Caol Ila (which if memory serves might be owned by Laphroaig...): hard to find but the best single-malt I've had. Smoky, peaty, and just amazing.
Yes Christopher, Caol Ila is definitely one of the finest single malts around, but the Caol Ila distillery is owned by Diageo, a British multi-national alcoholic drinks company. The Laphroaig distillery is owned by Beam inc. -- an American spirits company.
Like you, my preference in whisky is for the peaty flavours of the Islay Malts: Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg and others. They are truly unique; and Islay Malts are without doubt the most richly flavoured of all whiskies, and once tasted nothing compares.
Ah, thank you for setting me straight Martin; I wasn't sure about my information. Knowing who owns Caol Ila is far less important to me, however, than knowing where I can find it locally! I usually have to special-order it.
Glenmorangie because I prefer something a little smoother.
I'm more of a bourbon drinker myself, but i do fancy a few fingers of The Famous Grouse now and then. Not exactly high-class, but very smooth and a nice addition to a good book. If i'm going to splurge, i have to go with one of Glenfidditch's offerings. Love the 18-year, when i can find it. So hard to find a good Scotch in this part of the country.
The Dalmore - never fails to please.
I like Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, or Maker's Mark, personally. Over ice.