TOP 10 WHISKIES UNDER £50

If you're looking for the Top 10 best whiskies at bargain prices under £50, you've come to the right place! Here's our pick of the Top Ten Best Whiskies you can buy for £50 or less, featuring great value whiskies at the best prices.

Tobermory 12 Year Old
Tobermory 12 Year Old

Tobermory 12 Year Old

Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 46.3%

Tobermory is a distillery that has really begun to thrive recently, with a growing cult following for their Ledaig peated single malt whisky.

To focus on Ledaig alone, though, would be to miss out on the delights of the distillery's standard unpeated single malt, which seems to get better and better with each new batch.

Consistency is not a word much previously associated with Tobermory, but their recent bottlings have been consistently top drawer.

This Tobermory 12-year-old replaced the old 10-year-old as the distillery's standard bottling in 2019, when Tobermory reopened after a two year rebuild.

Matured in ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in virgin oak, it's been very well-received and represents another step up in quality for Tobermory.

Attributes
Distillery

Tobermory

Bottler

Distillery

Country Scotland
Region Island
Cask Type Ex-Bourbon & Virgin Oak
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 46.3%
Pre-Owned No
Tasting Notes

Nose: Rich fruit, orange and citrus notes, fresh floral hints and rich oak with vanilla and spice.

Palate: Sweet orange and citrus, creamy caramel and rich vanilla with spicy hints of cinnamon and clove.

Finish: Long and lingering vanilla and spice.

£39.00 inc VAT.
£32.50 exc VAT.
Berry Bros & Rudd Sherry Cask Matured | The Classic Range
Berry Bros & Rudd Sherry Cask Matured | The Classic Range

Berry Bros & Rudd Sherry Cask Matured | The Classic Range

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled By Berry Bros & Rudd 70cl / 44.2%

Now featuring new and improved snazzy packaging, this fantastic Sherry Cask Matured blended malt from the boys at Berry Brothers & Rudd is finally back in stock.

Sherry casks are not cheap, so this marriage of single malt whisky from sherry butts is really great value, punching well above its weight in complexity with distinctive flavours of dried fruit, patisserie and citrus with  nice nutty and spice notes in the background.

Attributes
Distillery / Brand

Unknown / Berry Bros & Rudd

Bottler

Berry Bros & Rudd

Series The Classic Range
Country Scotland
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 44.2%
Pre-Owned

No

Official Tasting Notes

Appearance: Enticingly dark

Nose: Sherry prominence with secondary resinous and prune-like notes. Invitingly seductive.

Palate: Well-balanced fruit on a Sherry bed. Wonderfully satisfying and fulfilling.

Finish: Long, lingering Sherry delight

£33.00 inc VAT.
£27.50 exc VAT.
Ledaig 10 Year Old
Ledaig 10 Year Old

Ledaig 10 Year Old

Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 46.3%

The 10-year-old Ledaig heavily-peated single malt whisky from Tobermory Distillery was introduced in 2007 and like many single malt whisky fans we were knocked out when we first tried it. Subtle it ain't, but this is a thrill ride.

Ledaig's full-on character is a combination of very boisterous wet, earthy peat alongside coastal salinity balanced by a toffee sweetness, but it also frequently has unique layers of rubber, sweet and peppery spices and barbecued meat. It's definitely not for everyone, but fans of this take-no-prisoners malt will accept no substitute.

Attributes
Distillery

Ledaig

Bottler

Distillery

Country Scotland
Region Island
Cask Type Ex-Bourbon
Age 10
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 46.3%
Pre-Owned No
Tasting Notes

Official Tasting Notes

Colour: Bright lemony gold.

Nose:
Sweet briny smokiness with distinct island character and playful notes that hint at mild antiseptic, creosote, wax polish, mint chocolate and floral seaside aromas. Soft peat, gentle smoke.

Palate:
Tantalisingly sweet, medicinal flavours infused with enticing sparks of spicy pepper and dried fruit with rich peaty smoke and a velvety vanilla and malty creaminess.

Finish:
A wondrous union of sublimely spicy white pepper, the vibrant sweetness of liquorice and a kick of cloves with a exquisite lingering saltiness.

£39.00 inc VAT.
£32.50 exc VAT.
Caol Ila 13 Year Old Discovery Range
Caol Ila 13 Year Old Discovery Range

Caol Ila 13 Year Old Discovery Range

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 13-year-old Caol Ila bottled at 43% by Gordon & MacPhail for their Discovery Range of great value, accessible single malt whiskies. The Discovery Range is colour-coded, with this Caol Ila 13-year-old's grey packaging indicating a Smoky flavour profile.

We were so impressed when trying the whiskies from the Discovery Range that we could not believe the RRP. In our opinion, these Gordon & MacPhail bottlings are better than a lot of whiskies at twice the price, and are a must for anyone looking to get into single malt whisky.

Attributes
Distillery

Caol Ila

Bottler

Gordon & MacPhail

Series

Discovery Range

Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 13
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 43.0%
Pre-Owned

No

Tasting Notes

Official Tasting Notes

Nose: Sweet vanilla and dried cured meat aromas with peat smoke undertones are complemented by banana and apricot.

Palate: Ripe banana, kiwi with vibrant hints of fresh citrus.

Finish: Long sweet and smokey.

