We thought it would be helpful to put together a list that, in our opinion, are the best tasting single malt whiskies that have the best ratio between price and value. We collectively thought that $60 was the dividing line between value and pricey.
We tried to choose widely available expressions that hopefully won't break the bank. The prices may vary depending on local retail prices.
Drawn from a single cask of a single distillation, each cask forms a limited edition of hand-numbered bottles.
What makes this expression so special is that each bottle is unique and unrepeatable. This is the best Balvenie for the buck.
A very versatile whisky with nutty, toffee, vanilla fudge undertones with a hint of brine and smoke.
A very comforting whisky that will accommodate many moods and situations. One of the most underated/underadvertised distilleries in my opinion.
Very smooth with buttery notes. This 12 year expression is a great value and one of my favorites on a day to day basis.
Dalmore is a great distillery, but is generally priced higher than most that are similarly aged. You will get the gist of the Dalmore range with this bottle.
This is Macallan’s entry level “sherried” expression. It’s a classic single malt with a strong aggressive sherry presence but still has great depth for a 12 year old.
|Glenrothes Alba Reserve||$59.99||
A pleasant easy-going dram and perhaps the softest expression from Glenrothes.
As a nice break from sherry, this single malt is matured exclusively in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. (‘Quercus Alba’ is the Latin name for white oak and ‘Alba’ is the Gaelic word for Scotland)
|Laphroaig Triple Wood||$59.99||
Fantastic dram! Essentially this is Laphroaig Quarter Casks finished in Oloroso sherry casks.
As a fan of Laphroaig, the sherry finish adds a very welcome addition to an already great whisky.
|Caol Ila 12yr||$54.99||Smooth, crisp, and peaty. When I’m unsure what whisky to drink, I often times pour Caol Ila 12 yr. A mainstay for anyone’s range.|
|Benriach 12yr||$44.99||A Gold Medal winning at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2011, pleasant combination of grain, honey, vanilla, and light sherry.|
Whisky contains fruit, floral, with a light peat. Finished in French wine casks.
Rocks refers to the water brought up through 1.8 billion year-old Gneiss Rock from which the whisky water is derived.
Superior, sherried dram by Glenfarclas. Palate introduces bread, grain, with a nice light chocolate sweetness and mild spice.
Similar to the Glenfarclas 10 year with a sherry finished – this makes a world of difference. Sets a high bar for a 12 yr old sherry variety.