since my original post I bought both Macallan 12, and an Aberlour 15. I really like them both. Can't compare the two.
I do favor the Macallan 12-- Full, Smooth, Sherryish, Sweet, Malty, Citrus (Nose and Taste); I have been reaching for this quite a bit-- I find it very drinkable (This is the "New Bottle"). I've read some older posts talking Macallan down, but this new bottling taste excellent to me, and has an excellent nose (strong sherry, malt, and sweetness/honey) .
The Aberlour is nice-- also Full, Sweet, almost candyish; but to me it seems just a bit heavy, flowery/perfumy-- but it is quite nice.
I also bought Talisker 10 (Blue box) yesterday and WOW ! What a great dram--Very interesting: the nose to me is Peaty, Smoky, and a wee bit Sherry-- But the palate is very full, smooth, nicely-very-sweet, peat, smoky, little sourness, a little salt, and also for me I am getting a good dose of pepper. Very long, warm, sweet, and smoky finish. Very satisfying! Seems to have a bit of everything.
I've read some posts saying this is not as good as the "old" Talisker 10 (which I had never tasted-- but read could make you sweat from the pepper). I think it's delicious, complex, and seems to have plenty of pepper to it. I would be very interested in what others think of this latest Talisker 10?
Thanks to All-- Cheers!