I started down the scotch trail because I wanted that smoke. Before I had scotch though I drank lapsong souchong. So I knew I would like the smokiness of the scotch I purchased. I just didn't know how much I'd like it. I definitely prefer peated scotch to anything else. I enjoy bourbon and the like but I'd prefer to drink peated scotch almost all the time. I have a friend who's first scotch was Ardbeg and it took some convincing for him to try another scotch but he liked it after he realized it was not peated.