Does anyone truly enjoy scotch the first time they have it straight? I always though it was a learn to love it kind of thing. Maybe that's just me. Some good advice here. yup...at least for me. My first single malt was HP12. But my very first scotch was the Black Label. I was telling myself since I got a bottle, I gotta finish it at least. So every Friday and Sunday evening, I would pour myself a dram. Eventually, I was looking forward to that Thursday and Sunday evening. After I finally finish my bottle of BL, I got myself a bottle of HP 12. Then I discover one of my cousin is a huge single malt guy. So I was fortunate enough to drink some great single malt from his stash. I basically got the chance to try everything under the sun from him. I'm hook and glad I bought some Glencairn glass also. My cousin recently gift me HP 18. I got finals coming up, so I'm looking forward to crack it open.