Good whisky does not necessarily have to come with a hefty price tag. It is true, that we may have some unpleasant surprises when picking a bottle just based on its low price. Now we recommend you 5 whiskies under 45 pounds tested by Whisky Hamster's co-founder Ivo. They are definitely worth trying.
Ardbeg WeeBeastie - 5 years old - 47.4%
This Ardbeg whisky is truly spectacular for the price. The wild beast got out after having spent 3 years in the combination of an ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry cask to bring the rich aromas of the wood with him. The main flavour of this extraordinary whisky is given by fresh green apple and herbal pear aromas mixed with a very strong smokiness. This gets an interesting twist from black pepper and meat, but we can feel the smell of pine in it as well with a sweet vanilla undertone. There is nothing else to say, but Cheers!
Clynelish 14-year-old - 46%
A Scotch from the Highlands with strong maritime notes, very light smoke, dry finish and coconut hints. The taste of this whisky is fruity, wonderfully gourmet, totally different from its smell. Its taste becomes complete with the sweetness of raisin and the touch of spices.
Glendronach 12-year-old - 43%
This 2012 IWSC gold medal winner whisky in the 10-12 category is from the Glendronach distillery, which was built north from Edinburgh in 1826. You will enjoy a wonderful, deep amber coloured whisky with red overtones, which is kept in sherry casks thus the sherry-like fragrance. As for its taste, it is spicy, full-bodied and dry. It is characterised by a bit of sweetness and a pinch of oak, which is accompanied by an average length finish. This Glendronach 12-year-old whisky is prepared by a non-chill filtered procedure... Or at least, WAS prepared, as big changes are happening in the distillery and the non-chill filtered note is being dropped! Stock the old ones while you can.
Ledaig 10-year-old - 46.3%
Ledaig 10 years whisky is from the Tobermory distillery on the Scottish Island of Mull. This is a traditional, peated single malt whisky made with the water of Lochan and rested 10 years in oak casks in this historic distillery. In its colour there is a deep gold sparkle, while in its taste fruity and smoky notes can be discovered.
Talisker House Greyjoy - Game Of Thrones Edition
Not all the whiskies from the Game Of Thrones collection were a success (just like not every seasons of the show...) but this one is part of the few that are worth trying. A nice alternative to the classic bottling from Talisker. The nose is very classic Talisker with notes of dry peppery smoke and chocolate. On the palate you'll feel the maritime salt, caramel with some light peppery smoke. The long, complex finish is of fruity, peppery and shows hints of leather.