Famous Grouse, or "The Bird", as my friends call it, is a very pleasant blended whisky. When I want whisky, but I'm not at a good whisky bar, I ask for this.
Glenlivet 12 is a decent beginner's whisky, offering a smoother expression of what you will find in a decent blend.
Aberlour 12 would be my recommendation for a quality single malt at a good price. Look for it.