As some of you have stated, it is a great advantage to meet someone who has knowledge to guide you in the flavors of whiskey. As I have discussed in the past, I was looking to expand my liquor cabinet with Single malts and you have provided me with your opinions. IN addition, you have mentioned about finding a store representative who can also educate you in the selection of Scotch (Single Malt).
I had the privilege of meeting such a man at our local liquor store who spent an hour with me on the education of Scotch. I was there so long, I was wondering if my wife at home was getting mad…lol.. In discussion with this fella, he recommended based on my current inventory, I needed a Lowland. Thus, I purchased a Auchentoshan.
I was educated even on the Cask strength of whiskeys….. hmm… I may need to get an eyedropper and distilled water if I can’t handle the strength. The cask he recommended was Aberlour - A'bunadh. What he really wants and cant seem to order in the states is Aberlour - A'bunadh Silver label. The only place I can find it is on this URL: http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/acatalog/The_Whisky_Exchange___ABERLOUR_3.html . Due to all his support and guidance, I told him about this URL and now he is off on trying to see if a distributor can ship a case to the store. To bad we cant buy this in the States.
It's true, this forum and fellow Scotch connoisseurs, are your best source of knowledge.