So many choices, I guess I don't drink enough to catch up
So far I have tried Benrinnes, Macallan Fine Wood 12, Dalwhinnie and HP12.
Benrinnes I liked a lot, sweet, hint of smoke, rich taste. Unfortunately at 90 USD it's a bit too expensive for a "everyday dram".
I sampled the Macallan Fine Wood (much easier to get over here) immediately after the last glass of Benrinnes and was very disappointed. There was some artificial flavor in it, can't put my hands on it precisely, but it was very off-putting. Trying again another day, that strange flavor was gone, the Macallan actually quite fine, but not really up to the Benrinnes.
Dalwhinnie, sweet, smooth, goes great with chocolate cake.
HP 12 I liked the best. At first there was too much smoke, but I got used to it very fast.
I still have quite a list to try out, but given that I now seem up to the smokiness of the HP12, is there any good dram between the HP and the Talisker in terms of smokiness that I should sample?