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@paddockjudge
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What is your favorite Scotch whisky under $50? Té Bheag

11 years ago

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@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

There's not that much, other than blends, under $50 where I live, but my faourite, and best bang for the buck, is Aberlour 10.

11 years ago 2Who liked this?

@SquidgyAsh
SquidgyAsh replied

@Bluenote I'm in the same situation, not many/any under $50 bucks, but bang for buck and staying close to $50 is Aberlour 10 and Talisker 10, Talisker 10 especially is so good for such a stupid price!

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@Volcardi
Volcardi replied

All the 12 year old finishes of Glenmorangie(Quinta Ruban, Nectar d'Or and Lasanta)

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@maltster
maltster replied

Talisker 10, Laphroaig Quarter Cask & 10, Bruichladdich Ten, Redbreast 12, Glenfarclas 15, Glendronach 12, Longrow NAS or CV, Springbank 10, Aberlour 10, Glengoyne 12 cask strength, Johnnie Walker green and black label, Auchentoshan Valinch, Highland Park 12, Ardbeg Ten, Clynelish 14, Glenfiddich 15 Solera, BenRiach 12 P.X., Nikka from the Barrel, Balvenie Double Wood & 15, Compass Box Great King Artist Blend ... too many and some are not Scotch but they are under $ 50,- (european prices) and also very good.

11 years ago 3Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

What @maltster said, except I would add Balvenie Founders Reserve, Balvenie Signature, Old Pulteney 12, Ardbeg 10 and Grant's Family Reserve, and omit Doublewood.

Picking just one? Very difficult. Probably Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

@maltster, yes I see your Ardbeg Ten now. Mea culpa. Lapsus oculi.

11 years ago 0

@Volcardi
Volcardi replied

@maltster I don't agree with Auchentoshan Valinch. I had a sample of it, and i find that it barely has any taste at all... That's probably what triple distillation always does to whisky.

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mywhisky replied

Quarter cask is about 55 where I live so I would say Laphroaig 10 at $49. Not the most complex whisky, but powerful and unashamed, a fantastic dram at any price. For a more balanced whisky the Highland Park 12 is delicious at about $47.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@YakLord
YakLord replied

Aberlour 10...its about the only one under $50 at the LCBO...other than a host of blends, of which I do like the Te Bheag...

11 years ago 0

@PMessinger
PMessinger replied

@paddockjudge Now that's a tough question I would say under $50, AnCnoc 12yr, Old Pulteney 12yr, Kilchoman Machir Bay, Highland Park 12yr, are a few that I would take from my Scotch Locker. :)

11 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@YakLord - After the taxman and the angels both have their share, I for one rely heavily on affordable blends. I do enjoy JOHNNIE WALKER GREEN LABEL; the Talisker is an excellent suggestion. Cheers!

11 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

I see some common recommendations and will be inclined to sample these offerings. I am partial to Balvenie and Grant's; perhaps I could recommend another of Mr. Kinsman's creations - GIBSON'S FINEST 100TH GREY CUP LIMITED EDITION. This blend does not have a high proportion of barley in the mash bill, but simply put, it is dessert in a glass.

11 years ago 0

@Wodha
Wodha replied

Seattle, WA pricing is starting to come down recently after the switch form state run to private run liquor stores. Laphroaig QC was under $50 but now around town is about $90 with all the BS Taxes and handling fees the local government has slapped on everything. Needless to say most of my whisky dollars are going out of state and some international. Malster's list is insane to me now from here. BevMo and other large chains are popping up and rumors of the state ending the "handling fee" (I think it's 17% before taxes) means the darkest days may be behind denizens of Puget Sound.

11 years ago 3Who liked this?

@maltster
maltster replied

@Victor, I like Signature more than the Doublewood - it just didn't came to my mind. @ Volcardi - well it's one of the things I like in Whisky: everyone has his own taste and appreciates different stes of Whisky. You said you had a sample - I would recommend to give the Valinch a second chance as it is a great creamy, zesty Whisky with a lot going on - let it sit for 15 min in your Glass and you see a big development in the aromas . As you mentioned triple destillation - especially Auchentoshan is more on the heavier side compared to other Lowlanders (the citrussy Bladnoch or the floral Glenkinchie...) - especially their triple wood and the 21 are rich and full whiskys full of Aromas. The Valinch is not an easygoing Whisky but if you give him time I'm sure you will experience it's quality and flavours.

11 years ago 2Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@Wodha - Laphroaig QC is $70 in Ontario and no changes in sight.

11 years ago 0

@YakLord
YakLord replied

@paddockjudge - Islay Mist 8 isn't bad either, and I'd be ok with a bottle of Famous Grouse, and there are several really good Canadian whiskies available for under $50, but the selection of Single Malts under that price mark is extremely limited...

11 years ago 0

@MacBaker62
MacBaker62 replied

If I'm wanting a whisky with a sherry finish, Balvenie 12 year old DoubleWood. If I'm in the mood for something peaty, Ardbeg 10 year old!

11 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@YakLord - I'm on the Canadians like a phat kid on a smartie

11 years ago 2Who liked this?

@jandr272
jandr272 replied

Right now it would be the Aberlour 16. A penny under $50 just across the state line in SC.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

$75 for QC in Vancouver, BC. @Wodha, Malster's list is only available in my sweet dreams. 50 bucks gets you very little around here. Compass Box Oak Cross was $55, a pretty good deal here. Under 50 it really boils down to some decent blends or good old Aberlour 10. I do duty free every time I come down to WA or Ore. Some very good deals in Portland though.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@teebone673
teebone673 replied

Easy....HP12

11 years ago 2Who liked this?

@two_bitcowboy

Tamdhu 10 before the previous owners mothballed, then sold, the distillery. $25, and a stunner. I miss it and hope the new owners send us its equivalent soon.

11 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael replied

Just picked up another bottle of Glenmorangie 10 yr Original for $34...It's a fine malt for the price.

11 years ago 0

@OCeallaigh
OCeallaigh replied

For me it is Highland Park 12, Talisker 10, and the Laddie Ten.

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@Wodha
Wodha replied

I've become fond of Black Bottle recently. It's a great deal, even here in Washington State. www.blackbottle.com

11 years ago 0

@misslauren
misslauren replied

Hmm. I thought Buffalo area prices were fairly good, but most of the bottles Maltster mentions can't be had here for less than $50. Under $50 I'd have to go with Laphroaig 10.

11 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

The best I can do is Talisker 10yo. on special at my local for Au.$59.90 - This is actually a pretty good special, as is Glenmorangie 10yo. for $58.90. Aussie prices are pretty savage most of the time.

Cheers.

11 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

Here in Ontario, prices are so inflated it is extremely difficult to find something decent under $50 (CDN). So I'd have to say, Ballantine's Finest, The Black Grouse....um, OK everything else seems to be over $50 in this fine province :(

11 years ago 2Who liked this?

@RoganFox
RoganFox replied

@talexander Same here in Vancouver BC ...need the discussion to be for Scotch whisky under $100 and then we might have some options and better input !

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