While the purchasing power of households is at half mast and the inflation of prices due to handjob whiskey discourages certain amateurs, it is worth remembering that one can still find whiskey at less than $ 50 of high quality. You can even take advantage of a trip to the supermarket to slip between two packs of wipes a bottle of single malt barely more expensive than a pack of thirty-six Kronenbourgs.
The Best Whiskeys Under $50
1/ Kilkerran 12-year-old
Resuscitated 12 years ago, the Glengyle distillery in Campbeltown now produces the marvelous Kilkerran. This 12 year old is the first regular bottling of the distillery. We already really liked the “work in progress” it delivered to make us wait. The wait was worth it because this whiskey was greeted with cries of joy from all the whiskey geeks on the planet. Serge Valentin of Whiskey Fun has also awarded him the note of 90, very heavy for a new whiskey at such a low price. With its light smoke, its iodized side and its notes of well controlled spices, this Kilkerran will delight lovers of old school snacks and a bit austere.
[ SHOP $43.92 ]
2/ Glendronach 12-year-old Original
A cult whiskey for lovers of sherry casks, this Glendronach 12 is a safe bet. It is the ideal gateway into the world of sherry barrels. If he is not at the level of his late big brother aged 15, it is nonetheless very successful. Its great aromatic richness and its robust character make it the ideal companion for long winter evenings. To drink oklm by the fire with a good book.
[ SHOP $34.94 ]
3/ Benromach 10 Year Old
Owned by Gordon & Macphail, the independent bottler, this distillery offers a whiskey of a somewhat forgotten style, that of peat speysiders as we did in the 60s (we talked about it here). With this 10-year-old Benromach offers a character whiskey of great complexity. We love this subtle hint of peat which brings a lot of length and a big dose of pleasure.
[ SHOP $37.88 ]
4/ Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-filtered
Aberlour is one of the temples of Speyside. The whiskeys of the distilleries are in the tradition, powerful and round and this expression has the particularity that it is not cold filtered and title at 48 degrees. Made from a blend of bourbon and sherry casks, this whiskey proves to us that Aberlour also knows how to do the job. An experience worth the detour and off the beaten track.
[ SHOP $59.84 ]
5/ Clynelish 14 Year Old
We already told you about Clynelish in an article dedicated to the legendary distillery of which she is the heir. We are not going to tell you that this Clynelish 14 year old is Brora but the fact remains that it is an excellent whiskey, often available in supermarkets in the city center for less than 40 euros. Its great delicacy and maritime freshness give this whiskey a sophisticated side that we love.
[ SHOP $59.41 ]
6/ Lagavulin 16 Year Old – 20cl
We no longer present it. Jean-Claude Izzo’s favorite whiskey. One of the stars of Diageo’s Classics Malt range. And for good reason, it’s excellent. We are never disappointed. As in literature, the classics are sure values. Its peaty and iodized notes work every time, this lagavulin winner of the whiskyleaks world cup 2016 has nothing more to prove and any amateur who respects himself must have a keel at home.
[ SHOP $26.47 ]
7/ Laphroaig Scotch Single Malt 10 Year
Another classic, with a drier and iodized profile, this whiskey had won the 2015 Whiskyleaks World Cup. With Highland Park 12, this is Serge Valentin’s other training whiskey. Incredibly rich, Laphroaig causes hay and medicine, very big stuff at an incredible price. Note that the Quarter Cask version is available for less than fifty euros and really excellent. Less aged but bottled at 48 degrees it is a powerful and natural experience at an unbeatable price.
[ SHOP $49.95 ]