A few decades ago, the rising popularity (and limited availability) of single-malt scotch meant that buying a few test bottles was a pricey experiment few of us could afford. It was nearly impossible to take home a good one for less than $200, placing bottles of scotch in the upper echelons of salary-bonus options and truly rare holiday treats. Fortunate for us brown-spirit lovers, a splintered artisanal whiskey world – which includes everything from bourbon and rye to Irish and Japanese whisky – has brought prices back down where they belong, so you can afford to be choosy and have a few on rotation. Behold: Our favorite single malts for less than $100.
Glenmorangie 18-year Single Malt
If you're going to buy a bottle of Highland scotch – the most popular region, and arguably the most palatable – this is the one to reach for. Like many single malts, Glenmorangie does special releases every year. But its 18-year is a solid go-to that's worth the money. This complex single malt, with notes of chocolate and caramel, is completely at home in the dessert course. [$100; glenmorangie.com]
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