I got the "try some good scotch" bug about 2-1/2 years ago. I went to a very nice upscale restaurant in the next town over and the bartender was gracious enough to let me have a wee sip of seven different scotches. Three Highlands (Glenmorangie, The Macallan and Dalwhinnie), a Lowland (Auchentoshan), two Islay (Ardbeg and Laphroaig) and some Isle of Skye (Talisker).
All were exquisite (my palette had been Jack Daniel's black label) but the Islay's really grabbed me by the head and screamed my name. Man, this is some seriously intense malt!
The Ardbeg particularly stood out; it was the Corryvrecken and it's amazing. So much so that I went to Total Wines
that same weekend and spent serious dosh on eleven bottles of assorted scotch's. Mostly Islay and Campbeltown (Springbank 10 year old is phenomenal).
Here I am 2.5 years later with a liquor closet to rival all but the most discerning establishments, and I'm enjoying an amazing and delicious journey.
Someone mentioned Ralphy; look him up on YouTube and he'll give you some fantastic and inciteful information. The man knows his stuff.
Thank you for starting an outstanding thread!