks' fiction, but I got really bored with cars and roads).....
Funnily enough both myself and my wife thought that , we both ended skipping over the "Now i'm driving this Car" bits.....
Wub wrote: I wasn't so impressed with the Lavgavulin 16; perhaps because it's not as BIG (but somehow the bottle has diminshed more rapidly than I expected).
I personally find the 16 too sweet , try getting the Lagavulin 12yo L.E. , it will be more to your liking .
I don't know what the shop selections are like in your area or Melbourne it's self but on the Islay front try an Independent bottling of Caol Ila or maybe even the Natural Cask Strength Distillery Bottling .
See if you can also find one of the Signatory 1997 Heavily Peated Bunnahabhains from a sherry cask , superb stuff .
I wouldn't write off the non islay stuff so quick as well , it may take a while for you to find what you like , maybe try to attend some tastings , join the Australian branch of the SMWS
or there's Craig Daniels Mob the MWSOA
Happy Hunting !