5 excellent single malt Scottish whiskies for under £50


Whisky is a very interesting drink in that it comes in so many different types, flavours, colours, strengths, ages and from many different countries which I believe is what makes it such a widely popular drink. Whether you drink it straight, on the rocks, mixed with coke or with a little water, many people enjoy whisky. I mainly drink single malt scotch whisky. I don’t claim to be an expert in any way but I would consider myself a connoisseur. I enjoy a wide range of whiskies from deep, peaty, smoky flavours to a lighter, delicate, floral whiskies. With this in mind I have put together a list of 5 single malt scotch whiskies that cover a wide flavour profile. For people new to single malt scotch these whiskies will give a bit of an overview of the different flavours and at the same time won’t break the bank. However, that is not to say these are just for people new to whisky, far from it in fact, all these whiskies are staples in my drinks cabinet and are enjoyed by whisky drinkers new and old.

I bought the whiskies from multiple suppliers and the price stated is what I paid for them. I hope you find my post of interest.


1. Glenmorangie 10 Year Old-The Original

Price- £29.95 (70cl)

Strength- 40%

Region- Highland

First up is a great whisky especially for people new to drinking whisky. The Glenmorangie 10 year old is very easy drinking as it is not an overly strong flavour and is quite creamy. On the nose you get strong fruit, honey and spice. The taste is creamy and well balanced with sweet spice and a hint of vanilla, a touch dry. The finish is short and gentle with dried fruits and malt. A great example of a highland whisky at an equally great price.

2. Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

Price- £42.00 (70cl)

Strength- 43%

Region- Speyside

The fact that this whisky is under £50 is very surprising. I have read numerous reviews claiming this whisky is better than another popular rum cask whisky which is 7 years older and more than twice the price, however I am yet to try the older of the two so cannot confirm this. The smell is of vanilla, honey, rum, tropical fruit and is very sweet. In many ways it tastes as it smells with sweet vanilla, fruit and a slight hint of rum. It is very smooth drinking. The finish is again sweet but now with dry fruit and a slight spice. An absolute steal for the price.

3. Talisker 10 Year Old

Price- £39.00 (70cl)

Strength- 45.8%

Region- Island

Next is an absolutely fantastic whisky! Winning award after award the Talisker 10 year old is one of my favourite whiskies and is a favourite of many whisky drinkers looking for a deliciously smokey dram. It smells of thick, sweet bonfire smoke with a hint of sherry. Heavy smoke is the first flavour that hits you, it then lingers into peat, salty brine and then a spicy pepper note. The finish is long, warming, sweet and smoky. This truly is a great whisky!

4. Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

Price- £30.95 (70cl)

Strength- 40%

Region- Speyside

12 year old Glenfiddich is one of the first single malt scotch whiskies I ever tried and really liked, floral and light. The smell of orchid fruit is what hits you first followed by a fresh, floral aroma and then oak. It tastes floral with spice, smooth. The finishes is short with sweet fruit and oak. A classic Speyside.

5. Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old

Price- £47.95 (70cl)

Strength- 46%

Region- Highland

The Quinta Ruban is a 12 year old Port finish. I am a big fan of Port infused whisky so to find such a good example for under £50 is fantastic. I love the sweet, fruit flavour and ruby hue the Port gives to the whisky, however it’s not for everyone. On the nose you get sweet Port, red berries and a hint of oak at the end. As with the smell the first taste you get sweet Port then in to fruit with a suggestion of smoke. The finish is medium but lingering, sweet and smooth. One every Port finish whisky lover should try!


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