nice to meet you as well. Extend my thanks to your son for his service to our country. I am a beginner at tequila(only been drinking it regularly for 3 or 4 years), but know what I like.
I am not much for the flavored tequilas either, but I really enjoy some of the subtle flavors a distiller can impart in the tequila, like vanilla, or chocolate in some brands. I really enjoy going to Mexican restaurants that have "flights" of tequila where you get about a 1.5 oz taste of 3 or 4 different brands, varieites. In Chicago, I had a few flights at the bar at Frontera, they offered a mezcal flight as well as reposado, and anejo.