I'd reccomend the Glenmorangie Original (10yr) and a Dalwhinnie 15yr. I refer affectionately to these as 'Scotch with training wheels'. I find these two turn ppl onto Scotch Whisky far better than the Glen Twins' 12yr olds (Glenfiddich & Glenlivet) which is where I find most ppl start.
Both the Glenmorangie and Dalwhinnie are reasonabley priced and quite light. I find a fair bit of honey in both, and both are mildly complex, so you should be able to start picking out the notes in the backgound.