I hope you didn't take any of my posts as disparaging...Not meant to be at all.
Many people take different paths. All I'm saying is if someone walks up to me (and they do
) and says, "what's all the fuss about, give me a Scotch that will knock my socks off" I won't (never, ever) give them a Laphroaig straight off. And I've been teaching new people about how to appreciate Scotch for a long time.
I MIGHT give them a Laphroaig as part of a mini flight; to demonstrate what "peat" tastes and smells like; in a tutored tasting; or when I am training bar staff.
Don't get me wrong. Laphroaig is my absolute favorite.
If someone says to me I want to try Thai, Vietnamese or India food, I wouldn't give them the spiciest, most flavorful item, because it is likely too much for them.
Also, keep in mind the vast majority of new Scotch drinkers (and the vast majority of long time Scotch drinkers), have never heard of Whisky Magazine, or this forum - they never attend Whisky Festivals -they never will, and they have a favorite brand that they purchase exclusively. They add ice to their Macallan 18.
The people who make up this forum are a rarified group, and they are not representative of even a fraction of whisky lovers. We are passionate and we discuss the silliest nuances of Ardbeg vs Lagavulin.
This isn't Whisky 101, It's a graduate class
If you want to spend all of your time reading and posting to this forum (like a lot of people (me included) do, then you are ready for advanced classes and should drink everything you get your hands on.
For your buddy who wonders why you like this stuff, don't give them laphroaig right off, as a rule of thumb...