I can't recall seeing any real sm's for $20 around here--pseudos like Glen Parker, maybe (not recommended, based on rep). I think of $35 as the minimum for something decent, and realistically more like $45. I don't drink blends, but you can probably get some decent ones for that, or close. Bourbon and Irish will give you better value, too.
MrTattieHeid wrote:Jackson gives it a very respectable 75. (Murray has been hiding on me.) Agreed that, at $22, you probably can't go wrong here, as long as you're not expecting fireworks.
Lawrence, your zipper is open.
JM gives it a 79 and Mr. T thanks for the 'advice'.
There does seem to be a bit of variation in taste in the bottles though, more than I have noticed with other brands.
MrTattieHeid wrote:That's a good point. I very recently heard a retailer say that certain things don't sell because the price isn't high enough! People looking for cheap whisky will pick a cheap blend; those looking for single malts will assume it's low quality at that price. A parallel issue to single-digit age statements.
Quite right Mr.TH. I guess you just have to be a bargain hunter at heart. I learned with wines for many years that sometimes you could find a $10-$15 bottle that would rival the $30 lot, and if you'd like to up it a bit to $20-$25 range you're again looking for the odd ones there that would rival the bottles in the $50 range and so on. The bargain bottles of whisky are rarer indeed, but then again the availability of varieties of the whisky is much more limited than wine, such is the case with the LCBO, a good perveyor yet a government run monopoly.
DramMeister wrote:I think young Glen Grants are great for the price. I've had a NAS one for about 15 euros. Local co op has the 10yr at £12 at the moment. I don't know what US prices are like.
That's a great price but I think you'll find it quite difficult to source any OB Glen Grant in North America.
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laphroaig10_65 wrote:In fact it depends on the countries, you can find Glen Grant 5 yo everywhere in Italy, for about 10 euros, and a Glenfarclas 10 yo in Hamburg for 19.95 euros (70 cl.).
Imagine a whisky for 10 Euros I wish I could live in a country like that. Do they still sell Bushmills 5yo over there????
JWFokker wrote:I can't stand anything Bowmore, it tastes like bacon grease in seawater to me, but the Dalmore I can stand behind as a solid value. It's still around or under $30 most places. Oddly enough, the Dalmore Cigar Malt I've actually seen for less than the standard 12yo some places. I've yet to try it though.
I very much enjoy the Dalmore 12. A very rich dram with nice robust flavors. My last bottle seemed to tire quickly, but it was excellent until then. The Cigar malt, on the other hand, I found thin and almost dusty. It did not work for me at all. I on the other hand, enjoy Bowmore Legend and 12yo; but I am an Islay guy. Another good cheap malt in the US; Glenfarclas 12, which can often be had for $30. Heavy sherry, some peat at points, a nice malt in my eyes. I have also seen Laphroaig 10 for $30. While some lament it is not the dram of yesteryear, I still enjoy the balance of peat and malty sweetness that the dram gives. I recently tried one of the 1980s 10yo Laphroig (Johnson and Johnson on the bottle), and frankly it was too austere and lacked balance (for me). A total peat monster, but I wanted some other element (and in spite of myself, the distilery character was not enough).
Jon Barleycorn wrote:Speyburn 10 is the cheapest double-digit single malt in my area, retailing for $20 or less. It's a gentle, pleasing dram that won't knock your socks off but is hard to beat in terms of value for your money.
I agree. A nice summer time dram on those days you do not want anything too intense, or too "challenging." I have heard some of the older expressions offer a bit more, would like to try.
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