lol yeah its a toughie!thanks for all suggestions.to narrow my prefered style down,i would say the first whisky to blow me away was the aberlour a'bunadh,closely followed by the glenmorangie lasanta.both i believe are sherried and therefore maybe id be a tad dissapointed with anything too far away from this!
i also like the idea of getting something 15 ish years old as i met my best bud 15/16 years ago(bit sentimental but he is spending a fair bit on a bottle for me to indulge
Well you narrowed down your preference quite a bit so I suggest:
(1) pkt77242's recommendation: Glendronach 15yo 'Revival' (46%, OB)
. I will be trying it soon based on the good reviews here and Serge's observation that it reminded him of a Macallan 'Gran Reserva' (I am assuming he is speaking about the 18yo from 1979 or those that followed and not the 2007 Mac 12yo GR).
(2) Glenfarclas 15yo (46%, OB)
. Not nearly as powerful, of course, as the Aberlour a'bunadh, but quite an enjoyable sherry whisky.
Best part here is that you can get both for around £75 and so have plenty to share with your best bud. "....... and therefore maybe id be a tad dissapointed with anything too far away from this!"
I'm not sure sure about this. I am willing to bet a good number of us here can count among our most enjoyable whisky experiences those times when we had something that was quite different than our preferred taste profile.