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@nooch
nooch started a discussion

I'm always on the hunt for good whisky that doesn't blow my budget up. I'm curious as to what y'all enjoy that falls within those parameters. Obviously everyone's budget is different. For the purposes of the discussion we'll say that 'affordable' is under $80cad. I recognize that that isn't cheap, but prices being what they are in Ontario I want to give people options.
Right now mine would be Benromach 10yo for $59. Great whisky. Creamy. Good body. Love it.

6 years ago

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@NamBeist
NamBeist replied

Springbank 10 yo is an affordable whisky in the Netherlands.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

Benromach 10 is great. I really like Aberlour 12 Double Matured. It runs $66 CAD and, in my opinion, outperforms Balvenie 12 Doublewood ($95CAD) and many Macallans (Gold, Amber, 12 YO Double Cask). Glendronach 12 is also really good at $77 CAD.

On the bourbon front, I'm a fan of Knob Creek Small Batch 9 Year Old (currently on sale for $42), Four Roses Single Barrel ($47) and good old Buffalo Trace ($43).

On the Canadian front, Wiser's Dissertation is $65 and terrific. My bottle of Lot 40, which costs about $40, is almost gone but will almost certainly be replaced ASAP.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

@nooch, location for purchase is as large a factor as is personal budget, e.g. Ardbeg Uigeadail and Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength just about make your price cut off where I live, and I certainly consider them to be 'affordable'. They could be "everyday driinkers" here. Where you live the one is unaffordable and the other completely unavailable. You might consider a discussion on "What do you consider best buys at the LCBO?". That is mostly what you want to know, isn't it?

N.B. there are other Connosr discussions on similar topics, but since price has changed so much in the last several years, this is a subject which needs frequent updating.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@nooch

I agree that it's hard to standardize a discussion like this in a worldwide market.

I would probably have chosen Benromach 10 as the best buy in Ontario according to your criteria, but sadly it has been sold out for a number of weeks with no clear indication as to when it will come back.

When I bought my bottles of Bowmore Tempest batch 5, I paid less than $80 Canadian.

I think I found a few gems under $80 in Calgary, including Old Grand Dad BiB.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

@nooch, in a higher priced market, like Ontario, Can$ 80 doesn't buy a very big list of malt whiskies. Looking only at malts at the LCBO the list is pretty short of great buys in that price range. As I've said several times over the last 6 years if I lived in most of Canada (especially in Ontario, Quebec, or British Columbia) I would establish a network of regular couriers to and from Calgary, Alberta to get that 30-40% average cheaper price on whisky. I hear that New Brunswick is another good option on some whiskies. Trips to the US for whisky are also good, but you need at least 2 or 3 of you traveling together to make the duty free bottle allowance coming back into Canada worth the effort.

6 years ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@nooch Talisker 10 ticks all my boxes. I've got a bottle that's been open almost a year now and it just keeps getting better (unlike my Ardbeg 10 which went very flat). I find the Talisker very rewarding

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

@Hewie, Talisker 10 costs 20% above @nooch's acceptable upper limit-- where he lives.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

...sorry, 25% more.

6 years ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@Victor another crazy example of differences around the world. You mentioned Uigeadail to him which is 1/3 MORE than Talisker 10 here in NZ ($120 vs. $80). Talisker is in line with some other recommendations here too. These discussions really do become specific to location.

6 years ago 0

@MadSingleMalt

Best buys in the US:

•Old Grand-Dad 114, $25

•Knappogue Castle 12, $30

•Glenmorangie 12 Quinta Ruban, $38

•Talisker 10, $50

•Ardbeg 10, $45

•Ardbeg Oogie, $56

•Laphroaig 10 CS, $50-60

•The clearance bin at any good Binny's, $Oh-crap

6 years ago 0

@nooch
nooch replied

I debated what number to make the high end number because I know the LCBO isn't representative. I do have a Calgary mule to bring me back bottles. As much as anything else, I'm looking for what people feel is affordable/available. I chose $85 because above that wouldn't necessarily be considered affordable by some people. Love the suggestions!

