chattarock wrote:...I am more or less looking for value/starter whiskey.
A long, long time ago, I started out on my malt whisky 'adventure' with the standard issues of Glenfiddich and Glenlivet (12YO). Of course, back then, there was nowhere near the variety of single malts readily available that there is nowadays. Nonetheless, I'm sure I wasn't alone in beginning with the whiskies from those two distilleries. And they're still not a bad place to start!
Therefore, I'd recommend you give the 12 Year Old Glenlivet and (for something just a little bit pricier) 15 Year Old Glenfiddich a try, then perhaps move on to the more challenging, expensive and ultimately rewarding 16 Year Old Cask Strength Glenlivet NÃ durra (a really exceptional value, all told). Also, consider some of the Balvenie releases, as they possess a quite delicious frutiness along with honeyed overtones.
From there, an entire 'world' of options awaits.