Picked up a copy of Whiskey Classified, Choosing Single Malts by Flavour by David Wishart. Excellent read, and highly recommended for newbies. A much more comprehensive treatment of the subject than Kevin Erskine's fine synopsis.
I especially like the fact that he profiles the most popular offering from each of most of the distilleries - meaning, in most cases an affordable bottle.
This book is slick, well-written and illustrated, and should be a shelf standard for single malt whisky-philes. (My next reading purchase will be Michael Jackson's tome.)
So many malts, so little time...