I may have reversed the characteristics between the Sheildaig Highland and the Laphroaig. It may be the peat in the Sheildaig that tastes better than the smoke in the Laphroaig. According to this review (by an admitted novice.)
I realize there are several varieties of the various brands that people have talked about here. For example, the Aberlour that Kendall likes may not be the type that I bought. Could you give the full name on the labels of your favorites? For reference?