Re: the realm of scotch
Was a big Scotch drinker for a long time, but have been transitioning to Bourbon more and more.
Definitely prefer Highlands Scotch over all others. My preference is for port-wood finished Scotch so my favorties span two distilleries.
My "special" Scotch is the Balvenie 21yr Port Wood Finish
My "everyday" Scotch is the Glenmorangie 12 yr Port Wood Finish (I think they have renamed this Quinta Ruban)
Others that I have enjoyed are:
Oban 18 yr
Balvenie 15yr single cask