Gerry Tosh, Highland Park
The first time I had Lagavulin, I could not stop at 1,2,3 nosing. I drew it slowly in many times, enjoying the exquisite aroma. When I eventually got around to tasting it the sensuality of the peat almost overwhelmed me. It is still my whisky of choice. Ardbeg Uigeadail is my second choice, although I haven't found it locally yet.
Not that I don't enjoy the "mainland" whiskies. They do have their own qualities I appreciate. I have even been known to have a blended or two and am still living to tell the tale.
I just prefer the island single malts. I also enjoy going to the small town of Luss on Loch Lomond. All homes are heated with peat. My love affair with peat must be in my genes.
I do love his accent and my favourite line:
"Please don't get led down a garden path by somebody who says I can smell you know winter berries picked on a Wednesday by left handed people! it is not important, that is not how it works."
That could be said for the wine snobs as well.