Indeed I did go to Scotland, january this year actually.
I can only recommend going there, people are very friendly and visiting the distilleries does yield some insight to how your whiskies are made, and what's more important to me: the VERY subtle differences between the distilleries' production methods that lead to distinctively different whiskies. Also there are some formidable bars ;-),
Just to clarify, I may have been too bold when dubbing myself experienced, but I have had around 40-50 different bottlings, also some of the rarer and more obscure bottles than your average joe.
Have you been to Scotland Dave?
Unfortunately no. I live in the 'colonies' around the other side of the world; not a trip I make frequently. Your experience surpasses mine as I have not visited any distilleries, only breweries. However, I'm in no rush and will let my tastes mature naturally (ie when I have the finances). I've been getting into the Japanese whiskeys lately as they are quite a bit lighter/smoother (forgive me as I don't know whiskey tasting nomenclature) than most of the real deal whiskeys, where you can really taste the barrel. I find Hibiki 17yo is agreealbe even during the height of summer.