txtran wrote:Does this sound like a good plan?
It sounds just fine to me. But then a lot of Highland Park, Talisker and Laphroaig has already passed over these lips down through the years.
The first aspect you need to take into account is that most any single malt Scotch you begin with will likely taste quite a bit drier to you than Crown Royal, especially on the finish - and many of the island Scotches, such as the ones you've short-listed, noticeably so. It's not that they don't display a sweet side, necessarily, but rather that there's no overt corn-based spirit sweetness in them like you'll find in CR or many a Bourbon.
I like Drammed's suggestion of throwing a Highland malt into the mix. Many malt Scotch lovers (myself included) began their journeys with Glenlivet and/or Glenfiddich. Glengoyne is a totally smoke-free alternative that makes for a pretty easy-going introduction, too.
Then again, quite a few people have dived into the peaty malts right off the bat, and not been any worse for wear
Whatever you decide, though, enjoy the journey!