I've just come to realise, in a a very satisfying manner, that I am drawn to Islay single malts and prior to researching these just now, that the Laga 16, Ardbeg 10YO and Laph 10YO are among the top three rated peaty/smoky tastes that I've come to enjoy.
I bought the Laph Quarter Cask mistaking my terminology for Cask Strength (explained by my callsign) but it is bottled @ 48% !
Then I went to a tasting where my first dram was a Laga 16YO that nothing came close to bar the Ardbeg (I prolly looked like a geek taking notes) ... eventually as the night progressed it went from detailed notes & commentary about taste to "Nice", OK and "Not Nice".
So bottomline, why its satisfying? That I stumbled upon these myself, without the influence of reading or advise, via my own tastes and looky look, these ones are supposedly the top three.