Ardmore Traditional Cask
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

Region: Highland

This is hands down one of the best bargains in the world of single malts. There's no age statement, but with scotch this even – traditional and sweet, with notes of spice and smoke – it doesn't matter. Ardmore is a great entry-level bottle for those who haven't yet accepted the fact that good scotch is going to cost a lot more than good bourbon. [$30; ardmorewhisky.com]