single malt of choice, < $100 ??

Discussion in 'The Speakeasy' started by expatCanuck, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Greetings -

    Would like to hear what folks like in a single malt under $100.
    My preference is a moderate drink, not too peaty.

    Lately, the Oban 14 is my bottle of choice for an 'event'.

  2. boboakalfb

    boboakalfb Moderator Emeritus

    Hmmm, not too peaty...

    Bruichladdich 1989 Full Strength and Highland Park 18 both come to mind. :001_tt1:
  3. TimmyBoston

    TimmyBoston Moderator Emeritus

    You've got lots of options in this price range.

    First: Try to find a good liquor store/wine shop where you can sample some different things.

    Off the top of my head, Bruichladdich, Glenmorangie and Highland Park all have some great offerings below $100.
  4. Glenlivet 15 year is great ... also Dalwhinnie is a great scotch.
  5. +1 on both of those (although the HP 18 is above 100 here, I think). I'd also add the Caol Ila 15 to that list.
  6. One of my favorites, but it is a "peaty" whisky, which tho OP specifically did not want.

    In any case, it is damn fine whisky and might change the OP's mind!
  7. See, I read `not too peaty' to imply that he wanted something peaty, but not in the 'phroaig/Laga/Ardbeg sort of range. But yeah, there's definite peat in it.

    Either way, a beautiful dram, and not too pricey.
  8. It's the Goldilocks whisky -- just peaty enough!
  9. Highland Park 18 - 'nuff said.
  10. My current favorite sub $100 bottle would have to be the Macallan 15 Year Fine Oak.
  11. The Glenlivet 18, but I am by no means a connoisseur.
  12. There are a few that I enjoy. Glenrothes has some nice selections, Cragganmore, Glenmorangie, highland Park, Macallan, Oban, and Talisker all have good selections. Glenrothes is probably my favorite.
  13. If you don't want a lot of peat, Macallan is very good. I am quite fond of the cask strength Sherry Oak 10 year old. It is not very expensive too.

  14. Glenmorangie Port Wood finished (Quinta Ruban) is a nice albeit not quite traditional scotch.

    I fear that the contents of my bank account will drop along with the temperature, due to my preference for drinking scotch in the fall.
  15. it's rye, not scotch - but my favorite whiskey of all time

    they make a 19th century and an 18th century version

    i also love the oban - and once in awhile, talisker
  16. Can't go wrong with a Glenlivet 18 years. Glenlivet is my favorite moderate, smooth singlemalt of choice.

    I'm just drinking one now, with that nice Glenlivet blue sticker bottle in front of me :biggrin:
  17. How about a good lowland; say, a Rosebank -Cask, Connoisseurs Choice or Flora & Fauna- before they're gone for good. You can probably pick one up for sub $70 delivered, unless you're lucky enough to have a stock locally. Many have said it's perhaps the most approachable and refreshing of the available lowlands drams, sub $700.
  18. There are numerous malts, with little or no peat influence in this price range:

    The cask strength Macallan that was previously mentioned is the bargain of the Macallan range.

    Scapa 14 is a honeyed delight

    Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve and 16 Nadurra are the choice in that range,

    Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or is a unique luscious classic

    Cragganmore 12 is very multi faceted for a "mainstream" Speyside whisky

    Isle of Arran 10 is mellow for its years

    Aberlour 10 is always a bargain

    Glenfiddich 12 couldn't offend anyone

    Cadhu 12 is a "light" classic as is Knockando
  19. Highland Park 18 yo is your best bet. (It's 99.99 here in NH)

    If that's too much, than try the 15 yo. HP is the best balanced single malt out there.

    ETA: I see I was beaten to it by Torcams.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  20. ^^^

    I havn't seen any Cardhu around for years. Where are you finding it?

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