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A request was made recently for me to provide a comprehensive list of quality scotches priced under $100. While I thought it was a reasonable request, when I went to formulate the list as it pertains to my favorites, I found that I was struggling. There are several that aren’t too bad, but so many more are hovering above the $100 mark that my better advice would be to simply save your money and get one of those. Nevertheless, I did manage to put together a top fifteen list for your enjoyment. In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, all of them fall below $75.
All of the whiskies listed below are considered “regulars” in my home. It’s just a list, though. If you want to read about the particular details involved with each edition mentioned, I’ve already done that. Each is a link to the appropriate review.
Again, they’re all worthy of your time, for sure, but I did take the time to put them in order of preference, with number one being my favorite.
15. The Glenrothes – Select Reserve, (No Age Stated), 43%
14. Jura – Superstition, (No Age Stated), 43%
13. Bunnahabhain – 12 Years Old, 43%
12. Glenmorangie – Lasanta, 12 Years Old, 46%
11. Ardbeg – 10 Years Old, 46%
10. Cragganmore – 12 Years Old, 40%
9. Laphroaig – 10 Years Old, 43%
8. Ardbeg – Uigeadail, (No Age Stated), 54.2%
7. Caol Ila – 12 Years Old, 43%
6. Glengoyne – 17 Years Old, 43%
5. The Dalmore – 12 Years Old, 43%
4. Laphroaig – Quarter Cask, (No Age Stated), 48%
3. Oban – 14 Years Old, 43%
2. Auchentoshan – Three Wood, (No Age Stated), 43%
1. The Balvenie – Caribbean Cask, 14 Years Old, 43%
What a great selection. Unfortunately many of them are even over the equivalent of $100 in South Africa.
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My only quibbles on that list are The Dalmore 12, Jura Superstition, and The Glenrothes since I’ve found them to be hit or miss distilleries. Other than that, those are some solid suggestions with Uigeadail, Bunnahabhain 12, and Quarter Cask being my favorites.
I have a few bottles that are yet to be opened and tried. I have a distinct feeling that this list will change soon. Stay tuned.
But of course! “Best of” lists should always evolve.
Thanks! Great article and some solid whiskies – it enticed me to create my own list. We do have similar tastes but there is more. Read it at dramgoodwhiskylady.wordpress.com
Brian D said:
amen to #’s 4 and 8–and i understand #13, as well. thanks for sharing this…