Abelour is a nice scotch, but it is malty whisky with a strong sherried profile. It's a great example of sherry barrel finish. This has become increasingly popular with many of the distilleries, including many of the Isla whiskys. I've not had Cragganmore, but Glen Elgin or the standard Glenmorangie are more what you describe. Though be sure you get the standard Glenmorangie... many of their expressions are finished in sherry, sauterne, or other finishing casks.
If you're looking for a great example of a malt whisky (without peat, sherry, etc) you might try Springbank. It's a Campbeltown whisky and one of the greats. If I recall, it's one of the few distilleries that still does their own floor malting.