Best Whisky Under £25 (ish)

Best Whisky under £25 in the UK

We’ve been asking Summerton Whisky Club members for their whisky and whiskey recommendations to create weekly guides to help other whisky drinkers on their journey.

In this guide we focus on the best whiskey or whisky under £25 (ish) as enjoying whisky does not need to be about the most expensive and most exclusive bottles, value can be found at all pricing levels. Here are the bottles that whisky drinkers recommended…

Cutty Sark Prohibition Whisky one of the best whiskies under £25 in the UK

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

(£24 from online retailers)

This was the most recommended bottle from Members, with comments such as “a 50% blend with bags of flavours and enough grip to keep you coming back!” from Helen, and Graeme’s “I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it and at 50% AVB you definitely can’t go wrong” giving you an idea of what they like about it.

Sinclair went into more detail, “it’s got a rum cask finish to it, or at least to one of the malts in the blend, which gives it a nice complexity that’s missing from other budget whiskies. Caramel, chocolate, some peat, and a little citrus in the finish. While it’s not got the depth or viscosity of an entirely malt blend it’s got it’s open character. Looong, warm finish, yet at 50% it’s not burning. Personally I think it’s a great everyday dram.”

Glen Moray Single Malt Whisky one of the best whiskies under £25 in the UK

Glen Moray Single Malts

(from £20 in supermarkets)

Volodya says “the whole (Glen Moray) selection is bang on the money under 25, and if ever have the chance to visit the distillery one day you will be surprised by the quality of the whisky.” Vin echoes this sentiment, “basically all of the Glen Moray range, there’s something for everyone there.”

Whilst Scott suggests that it is “not the best but a steady sipper for getting ready for more heavy hitters” and George stating that it’s “a solid pour and one I’d happily recommend to a beginner”

Shackleton Blended Malt Whisky best whiskies under £25 at asda

Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

(£24 in supermarkets)

Tristan recommends another blend in Shackleton as “a cracking whisky for sub £25. There is a lovely sweetness to it that doesn’t feel rushed or artificial. I find it quite oaty with some butterscotch.”

Monkey Shoulder Whisky one of the best under £25

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

(from £27 in supermarkets)

Recommended by Dan and Keiran as an important bottle in their whisky journey, therefore we allowed it in the list despite being above the £25 mark. Kieran summed it up well with, “very easy going blended malt. Can mix or drink neat and has an interesting looking bottle. This whisky was the first I tried and made me want to explore what other whiskies tasted like!”

Deanston Kentucky Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky one of the best scotch under £25 at Morrisons

Deanston Kentucky Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

(£22 in Morrisons)

Erik has long been a supporter of this bottle within the Club, stating “it’s good, it’s better than some more expensive drams and that’s all I’ll say ever again on the matter.” (I think that last bit might not be true, but that’s cool as we love to hear what you are enjoying)

Buffalo Trace Whiskey Sainburys Best Whiskey under £25

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

(£23 in Sainsbury’s)

Stepping away from Scotch, Mal suggests, “being a Bourbon drinker, it has to be Buffalo Trace for me… it’s a stalwart in the Whiskey with an e world.”

Best whisky under £25 selection of bottles

There were more great suggestions, such as Andy going for The Famous Grouse Smoky Black (£19 in Asda and Tesco), Mathias recommending Highland Black 8 from Aldi as “excellent and only costs £13.50” and JeffWhisky doing a nice round-up that included:

Co-Op Irresistible Single Malt 12 (£25) – Decent sherry finished dram that I have seen compared to Dalmore 12 (small connection imo). It certainly has a thinner quality but nice sherry, fruit notes. Also Ralfy has just given praise to it so manage there maybe a little hype train about it at the mo.

Malt Riot (£25 from the Glasgow Distillery) – Like Bimber with too much water. Great in the Summer with lots of melon and fresh fruit notes.

Bains Single Grain (£25 from online retailers) – so much foamy bananas. Really pleasant and different cheap drop.

This is definitely not an exhaustive list, and everyone’s recommendations may be different as we all have our own tastes and preferences, but hopefully this guide will support you in your whisky and whiskey journey as it’s been created by whisky drinkers for whisky drinkers.

Thank you to all Summerton Whisky Club members who shared their thoughts to help create this guide.