+1. There are some really nice Japanese whiskies and they are well worth trying, both blended and single malt.
I was treated to some Suntory Yamazaki 18 yo single malt when I was last in Japan and really enjoyed it.
I was about to call the movers; good thing you clarified the last bit.
I am just about finished with my Bowmore, and then I will be gleefully opening my bottle of Auchentoshan.
The problem with taking the nice stuff is that lesser stuff gets relegated. Please dont tell my wife I have been using JW Black for polishing my shoes (well, some of it anyway, hick!).
Recently cracked open (and finished) a bottle of Glendronach 15 yo revival. Definitely recommended if you have a penchant for sherry. Opens with strong sherry and spicy notes on the nose. On the palate overall a honey nectar like body albeit briefly before the wood and spice overpower.
Now back to the habitual Macallan for something a little more subdued.
Try the Glenlivet 15. There is something that happens to this whiskey (and not the not the French Oak Reserve) when a little cold water is added. The bouquet just opens up magnificently.
The Japanese whiskeys are, IMHO, some of the most underrated ones out there. I find the Nikka, Hibiki and Suntorys are the perfect balance of peaty and sweet, for my personal liking.
but im not as big of fan of the 12 year single