I'd be inclinded to start with something like a Glenmorangie 10yo. It is a smooth and I suppose creamy dram and I don't believe there is a better introduction to single malt whisky.
You might also want to try a vatted malt e.g. Famous Grouse 10yo or vintage 1992, again a worthy inroduction to malts.
Have a look at the other messages around these boards and you'll soon get some ideas.
Hold on to your Glenfiddich 18 though. As your palate develops you'll soon appreciate the nuances of this dram. It is not a bad drop.
To the novice, all whisky will taste much the same and blends are favoured as they seem more gentle. However, once you discover the subtle differences between single malts you'll be hooked!
It started with a J&B rare. I couldn't believe it, I could drink it without the usual gagging... Then I tried a Highland Park 12... Wow! this is more than just liquid!
Having read extensively ever since I couldn't resist the challenge of Laphroaig. Not for the faint-hearted it said in the book. Its dynamite... but I happily lit the fuse...
At your stage I'd go for an Isle of Jura. A very gentle dram that kisses your tongue with the gentleness of an angel. An under-rated malt in my opinion.
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