I apologize if I'm coming off as erratic about what I'm looking for in a scotch but please bear with me, my palate is new to all of this!
Recently I've been enjoying Black Bottle (no age version) and find that I like it very much with regard to its balance of sweetness, acidity, and earthy tones. It's almost got a barbecue fish flavor to it that beatifully contrasts against a honeyed vanilla blanket. Someone mentioned Islay Mist as another great all around blend. I'd be willing to do a single malt also but I'm just shocked at the value of the Black Bottle for how good it really is. Does anyone have any experience with the Famous Grouse 12 yr blend? I've had the basic version but after having the Black Bottle the Grouse seems overly sweet wth no finish. I'm open to any recommendations whether they be blends or single malts. Thank you!