Here's my story since I am also new here and new to the world of single malts. I am 49.
Having been a blended scotch drinker, mostly at events and functions, and not knowing all tht much about them, I had occasion to try a single malt at a recent neighborhood gathering (about 2 months ago). The only other option was wine, which I never cared too much for, so I was glad when someone brought scotch. Now to this point, the way I ordered scotch would be the same as someone ordering "a beer". I realize it makes no sense now.
Not paying too much attention, I poured myself some and upon that initial taste, had to see what it was, as it was not what I had been used to. Without previous exposure to anything but Chivas, JW, etc, I did not hear of the name on the bottle, Macallan. It was the 12 year. I had several more that evening. As I didn't know any better, I added ice just as I did in the past to the blends I would drink. But even so, there was a noticable difference.
Since then, I realized there was a whole world I wanted to get to know better. I searched for forums and found myself here a lot the last few weeks, reading all I can about single malts and specific reviews.
After buying a bottle of the Macallan 12, I have since tried and bought a bottle of the Balvenie 12 DW, which I also like very much. And impulsively, I bought the Glenmorangie 10, which I'm not so wild about. By the way, I have not used ice since that night!
Now I'm still in the learning phases of picking out the different flavors but have gotten better at the nosing part of it than distinguishing flavors as I drink. I have to say though, it seems I have a tendency towards the sherried expressions, which may be why the Glenmorangie threw me. I found it a little harsher and noticibly drier than the other 2, and not as sweet.
From what I've read, it seems Aberlour may be up my alley. But first I need to replace the Macallan 12...it's just about gone!