The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
This is a fine whisky to give to a whisky novice.
It's a light and easy malt, with plenty of fruit – pears – and a floral streak (a splash of water really brings this out beautifully). To taste it's soft and easy, with more of the pear character and the merest hint of woody character from the casks.
The number one malt in the USA, but an easy going whisky like this is always popular and very good to drink as an apéritif.