Top 10 Bang For The Buck Whiskies

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Ryan August 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

It’s fascinating the price differences that people pay in different regions. What stands out to me most of all is the price difference of bourbon between the USA and Europe. In the US, we pay approximately the same prices for most single malts as Europeans (for example, if I go onto a UK based whisky dealer’s website, and convert Pounds to US dollars), yet we pay significantly less for bourbon than you do. We get Elijah Craig 12 year for less than half the price of Laphroaig Quarter Cask ($20 vs. $50). Do you think that you would have more bourbons in the list if you payed US prices for them? I think it’s a trade-off because there is less range of flavor across bourbons than there is across single malt whisky, so you may not have too many new spaces for bourbon.


Oliver Klimek August 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Of course my value assessments are based on European prices. I frankly don’t know enough about the US prices to take this into account.


Michael May 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Where is Glenfarclas 15? :-)
Better than the 17-yo imho…


Oliver Klimek May 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I preferred the 17. Your mileage may vary of course


William Gemmell October 28, 2012 at 6:06 am

Great “Bang for the Buck” list. Glendronach 15 Year Revival is getting to be a little pricey here in America, so that one tends to slip off of my BFB list, but only due to cost; it’s definitely a great Whisky!
The Laddie 10, Glenfarclas 17, and Laphroaig QC are great for the price as well. I would probably have to throw in Ardbeg Uigeadail to the list, maybe in replace of the Glenfarclas, but again, only due to price.


politicalidiot December 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

Nice list, but I’ll add one…I get to buy Lagavulin 16 YO for €41 in my part of the world. For that price there is no question is is a top value.


Johnny Berggreen February 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

Great list you’ve compiled there. tasted almost all of them, and agree with you, that there is a lot of fantastic whisky to be had for decent prices there.

been looking to branch out into bourbons, so I’m gonna give that Elijah Craig 12 a spin, along with a Blanton Gold I think.


Emmett Hossack May 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Great list. One that has recently moved up on my top 10 list is Glen Garioch Founders Reserve. Can buy it in Ontario for $52.


David June 28, 2013 at 12:18 am

what about Bladnoch. with the new owner creating a 10 year old product, craft-bottling at 55% with no caramel and no chill-filtration, and selling it for 40 GBP, that’s a BIG BANG for your buck.


Luke August 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Nice list Oliver. Elijah Craig is one of my favourite bourbons, it’s great value for the price. I’m also a big fan of the Laphroaig Quarter Cask – one of their best whiskies in my opinion.


Stuart McLaughlin November 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Very pleased to see Bowmore Enigma on this list.

Picked it up at the airport on a whim and love it – very good value. Need to try some of the others in the list too.


Yori February 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

The Bowmore Enigma is a surprise entry for me, but an excellent one – much better than the Legend and the Surf, both similarly priced at TR shops. I second the motion for Uigeadail at $55 in some US shops.


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