Originally Posted by va jim
I've been doing a bit of research. Would 12 YO Glenlivet be a good place to start?
Glenlivet would be a good place to start, but its not much different than what you're used to drinking... flavor-wise. I think you will like it, but not see much point in spending the money. That was what I thought anyway. I'd buy another bottle if I could find it for $25 or less.
The Glenfiddich 12 is a good place to start as well. It has a very "pear" taste to me that I love. I think I will always have a bottle of fiddich around.
Glenmorangie 10yr orignial is another good starter. At first I thought it was too "spirit tasting", but as I worked through the bottle, I found a fruitiness and sweetness that I love.
There are lots of good whiskies, but those are inexpensive, easily found whiskies that I'm sure you will like well enough to at least finish the bottle
I started on Laphroaig 10yr. I didn't like it at first. Tasted too "mediciney". Now I love the stuff and buy it several bottles at a time! You're going to have to try Laph eventually, so its up to you whether to try it now or later.