I realize that it is folley to compare whisk(e)y by age. My 5 years of being a serious SMS drinker has taught me that some of the best Islays are either very young, or very old, for example. However, in my new bourbon adventures, I am finding that the 7-12 year old whiskeys might be more to my liking. For instance, of the four Van Winkles I have tried, I prefer the 10. I also much prefer the EC 12 to the 18. The good news is that this makes me a cheap date. The bad news, I know that my palate may be missing something, and indeed, over time, my tastes my shift and change. At first, I had a hard time with the woodiness of nearly all Bourdon's- they tasted like 45 year old Speysides that have lost the battle to oak. In time, I developed an appreciation for the intensity that fresh oak can impart.
So, nothing too deep here, but wanted to share my thoughts.