Well... I've tried a few pours of scotch here and there in the past, but recently I'd expressed an interest in becoming more familiar with all the different varieties of scotch.
Because of this, my wife purchased a "Classic Malts of Scotland" sampler for me (6 50ml bottles, from all the different regions).
I was in the mood for something light, so after reading tasting notes on all of them, I decided I'd try the Dalwhinnie 15 yr old.
I couldn't get past the second sip. It tasted like diesel oil mixed with moss. Maybe that's the peat flavor? Whatever it was, I used my flask funnel to pour it back into the mini bottle (my wife said she would drink it, just not tonight).
Now, I'm enjoying a healthy pour of Eagle Rare 101, and marvelling at how good this $16 spirit is when compared to a $50 bottle of Dalwhinnie scotch.
Maybe I didn't give the Dalwhinnie enough of a chance - I'll be trying some of the other scotches this week.
I'm worried that I'm kind of slipping into a comfort zone - I've been trying lots of new whiskies (bourbon, Scotch, Irish and Canadian), but I keep falling back on a few "old faithfuls", and they're all bourbons (Eagle Rare SB and Eagle Rare 101, EWSB '94, EC12). Is it possible that I don't like the new things I'm trying because I'm so used to my regular pours?
Any input would be welcome!