6 years ago 0

@dcbill
dcbill replied

I have place near me that carries Lagavulin 16 for $64.99 on special (right now), and it is regularly $69.99. I second the mention of Laphroaig 10. As far as Bourbon goes... Buffalo Trace and Knob Creek always inhabit my shelf.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@ajjarrett
ajjarrett replied

@nooch Is that the Benromach 10 /100 (Imperial Proof) or the 'regular' 10yo expression?

For me, my contribution to this discussion would be 62.99 USD for Bunnahabhain 12yo, it is affordable, and available, and definitely one I enjoy. This price of 62.99 does not include tax, and I am located in Denver, CO, so prices will vary (as well as tax).

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@ajjarrett

The Benromach 10 43% is sold out in Ontario. The 100 proof is $117.00 and there are 2 in Ontario. I'd have bought it but I got 2 in the UK for about $80 and one as a gift from Nova Scotia.

The Bunna is over $85 in Ontario.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@ajjarrett
ajjarrett replied

@Nozinan Oh my, those are all up in price in Ontario. How do you 'survive' with those prices? When I compared the prices and selection compared to what my friends have in Taiwan, I get jealous. I think I would go insane and feel beyond envious if I were in Ontario.

It's been a while since I looked for it in several places, but another whisky I enjoy and think is affordable and available is 65-70 USD for the Aberlour 12yo Non Chilled Filtered.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@ajjarrett The Aberlour 12 is available and under $70 (used to be 43% and now is 40%) but the 12 YO unchilfiltered has never been listed in Ontario. I have a sample from Fine Drams in Europe, but have not yet tried it.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@ajjarrett
ajjarrett replied

@Nozinan I got worried (for what reason(s) I am not sure) about the 12yo Aberlour Non Chilled Filtered (48% ABV) availability, some time ago, so I ended up purchasing four bottles of it, and since then, I can still find it around my city. I prefer this expression over the 12yo Double Cask.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@ajjarrett I've heard mixed reviews but I really ought to try it on my own. I like A'Bunadh, but was less impressed with the other expressions at 43%. That was a while back. Maybe with a more mature palate...

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

@ajjarrett, yeah, those Ontario guys never get tired of reading things like, "I think I would go insane and feel beyond envious if I were in Ontario." It is a true expression of feeling from you, of course, and they also often feel that same way...for some, e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e d-a-y.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@ajjarrett
ajjarrett replied

@Victor So, as we can see location will definitely shape a person's response to the topic of available and affordable. My friends in Taiwan always make me feel a bit down about being in the US, by telling me, "Oh, you should come to Taiwan for a buying trip."

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

@ajjarrett, your Taiwanese friends just miss you! Obviously no one other than a megabucks collector crosses the Pacific Ocean in order to save money on whisky.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@nooch
nooch replied

@dcbill lagavulin 16 is $130 in Ontario. Sigh

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@dcbill
dcbill replied

@nooch You know, Lagavulin 16 I have heard has a wide disparity in pricing, even in the US. In my opinion, anything $70 or less is a steal. Searches online find it priced as much as $105 US from what I have seen.

6 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@dcbill As much as, eh?

And I use the term "eh" on purpose...

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@nooch Only $124.95 - don't exaggerate.... sigh

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@dcbill
dcbill replied

@Nozinan When my Canadian citizenship certificate arrives (any day now), I will add an "eh" or two to my posts.

6 years ago 3Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@MadSingleMalt That post and those prices....that's just mean to post in a thread full of long-suffering Ontarians.

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor replied

@OdysseusUnbound, what you say is true, but the list is much longer than that.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@Victor Our prices are at least double what @MadSingleMalt listed. In some cases (Glenmorangie QR) more than double. rage And worst of all, Laphroaig CS isn't even available.

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