£44.00 inc VAT.
£36.67 exc VAT.
Benromach 10 Year Old
Benromach 10 Year Old

Benromach 10 Year Old

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 43%

Relaunched in 2020, Benromach 10-year-old is produced using a mix of 80% ex-Bourbon casks, 20% ex-Sherry casks aged for nine years and then finished for a further year in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.

Benromach's textbook Speyside spirit ages very well in both bourbon and sherry casks, showing flavours of creamy malt and forest fruits with a wisp of smoke and lingering sherry notes. An absolutely tremendous dram for the money, Benromach 10-year-old is one of the best value entry-level bottlings you'll find.

Attributes
Distillery

Benromach

Bottler

Distillery

Country Scotland
Region Speyside
Age 10
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 43%
Pre-Owned No
£32.00 inc VAT.
£26.67 exc VAT.
A Single Malt Whisky Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set
A Single Malt Whisky Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set
A Single Malt Whisky Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set
A Single Malt Whisky Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set

A Single Malt Whisky Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set

Various Single Malt Scotch Whisky
6x 5cl / 40%, 40%, 40%, 43%, 40%, 40%

A splendid variety gift pack of single malt whisky minis, A Single Malt Whisky Journey does what it says on the tin, with six 5cl miniature bottles of single malt whisky from around the Scottish regions.

This great whisky miniature gift pack would be an ideal starter pack for anyone just getting into single malt whisky, and makes a fantastic Christmas stocking-filler for any whisky fan.

Please note that the product image here is a representative example and contents may vary between packs.

Attributes
Distillery

Various

Bottler

Distillery

Country Scotland
Region Various
Age Various
Bottle Size 5cl x6
ABV Various
Pre-Owned No
£30.00 inc VAT.
£25.00 exc VAT.
An Islay Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set
An Islay Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set
An Islay Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set
An Islay Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set

An Islay Journey | Whisky Miniature Gift Set

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
4x 5cl / 40%, 46.3%, 40%, 43%

An Islay Journey is a whisky miniature gift set featuring 5cl bottles of four excellent Islay single malt Scotch whiskies, namely Bunnahabhain 12-year-old, and a trio of mystery islay single malts: Smokehead, Islay Storm and The Ileach.

The Islay Journey whisky gift pack makes a delicious Christmas stocking-filler gift for fans of smoky Islay single malt whisky or indeed a great introductory pack for anyone looking to explore Islay single malt whisky for the first time.

Please note that the product image here is a representative example and contents may vary between packs.

Attributes
Distillery

Various

Bottler

Distillery

Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age Various
Bottle Size 5cl x4
ABV Various
Pre-Owned No
£26.00 inc VAT.
£21.67 exc VAT.
AnCnoc 12 Year Old
AnCnoc 12 Year Old

AnCnoc 12 Year Old

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70 cl / 40%

AnCnoc's entry-level 12-year-old has long been a reliably excellent dram, with gentle, sweet fruit flavours alleviated by a touch of citrus.

If you think that sounds like the ideal Speyside whisky, you wouldn't be far wrong - AnCnoc is distilled at Knockdhu, which was considered by many whisky writers (including Michael Jackson) to be a Speyside distillery before the regional borders were finally legally defined (badly) in the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009.

Attributes
Brand

AnCnoc

Bottler

Knockdhu

Country Scotland
Region Highland
Age 12
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV

40%

Pre-Owned No
Tasting Notes

Colour: Gentle amber with a slight yellow hue.

Nose: Soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground.

Palate: Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. Light yet complex, smooth yet challenging.

This is a dram that has something for everyone.

£29.00 inc VAT.
£24.17 exc VAT.
Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Discovery Range
Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Discovery Range

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Discovery Range

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 10-year-old heavily peated Bunnahabhain bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their splendid Discovery Range, which gives whisky lovers a tour of various flavour profiles and characters and showcases what Gordon & MacPhail are good at.

The Discovery Range is colour-coded for easy recognition, with this Bunnahabhain 10-year-old's grey packaging indicating a Smoky flavour profile. As ever with G&M, the prices are profoundly reasonable, and the whisky's quality will delight new fans and experienced quaffers alike.

Attributes
Distillery

Bunnahabhain

Bottler

Gordon & MacPhail

Series

Discovery Range

Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 10
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 43.0%
Pre-Owned

No

Tasting Notes

Nose: Vanilla, toffee and light fruitcake with peat smoke.
Palate: Hints of sea salt, zesty lemon, sweet candied lime and liquorice.
Finish: Smouldering bonfire.

£44.00 inc VAT.
£36.67 exc VAT.
Glenfarclas 12 Year Old
Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 43%

Packed full of sherry and fruit, Glenfarclas 12-year-old is one up from the 10-year-old in terms of depth of flavour and is bottled from 100% Oloroso sherry casks at the higher strength of 43%.

Glenfarclas 12-year-old is a fantastic whisky that was originally released for export markets and travel retail but has now found itself a stable home in the distillery's core range, and in the hearts of Speyside whisky fans. A terrific value sherried Speyside dram.

Attributes
Distillery

Glenfarclas

Bottler

Distillery

Country Scotland
Region Speyside
Age 12
Cask Type Sherry
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV

43.0%

Pre-Owned No
£40.00 inc VAT.
£33.33 exc VAT.