Originally Posted by MrWhisky
Tonight I was at a friends who happened to have some Famous Grouse, I know it's not top of the game but I was pleased to find I actually liked it - neat too!
When I head to ASDA, they do a Glenfiddich gift set, 3x 5cl miniatures of the 12/15/18 year olds. I'm particularly looking forward to these as I've often wondered the tastes between different ages. I realized all three whiskys I've tried have been blended scotches too, so these single malts should be interesting.
Looks like your on the right path now.
I'd had some Famous Grouse when I first found myself becoming interested in whisky, and drinking it straight is what will tell you if you will enjoy whisky, or if it's just something to have only with mixers.
One thing about whisky though, is that the cheapest ones will only taste good if you mix them, and if you want to enjoy it, you're best off getting above ground level to find some whiskies that you will like.
Good luck on identifying which basic styles are appropriate for your tastes, but do not accept the concept that single malts are better than blends. The only real 'better' is the one that identifies your personal preference.
If you ever get interested in trying some very fine blends, the Japanese have made notable inroads in the field, particularly with the Taketsuru 17 or 21 and Hibiki 12 or 17.