Not all single malts are expensive. I just had a quick look at the web sites for Dan Murphy's and Nicks Wines and found 7 or 8 single malts all under $50 per bottle. There are another 4 or 5 single malts in the $50-$60 range as well. I'm not saying blends are bad, I've heard that over 80% of all scotch made in Scotland each year is used in blends, add in a little more for scotch based liquers like Glayva and single malts are only a small part of the entire amount of scotch sold each year. I have 7 different single malt scotches at home, and some blended scotch as well, so blends aren't bad, it's just that I think single malts can be more interesting. As for "pleasant", what is "pleasant" for me may not be "pleasant" for you, that's something that is entirely subjective. Some of the people who've posted reccommendations in this thread in the past clearly prefer the scotches that have a very strong smokeyness to their aroma and flavour. Personally I like some smokeyness but I have my limit, if the smokeyness overwhelms the rest of the aroma and flavour, I don't enjoy drinking it. I'm not saying that scotch with a lot of smokeyness is "bad", it's just not what I enjoy, but other people enjoy it a lot, it's a personal preference. I have no way on knowing what *your* personal preference is, I have no way of knowing what would be "pleasant" for you. For a single malt that is affordable I'm going to make two suggestions, Glenfiddich 12 year and Glenmorangie 10 year. Either one should be a good starter for a single malt, they are both quite mild and not expensive (Dan Murphy's has the Glenfiddich 12 year for $50 and the Glenmorangie 10 year for $57). Depending on your personal preference, you might think both of these are rather bland, but I'm taking the safe option here since I don't know what you mean by "pleasant". For a blend I'm going to say Grants which you should be able to get for under $30. Grants is owned and bottled by the same company that owns and bottles Glenfiddich and will have scotch from the Glenfiddich distillery in it, but it won't be 12 years old and it wil be a mix of scotch from several distilleries.