Best Inexpensive Scotch Whisky

216242
Grand Macnish
"Black" Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Roasted, smoky aromas and flavors of peat, bbq pork, caramelized fruits, and pipe tobacco with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long smoked nuts, white cigar ash, honey pastry, and iodine and gauze finish. An impressively smoky and well articulated blend that is sure to please fans of Islay.
93 points $29.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210653
HIGHLAND CREST
Blended Scotch Whisky
Light gold color. Bright, alliaceous, fruity aromas of granola and nut brittle with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long toasted nuts and grain, fruit pastry, floral honey, and minerals finish. A very smooth and nuanced blended Scotch that would be a great introduction to the category.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221055
Dewar’s
White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of tobacco, lemon bar, salt cave, and underripe pineapple with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length grilled green pepper and artichoke, barbecue pork, eucalyptus, and salted citrus salad finish. A savory blend for smoke seekers; add drops of water to further develop the flavors.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213692
Kirkland Signature
Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, buttery, roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate roasted nuts, toasted pretzel roll, and toasted grain with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length mocha custard, nut skins, peppery and brown spices, and limestone finish. A layered, well balanced and versatile Scotch whisky.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210838
Speyburn
"Bradan Orach" Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Pale light gold color. Bright, fruity, nutty aromas of peach granola, spicy custard pastry, and creme fraiche with a satiny, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, relaxed toasted nuts and grain, sweet cream, grassy earth, and pepper finish. A subtle and very well balanced highland malt with an easy drinking appeal.
90 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216302
MacQueens
3 Year Old Blend Scotch Whisky
Pale golden amber color. Grainy, creamy aromas and flavors of warm cereal with syrup, caramelized nuts, and baklava with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, captivating, snappy walnut torte, whipped cream, and pepper finish. A very tasty, light and creamy sipper that is sure to please.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213621
Strathbeag
"The Classic Peated Blend"
Brilliant gold color. Bright, spicy, buttery aromas and flavors of nut brittle, chocolate, dried fig, and peat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length hint of iodine, nut oil, peppery spices, and moss finish. A rock solid blended whisky with nice nuances of flavor.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210503
Monarch of the Glen
Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant gold color. Lively, alliaceous, creamy aromas of warm cereal with cream, toasted graham cracker, dried fruits, and butterscotch with a satiny, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long toasted grains and nuts, nougat, straw, and minerals finish. A rock solid Scotch blend.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab