Balvenie gets mentioned quite often when reading back through the posts. I’m thinking of trying Balvenie as a “Magic Silver Bullet” of malt conversion. Between the JWR devotees, those who enjoy their Captain & Coke, the great unwashed masses of straight beer drinkers, the incalculable legions of wine zombies, and not to mention all the martini drinkers everywhere, I’m thinking Balvenie may the best malt as an easy introduction for all imbibers.
So far, Balvenie has been the best received by most newcomers who I’ve let try it. Their range offers enough options to adjust to individuals personal tastes. It's easy to find in stores and while it isn’t necessarily cheap, most can afford it if they view it as a “luxury item”. So going forward, or until proven wrong, I’m recommending Balvenie to those who know not of single malts.
All I have to do then is recommend the 10, 12, 15, or 21 (and if they’re getting the 21yo, they're giving me some).