From the "scotch flavor map" post, you now have a rough idea about what the different brands of scotch taste like. But if you are a newcomer still discovering the various flavors, what is the best way to find out what you like before splashing some serious money on a bottle?
In my experience, the easiest way is to find a local bar that carries a nice selection of varieties. Chat up with the bartender, give them feedback, and let them make suggestions till you find a few that you like.
A well-stocked bar
Here's a pro-tip for you: don't simply ask for a "scotch". If you do, they will usually just give you a glass of the cheapest scotch they have, and charge you full price for it. Always specify. Many places have a separate menu for scotch, or ask what they have on hand if you are not able to tell what they carry.