My son was in England and he knows I like scotch.
I only used to drink scotch blends, I didn't know about single malts.
He brought me a sampler of 4 or 5 tiny bottles of single malt scotch.
OMG, the first one I tasted was Ardbeg. It had a wonderful favor. I found it smooth going down and then it had a noticable (delightful) secondary "kick".
It was magical.
I can't explain it, but it ruined the other bottles for me. Maybe it was because it was my first single malt experience but it was surely memorable.