My wife and I scheduled our honeymoon around visiting Scottish distilleries and doing whisky tastings.
I have an entire bar in my house dedicated to whisky in all its forms. (Bourbon, Single Malt Scotch, Blends, Rye, etc.)
Start with Bourbon. It'll help you understand the different flavors you are looking for in a whisk(e)y, and is generally more pleasurable for the uneducated palate. Basil Hayden. Buffalo Trace. Makers 46. Try different things. Take notes. And go to a local whisk(e)y tasting. They are happening ALL THE TIME, because distilling has become huge recently.
As you figure out the "color and shape" of the flavors you like, then I can provide more direction.