The Hibiki 17 is sublime, any one disparaging blends don't know what they're talking about until they've tried something like that or JW Blue. Macallan, good stuff but knows how to command a price for their brand. There are things just as well for less. Oban and Glenkinchie come to mind for the easy side of the spectrum.
This image map is pretty good
That is a dope fucking chart!
I just snagged me a highland 18 (decided to try smokey for a bit), a macallan 12, a macallan 18, and picked up another bottle of glenlivet 21.
Surprisingly, I almost prefer the macallan 12 over the 18 and glenlivet 21 -almost. For a 12, it really, really appeals to me.