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My Top 10 Bang for the Buck Whiskies

by Oliver Klimek on July 19, 2010

After posting far over 200 ratings for all kinds of whisky I thought it would be a good idea to sum up the whiskies that in my opinion have the best ratio between price and value.

In my ratings I already give hints about the value for your money using a line of dollar signs. To create this Bang for the Buck ranking I picked some widely available whiskies that please your palate without hurting your wallet too much. Ranks 7 to 10 are basically on par, the order is random.

Of course your local retail prices may differ which can lead to a shift in ranking. But is this list is entirely subjective anyway, I don’t see a problem with this.

1. Readbreast 12

Price: ~€35 – Rating: 89

A very high quality Irish pure potstill whiskey. Rich, creamy, fruity, sweet and utterly delightful – about the best that Ireland has to offer.

 

2. Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Price: ~€40 – Rating: 90

The best value you can get for an Islay whisky. The final maturation in small quarter casks gives it an unrivaled complexity.

3. Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength

Price: ~€45 – Rating: 91

Laphroag has managed to secure another top position. And with its uncompromising character the CS really is an Islay whisky par excellence!

4. Elijah Craig 12 yo

Price: ~€30 – Rating: 85

An excellent bourbon whiskey for a very attractive price. Not always easy to find in Europe but not impossible.

5. Glendronach Revival 15 yo

Price: ~€50 – Rating: 89

A full-bodied sherry monster of a whisky that revives the old tradition of Glendronach distillery. Very dry and very complex.

6. Glenfarclas 17 yo

Price: ~€50 – Rating: 88

A premium sherried whisky with a strong fruity aroma. It might by a bit difficult to find in shops because it is mostly restricted to Duty Free / Travel value.

7. Springbank 10 yo

Price: ~€40 – Rating: 86

The glory of Campbeltown lives on in this standard bottling. Maritime, complex and highly enjoyable.

8. Connemara Cask Strength

Price: ~€40 – Rating: 86

The unusual peated Irish single malt from Cooley is sold at a very competitive price. It is quite different from its Islay cousins but very fine nonetheless.

9. Bowmore Enigma 12 yo

Price: ~€40 – Rating: 86

My favourite malt at the lower end of the Bowmore product range. Some sherry influence makes this a very complex and enjoyable Islay whisky.

10. Benromach 10 yo

Price: ~€35 – Rating: 84

This lightly peated Speyside malt tastes wonderfully old-fashioned. It has a very fine balance of many different flavours.

 

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Price: ~€40 – Rating: 86

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Dg November 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

11. Wild Turkey 101 old enough

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Oliver Klimek November 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm

That’s one I haven’t tried yet. Hard to get in Europe

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