Are you undecided about which single malt to buy for your whisky-loving friend? Well we've made your life easier by listing our 10 favourite budget single malts under $50. Any one of these bottles would make an excellent gift for both experienced and newbie drinkers.

December 12 2017

The Whyte & Mackay 13 Years Old; a small step up from Whyte & Mackay's "Special" label but there's nothing too interesting with this blend.

December 11 2017

Kikori Whiskey; a light and delicate Japanese rice "whiskey". If you like light and delicate whiskies, you may enjoy it. We didn't.

December 10 2017

The Suntory Toki, a light, fruity and crisp blended whisky. This is a delicate dram; there's not much in terms of richness or boldness and nothing really jumps out at you.

December 10 2017

The Macallan Sienna; a very pleasant and fresh single malt. It's balanced very well between sweet notes, sherry notes and spiciness.

December 5 2017

The Tamdhu 10 Years Old; a complex and well made sherry-cask-matured whisky. It's very pleasant and mellow but lacks any real character or bite.

December 4 2017

The Mackmyra Moment Körsbär; another fantastic and experimental expression from the Swedish masters. Mackmyra is slowly but surely becoming one of our favourite whisky distilleries.

December 4 2017

The Hakushu Single Malt Distiller's Reserve; a fresh and fruity single malt with lots of forest notes in both the nose and the palate. A dangerously easy-to-drink single malt.

December 3 2017

The Talisker 10 Years Old; a wonderfully strong, intense and characterful single malt. It's almost perfectly balanced between the peat smoke, fruity sweetness and spiciness.

December 3 2017

The Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 Years Old; an exceptional and highly recommended blended Scotch whisky. A worthy tribute to HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

December 1 2017

The Balvenie 21 Years Old Madeira Cask; a fruity and subtle whisky that takes quite a bit of time to open up. Recommended for people who enjoy lighter single malts.

November 30 2017

The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood; a fruity, complex and superbly balanced single malt. The subtle Highland peat used in this expression elevates it to new heights. Highly recommended ... a real winner from GlenDronach.

November 29 2017

The Dewar's 25 Years Old Double Aged; a very special blended Scotch from Dewar's. Complex, rich, smooth and just an overall pleasure to drink.

November 29 2017

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve; a light and easy-to-drink single malt from The Glenrothes. Surprisingly (since it's marketed as a heavily sherry cask matured whisky) the sherry notes take a back seat to the bourbon ones.

November 28 2017

The AnCnoc Rùdhan; an accomplished mainland peated single malt. The smokiness, both bonfire and medicinal, is present, but doesn't overwhelm the senses.

November 26 2017

Tincup American Whiskey; a good, simple and light sipping whiskey. It's not complex or rich in any way but it has its moments, it would actually be a great starter whiskey for newbies.

November 25 2017

The Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured; a wonderfully unique and complex single malt from the Islay distillery. The higher bottling strength has added structure and intensity to this dram. Highly recommended.

November 24 2017

The Highland Park Magnus; an affordable no age statement single malt from Highland Park. For its price, this is a good single malt but don't expect too much from it.

November 19 2017

The Macallan Classic Cut; an impressive, but slightly overpriced, sherry-bomb from The Macallan. The high ABV gives it a big impact on arrival and allows the complex and rich flavors to shine.

November 17 2017

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3; heaven in a bottle. One of the best single malts we have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Go buy it.

November 14 2017

Glenfiddich The Original; a limited release inspired by the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt whisky from 1963. It's an impressive whisky, but we felt there wasn't enough happening to warrant such a high price tag.

November 12 2017

The Ancnoc 12 Years Old; a light and fruity summertime dram. It didn't really hit the spot for us, but it has still managed to win 7 gold medals (and counting) and some glowing reviews, so give it a shot and see for yourselves.

November 7 2017

The Ardbeg Twenty Something; yes, it's ridiculously expensive but it's worth every penny. 23 years of maturation have had a miraculous effect on this whisky, it's rich, complex and that mature, dulled-down smokiness really is something else.

November 5 2017

The Four Roses Small Batch; a light but well balanced Bourbon that we felt lacked the richness of flavor and strength to really hold our attention for any significant length of time. This might make a good introductory Bourbon for newbies, but experienced drinkers should look elsewhere. 

November 4 2017

Glenmorangie The Tarlogan; a very impressive single malt from the Highland distillery. What it lacks in complexity it more than makes up for in the richness and uniqueness of its flavors.

October 27 2017

The Bruichladdich 8 Years Old; a great example of the distillery's true essence, one that is not overshadowed by smoky peat notes. For an 8-year-old expression, it's incredibly complex.

October 23 2017

The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Small Batch; an exciting and complex expression but marred by it's lack of transparency with the cask history.

October 20 2017

The Dalmore 21 Years Old; complex, bold, rich and velvety smooth, this is an incredible whisky, the cream of the crop and it's worth every penny.

October 18 2017

The Glen Scotia Double Cask; an impressible and affordable expression from Glen Scotia. It's a little rough around the edges but all-in-all a very good single malt.

October 1 2017

The Hudson Four Grain Bourbon; a smooth and perfectly balanced whiskey from the New York distillery. Wonderful notes of menthol, vanilla and spiciness. A delightful New York bourbon.

September 24 2017