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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|5 96 points. Ardbeg Uigeadail |
One of the most generally acknowledged single malt whiskies, rich smoky dram from Islay’s flagship distillery. Below $100.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|12 95 points. Millstone 100 Dutch Single Rye |
Comes close second for being the best rye whisky in my book. Below $100.
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 out||All 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:
- Whiskies with the score of something between 86-89 points
- Whiskies with the score of something between 80-85 points
Below 70 points
- Whiskies with score below 70 points