My impressions of Scotch (or is it "scotch"?) are based on very limited experience. I've probably had fewer than ten drinks of scotch in my 59 years, save for the time that I lost a bet trying to drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker red label in one sitting. (I still get a little queasy just thinking about that bit of youthful stupidity.)
For those of you who know your way around the seemingly endless shelves of scotch, which moderately priced bottlings (say no more than five or six) would you recommend as an introduction to the range of styles and flavors available?
Just to illustrate the idea, if it were bourbon, I might recommend the following:
Wild Turkey 101 -- full bodied, with evident rye and strong barrel flavors
Maker's Mark -- somewhat delicate, floral fragrance, typical wheat smoothness, moderate barrel flavors
Old Grand Dad -- youngish, intense rye zest
Elijah Craig 12 y/o -- full bodied, minty/spicey flavors, strong barrel flavors
Old Taylor -- well-balanced, gentle flavors that preview what a full-bodied bourbon might taste like
Virginia Gentleman 90* 6 y/o -- full bodied, yet without the overpowering intensity of others
Should one limit the initial survey of scotch to blends? Or jump right into the single malts?