Balvenie: My 4th attempt at a malt whisky education (1985).
Caol Ila: My 1st attempt (1984) ....stillborn. Ran back to the store (OddBins) to complaint about "being sold a pup". Replaced with a Macallans 18 year old 1966 .......the best vintage of the 20th century....probably.
Nb. Actually sold two pups by OddBins: the aforesaid Caol Ila and a Langavulin. Come on! For a whisky tyro? Really? No wonder they switched me to a Highland.