Best Whiskies under $100 or $200

For best conclusion you should always get the average score for each whisky from the masses. With masses I mean whisky enthusiasts in different forums. My favorite places when searching tasting notes and majority opinions are Whisky Connosr and Whiskybase. Latter has a large user number so you’ll be getting the most objective opinion from there.

But in here you can find WhiskyRant’s best whiskies. I usually taste and judge whiskies under 100 dollars/euros/pounds, so these are bang for buck whiskies on the market. There might be few over 100, but at least these are whiskies under 200 dollars/euros/pounds.

Check out my top whiskies list below:

Top drams from my “Over 90 point whiskies” category

1 99 points. Sullivans Cove American Oak Single Cask 
Stunning Tasmanian single malt made using purest ingredients. Very rare small batch whisky so it’s the only one on this list that might have a price tag over $200.
Sullivans Cove American Oak Single Cask Review
2 98 points. Lagavulin 16 yrs 
Peated single malt that started my whisky journey. Amazing quality with great price! Even though the price has gone up a bit (like with every whisky in general), you can still get this beauty under $100.
Lagavulin 16 year old review
3 97 points. Mackmyra Svensk Rök (Swedish Smoke) 
Smoky single malt whisky from Sweden, a real positive upset. Exotic, different kind of smoke below $100 price.
Mackmyra Svensk Rök review
4 96 points. Bushmills 21 yrs Rare 
Best Irish whiskey I’ve tasted so far. This falls to the under $200 category with prices going somewhere $120-150.
Bushmills 21 year old review
5 96 points. Ardbeg Uigeadail 
One of the most generally acknowledged single malt whiskies, rich smoky dram from Islay’s flagship distillery. Below $100.
Ardbeg Uigeadail review
6 96 points. Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Whiskey 
Another great Irish legend made using traditional Irish style. Prices have risen, near but still below the $200 mark.
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy review
7 96 points. Säntis Malt Edition Dreifaltigkeit Peated whisky 
Switzerland’s version of smoky single malt whisky. Unusual whisky with heavy smoke beer influence on the palate, so not for the faint-hearted. Below $100.
Säntis Malt Edition Dreifaltigkeit review
8 96 points. Bowmore Tempest 10 yrs Batch 6 
Another Islay treat, by the oldest distillery on the island. Not part of the core range so can be hard to get. Still well below $100.
Bowmore Tempest 10 year old review
9 95 points. Bruichladdich 10 yrs – The Laddie Ten 
The first edition of Laddie Ten. Not in core range and comes out occasionally so hard to get.
Laddie Ten review
10 95 points. Highland Park 18 yrs 
Legendary flagship single malt by the distillery in Orkney island. Price has risen over $100, usually it’s somewhere around $120.
Highland Park 18 year old review
11 95 points. 1776 Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey by James E. Pepper 
The best rye whiskey I’ve had so far, well below 100 bucks.
1776 Barrel Proof James E. Pepper Rye Review
12 95 points. Millstone 100 Dutch Single Rye 
Comes close second for being the best rye whisky in my book. Below $100.
Millstone 100 Dutch Single Rye Review

Other over 90 points

Drams like Redbreast 15 yrs, Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 47, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof and BenRiach 17 yrs Solstice, Lagavulin 12 yrs (2014 & 2015), Talisker Port Ruighe or Murray McDavid’s Bowmore 9 yrs, Old Pulteney 21 yrs, Blanton’s Original Single Barrel, Springbank 12 yrs Cask Strength and Elements of Islay Lg3 – check them outAll WhiskyRant reviews with over 90 points

89 points or less

Below you can check out all the whiskies above 80 points, tagged with the score:

Below 70 points


  1. Bission Shiwgobin says:

    Why no rating for Johnny walker

    • Johannes Lindblom says:

      Hi Bission and thanks for your comment! In my notes, Johnnie Walker is in “below 85” or “below 70 points” category. I’m not a big fan of blended whiskies so JWs tend to get lower points in my reviews. Johnnie Walker Green Label being one of the exceptions.

  2. dee_vanderpool says:

    I really like it when folks get together and share opinions.
    Great website, continue the good work!

  3. Beth says:

    Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

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