I find that I tend to like the younger Islays (10 - 12 years) over the the older ones. The peat and smoke mellow with more aging. I guess I just really like the intense peat/smoke in the younger whiskies.
So far, I am there with you. Which brings me to my drink for the night Octomore 1.1, damn, it is freaking phenomenal! I love this stuff. For something so peaty and intensely smokey it still has some fruit and cocoa characters in there. Well done.
"everybody defamates from miles away
but face to face
they haven't got a thing to say"