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Best Buys are spirits that deliver great taste for a great price. We use an algorithm that factors the ratio of the products suggested retail price to our score and the bottle size to calculate our Best Buy awards. If you are on a budget, our Best Buys can't be beat.

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Best Inexpensive Scotch Whisky

Grand Macnish "Black" Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$29.99
Best Buy
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
HIGHLAND CREST Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Speyburn "Bradan Orach" Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$20
Best Buy
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
MacQueens 3 Year Old Blend Scotch Whisky
89 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
Strathbeag "The Classic Peated Blend"
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Monarch of the Glen Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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