Went over to a friends house over the weekend and got to taste a broad array of scotches. I as find more and more non smoky (lowland, highland) scotches and even lightly delicate smoky scotches, I don't hate scotch as much as I thought I did.
Started with the Macallan 10 yr, very sweet and fruity, not smoky at all. Very nice.
Next our friends opened the Lagavulin 16, which I only smelled. Super smoke heavy, I could smell it from a foot away. If you like that, I'm sure it's good but too much for me.
Then I tried Bruichladdich Octomore. I believe it was edition 3.1? I don't remember. It was smoky, but less so than the Lagavulin and also more balanced, less "harsh". It wouldn't be my go to but I didn't hate it.
Finished the night with two expressions from Glenmorangie, the first was Nectar d'Or, aged in French dessert wine barrels, it was very sweet and fruity. The second was the standard 18 year, which was incredibly smooth.
Also got to try a 100% Rye whiskey from Virginia (didn't catch the name) that is supposedly from George Washington's recipe. It was a little sweet, a little spicy, everything I love about a rye whiskey.
Most of these scotches are well out of my price range, so it's nice to be able to try them when someone else is pouring. The Nectar d'Or is 67$, the Glenmorangie 18 is 115$, The Lagavulin 16 yr is $91. The OLCC page doesn't list prices for the Macallan 10 year or the Octomore, so they must not be in stock at the moment. Macallan 12 is listed at $65, so I would expect 50-55 for the 10 year.