Which version of Laphroaig was it??
Glenlivet is a very reasonably priced single malt scotch and probably good for first timers. MacCallen is another single malt but a little bit pricier. My current favorite single malt is Glenmorangie - those 16 men of twain know what they're doing. I've tried the Laphroaig and other pricier single malts but they are so heavily flavored with smoked peat that it is like drinking liquid fireplace soot!
One of my favorite blended scotches are the Johnny Walker line. Johnny Walker Black being the more popular and smoother (for Johnny Walkers anyway); JW Red is a little rougher around the edges. And, if you can afford them, the JW Green and JW Blue are OK but I don't think their price is worth what you get with them. Last time I flew I went to a Delta Crown Room and purchased a Johnny Walker flight which was ~ $35 for 5 individual shots (one red, one black, one gold, one green and one blue). Not bad. And when you were done, you really didn't give a hoot about being a likker critic anymore:D
The only thing to remember is that good scotch is single malt and is best when drank neat (no water, soda, or ice for that matter). A good scotch is something to die for just like a good Taurus.
Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, MacCallan all very good but requires a good cigar or maybe deserves a good cigar.
Thanks for the feedback, I have a list of others that I will have to look for. I too like the Glenmorangie. This one is dangerously smooth to me.
Laphroaig was my Scotch of choice for many years and being Scottish I exercised my birthright as often as I could. It got to the point however where the smoked peaty flavor gave me terrible indigestion so I had to compensate for my advancing years by switching to the MacCallan. That's still my tipple to this day.
While many drink their Scotch neat, if you talk to the distillers, they recommend that you add just a splash of water. Don't drown it. Just a dribble.
I can still remember the look of sheer horror on my father's face the first time he saw me put an ice cube in my Scotch. His comment, "Well son, go take your place with the women in the sitting room". He was old school.