Best Scotches Under $100

Best Scotches Under $100

Imported + high quality + import tax + best + scotch = hundreds, if not thousands of dollars right? Sure, if you’re searching for the Macallan 1926 which currently holds the world record title of “most expensive scotch.” Take a guess how much it went for at auction. That’s wrong. Your guess is way off. It’s more. In fact, you were off by a million plus. Two point seven MILLION dollars is the correct answer. Of course, you could always fly to Dubai and they might possibly have a duty-free bottle or two which sold for a mere $600,000 back in 2018.

But today we’re here to discuss affordable scotches. And not just any affordable scotches, the best ones under 100 USD. Damn it took a long time to finally get the point of the article out! Let us know if we need to add a “jump to frikkin’ point” button to get to the meat of these weekly series. Let’s do this!

Macallan 12 Year Double Cask

Speaking of Macallan, we’ll start the list with the 12 Year Double Cask which sets you back $99.99. That’s right, it’s still technically under $100. Representing one of Macallan's more budget-friendly options, The Macallan 12 Year is aged in a blend of both American and European oak casks, presenting a harmonious blend of flavors. This scotch unfolds a symphony of notes, featuring dried fruits, honey, citrus, fudge, and warm spice. A refined and delectable choice for scotch enthusiasts seeking an enjoyable drinking experience without breaking the bank, this offering caters to those with a taste for quality at an affordable price.

Glenfiddich Sherry Cask 12 Year Single Malt

Sticking with the 12-year theme, we now introduce $33.01 of savings if your budget is $100. If our math is correct, it makes this fine scotch at a mere $66.99! This vibrant Glenfiddich Special Edition 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish Speyside Single Malt Scotch is matured for 12 years in American and European Oak Sherry casks before finishing in Amontillado casks for a distinctively rich and refined depth of flavor. Find all the sweet, fruit character of our signature Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, enhanced by Amontillado casks, adding lively notes of dried fruits and a delicately spicy finish.

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt

If smoky and peaty is your thing, you just might be interested in this household name for both peat and smoke! That’s right, it’s the Laphroigh! Aged for a decade in ex-Bourbon casks, Laphroaig 10 Year captures the distinct essence of Islay peat smoke, coupled with a subtle sea salt infusion reminiscent of a beachside bonfire. Beneath the layers of peatiness, intricate notes of medicinal undertones and a gentle sweetness contribute to the whisky's singular taste. This is an essential addition to your collection if you consider yourself a connoisseur of peaty Scotch, as it encapsulates the quintessential flavors of Islay in every sip.

Oban 14 Year Single Malt

I know, I know. This one isn’t quite under $100, but what’s another $9.99 for a special bottle? No, Oban isn’t a country in the Middle East. Although I’d totally travel there if it did exist! This fine Scotch under $110 offers an introduction into the smoky whiskies. The Oban 14 strikes a delightful balance between subtle smokiness and sweetness, the Oban 14 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky stands as a reliable option. Crafted from the finest malted barley and matured in ex-Bourbon barrels, it emanates an inviting aroma of honey and citrus. On the palate, a mellow apple flavor takes center stage, accompanied by a nuanced touch of smokiness that enhances the overall tasting experience. This offering serves as an excellent introductory whisky for those aspiring to explore the realm of smokier Scotch expressions, providing a harmonious blend of flavors to ease into the journey.

Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky

Just because I kind of fooled you by slipping in one slightly over $100, I’ll make it up with the best selling Scotch for a mere $39.99! That’s right, TWO bottles for under a hundred. Crafted exclusively from Scotch whiskies aged for at least 12 years in oak casks spanning the diverse regions of Scotland, Johnnie Walker Black Label boasts an undeniably smooth and intricately layered character. This blended Scotch whisky, aged to perfection, offers a symphony of rich and tropical dark fruit aromas seamlessly merging with sweet vanilla undertones, ultimately evolving into velvety toffee notes. The culmination is a gracefully smooth and warming smoky finish, a signature trait shared across all Johnnie Walker whiskies.

Bowmore Single Malt Scotch 12 Year

Looking for more? Make it a Bowmore. Yeah, I know. That one was weak. Bowmore 12 Year Old encapsulates the true essence of Bowmore – a symphony of thrashing waves, windswept landscapes, and enduring tradition. Highly acclaimed by the late whisky connoisseur Michael Jackson as "remarkably long and complex," we like to envision it as vanilla ice cream enjoyed at a beach bonfire. Matured in a unique blend of bourbon and sherry casks, the final three years in Oloroso sherry casks elevate Bowmore 15 Year Old 'Darkest' to a beautifully balanced expression with a rich, deep color and a warming finish. Cosseted in hand-selected oak casks, allowed to mature at a leisurely pace, this rare and exceptional malt represents one of the most perfectly balanced of its kind.

Ardbeg 10 Year Single Malt

And for the last of the Scotches under $100 we present to you the Ardbeg 10. Aged for a decade in the finest oak barrels, Ardbeg 10 Year opens with a captivating nose that transports you to the wild, windswept shores of Islay. The peaty aroma is an invitation to the distinctive flavors that lie within. Each sip unfolds a symphony of tastes, where the bold and robust peat smoke intertwines with sweet vanilla, citrus, and a hint of briny sea spray.

As per usual, browsing our wide range of Scotch offerings, many at affordable prices, provide a great means to discover your new favorite!