Dunno where OP is but those who might find this useful in a similar situation starting off.Blends
I had to mix these whiskies above with Appletiser to enjoy them.Single Malts
- suggest you try them neat first shot and add 2-3 drops of water only if necessary as you get used to the taste and appreciate them more.
Glenmorangie 10yo Original
Glenfiddich 12 YO
Highland Park 12YO
I find the above sweetish with the HP a good all rounder and my fav go to.
Further exploration led me to Islay (Eye La) whiskies which are more peaty and smoky and as it turns out, I love this.
Tali, Caol Ila 12 - peppery and then smoky
Lagavulin 16 - now my favorite.
Laphroaig & Arbeg (the Laphi has a medicinal, iodine, hospital odour thats hard to miss, but dies down once atfer you first get hit by it.)
Off-course there are tons more to try out there. Dont let anyone influence you of what tastes nice. You might hate my suggestions. Thats fine. Also be aware of pairing whiskies with different foods and how it influences the taste against having them alone. You decide. Price point doesnt necessarily make all the difference. I got introduced to that smoky taste with a very very cheap whisky. The ones I've listed do it best though., imho.
Enjoy the journey. Dont drink and drive. Cheers