Top 10 Best Whiskey Recommendations Under £50

Top 10 Best Whiskies Under £50

Here are my top 10 best whisky, and whiskey, recommendations for under £50 in 2022. These are all unique whiskies from independent brands. And, they're all great whiskies for less than £50. A mix of indie bottlers and small distilleries, the kind of passionate brands I love.

I hope you enjoy my top 10 whisky recommendations under £50, and perhaps choose one to try yourself! Here is the list, starting with the cheapest first.

1. Chapter 7 Whisky Prologue

Chapter 7 Whisky Prologue Blended Malt

My first recommendation is Prologue, a small batch, artisan blended malt by Chapter 7. It's bottled at 49% natural colour and non-chill-filtered, a great natural whisky. Prologue is an excellent entry-level whisky that comes to life when you let it breathe for a bit. It's a whisky that's sweet, earthy, grassy and spicy. You can buy Chapter 7's Prologue here for £34.

2. Lakes Distillery The One Sherry Cask Finished

The Lakes One Sherry Cask Finish

Lakes Distillery is one of my favourite distilleries. They have a unique approach to whisky-making. There are a few ranges of whisky from the Lakes. The One Collection is their range of blended whiskies, and there are five different expressions. All five are great, but the one I've picked for my Best Whiskey Recommendations Under £50 is the Sherry Cask Finish. Bottled at 46.6%, you can buy Lakes The One Sherry Cask Finish here for £43.95.

3. Glasgow Distillery 1770 Triple Distilled

Glasgow 1770 Triple Distilled Whiskey

Glasgow Distillery is a relative newcomer in the landscape of Scottish distilleries, opening in 2014. But they're already making an impact, winning Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year in 2014. Glasgow 1770 is their range of single malt whiskies. There are some great expressions, but the one I've picked for my Best Whisky Recommendations Under £50 is their Triple Distilled. A great example of triple distillation outside of Irish whiskey. You can pick up a bottle of Glasgow 1770 Triple Distilled here for £44.95.

4. Brig O'Perth 14 Year Old, 125th Anniversary Blended Scotch

Brig O'Perth Blended Whisky

Brig O'Perth is an historic brand. It was first blended and bottled by Perth wine merchant and grocer Matthew Gloag & Son in early 1896. It has been rediscovered by independent bottler The Whisky Cellar. It has a high malt content from Highland distilleries, a proud sign of quality. It has been aged for at least 14 years, before being bottled at 46.7% natural colour and without chill filtration. You can find Brig O'Perth here for £44.95.

5. Old Perth 12 Year Old

Old Perth 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Whisky

Old Perth is a range of small-batch sherry cask matured blends. They're all great value, starting at £31.95 for Old Perth The Original and £39.95 for Old Perth Cask Strength. The expression I've chosen for my Best Whiskey Recommendations Under £50 is their 12 Year Old. It won Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2022, scoring 96/100. You can buy Old Perth 12 Year Old here for £45.95.

6. Mac-Talla Mara

Mac-Talla Mara Islay Single Malt Whisky

Mac-Talla is a range of Islay single malts from one of the old whisky making families, The Morrisons. The range is excellent and includes Mac-Talla Terra, a 46% expression, at £41.95. It's the cask strength expression, Mac-Talla Mara, I'm putting forward for my Best Whisky Recommendations Under £50. Bottled at 56% natural colour and without chill-filtration it's a superb dram. You can buy Mac-Talla Mara here for £47.95.

7. Murray McDavid Peatside

Murray McDavid Peatside

Murray McDavid is an independent bottler of scotch whiskies. All their releases are either single cask or small batch. Peatside is one of their small-batch releases. This vatting combines two single malts, one heavily peated and the other creamy and sweet. They further matured these whiskies in fresh Pedro Ximènez Sherry and bourbon casks. Bottled at a generous 50%, you can pick up Murray McDavid's Peatside here for £47.95.

8. Sailor's Home The Horizon

Sailor's Home The Horizon

Sailor's Home is a range of artisan Irish whiskeys. They are made by a legend in the world of Irish whiskey, Dr Jack O'Sé. The collection includes The Journey at £35.95, The Haven at £42.95, and Caravelle at £57.95. But the expression I've chosen for my Top 10 Best Whiskey Recommendations Under £50 is Horizon. This award-winning whiskey is 10 years old, aged in American bourbon barrels and Barbados rum casks. You can buy a bottle of Sailor's Home Horizon here for £49.95.

9. Nc'nean Organic Single Malt Whisky

Nc'nean Organic Single Malt Whisky

Founded by Annabel Thomas, Nc'nean Distillery has sustainability at their core. They produce artisan organic whisky in an environmentally friendly way. Their whisky is released in small batches, bottled at 46% natural colour and without chill filtration. A beautiful award-winning whisky, in a really beautiful bottle. You can buy Nc'nean's Organic Single Malt Whisky here for £49.95.

10. Heroes and Heretics Classic Series Speyside

Heroes and Heretics Classic Series Speyside

Heroes and Heretics is an independent bottler. They have a range of whiskies and rums, both single cask releases and small batch. They vary in price, but my pick for the 10 best whiskies under £50 is their Classic Series Speyside. It's a 12 year old single malt whisky bottled at a generous 51%. You can pick up a bottle of Heroes and Heretics Classic Series Speyside here for £49.95.

What are your whisky recommendations?

What whiskey under £50 would you recommend? I'd love to hear your suggestions. Let me know in the comments below. 

Cheers, Ed

1 comment

Have you tried the bladnoch range yet ? Some great £50 +

Matt H May 11, 2022

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