It's funny how we both use the same phrases (hick and redneck) and we are in exact opposite parts of the is (northwest vs. southeast).
Regardless, Balvenie will be an excellent choice and if that isn't available, try Macallan 12. I am willing to bet you'll enjoy both. Enjoy your journey in scotch whisky. It's a fun, but expensive, journey that you won't regret. Keep us posted on your thoughts and experiences.