A list of a few whiskies to try in order to get started. These will introduce you to a handful of good common whiskies. To really get a good start, try one of the bourbons, one of the ryes, one of the Scotch blends. Then try one Scotch from the various regions. When you've finished, you should have a good idea of what you like. Do you like the smoothness of the blends, the complexity of the Highlands or Speysides? The smokiness of the Islay or Island bottles? The sweetness of the bourbons? The strength of the rye? This should help you pick out other whiskies to try next.