I'd like to find 2-3 somewhat different Scotches I enjoy to stock in my bar. $75/750ml or less, and preferably at least one that's somewhat esoteric (though the real emphasis is on taste, within my price range...).
I've tried several, all of which ranged from 'pretty good' to 'ok' to 'no thanks' to 'yuck' - so I'm guessing I just haven't found the right ones... and given how many are out there I'm willing to experiment but would rather do so from an informed perspective rather than the shotgun approach.
To me - tasting notes/aspects consisting of 'cut grass', 'seaweed', 'super smoky', 'fresh hay', and so on sound far less than appealing to say the least and have tasted similarly unpleasant to me when I've tried them (Talisker 10 and Laphroaig 10 come to mind...).
The ones I recall having had and generally liked are:
- Balvenie DoubleWood - perhaps my favorite so far but still just so-so.
- Macallan 12 - it's ok, not offensive, but nothing to write home about.
I want to find the Pappy 15 or Lot B or VWFRR of Scotches (in terms of how much I like them, not that they taste similarly... you know... I'm seeking the 'holy sh-t, this is really good' reaction).
What do you suggest?