21 whiskies for £50 and under to celebrate World Whisky Day - including Glen Scotia and Bowmore

Saturday 18 May is this year’s World Whisky Day. To celebrate, we’ve chosen some new and core range whiskies that won’t break the bank.

Published 13th May 2024
Updated 17 th May 2024

World Whisky Day was set up in 2012 by author and consultant Blair Bowman, who, when he was at university, decided to buy the domain name and set up a website that explored our national drink.

Since then it has grown into a global celebration of Scotch whisky, with many brands and bars putting on events and deals in order to explore whisky.

With this in mind, we’ve picked a few of our favourite whiskies to celebrate World Whisky Day with. From new releases to core range expressions, all of these are £50 or under.

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.

Port of Leith Table whisky, £35

Table whisky is the house pour of the Port of Leith Distillery bar, designed to be shared.

A single grain whisky distilled in Edinburgh, matured in virgin oak and sherry casks, and blended in Leith. It’s delicious, reliable, approachable and rich.

It’s available from Master of Malt. Click here to buy.

Glasgow 1770 The Original, £49

Glasgow Distillery

The bottling from the distillery that brought single malt whisky distilling back to Glasgow after more than a century, Glasgow 1770 The Original is a dram for any occasion.

It has notes of orange marmalade, raisins and sweet butterscotch.

World-famous Scottish hotel launches £100,000 'Horizon' whisky experience

Buy it from Master of Malt: click here.

Glenfiddich Our Solera Fifteen, £44

Never emptied and continuously kept half full of whiskies since 1998, Glenfiddich’s Solera vat is this year marking its 25th anniversary of producing one of the Speyside whisky maker’s flagship bottlings, Glenfiddich Our Solera Fifteen.

Available from House of Malt for £44. Buy it here.

Berry Bros & Rudd Speyside Sherry Cask 12 Year Old, £45

world whisky day

Considered a ‘true classic’ of the sherry maturation process, this deeply delicious 12 Year Old possesses a wonderfully rich texture, each sip offering a well-balanced and heartwarming experience that captivates the senses.

Outlander star Sam Heughan’s Sassenach whisky wins big at international awards

The Whisky Exchange has a bottle for £45. Buy it here.

Glen Moray Elgin Classic, £24

burns night whiskies

This is a very drinkable whisky, and is a steal for a single malt. The liquid is aged for an average of seven years in ex-bourbon casks, most of which are first fill, giving it a sweet flavour that’ll also appear to those trying whisky for the first time.

Available to buy from Master of Malt here.

Johnnie Walker Black Label, £24.99

whiskies under £60

Johnnie Walker Black Label is one of the most recognisable blended Scotch whiskies.

Ian Macleod Distillers and The Islay Boys reveal plans for Laggan Bay whisky distillery on Islay

It is made by bringing together 29+ whiskies to create a sweet and slightly smoky taste that’s loved all over the world. 

Delicious on its own, it also works really well in cocktails.

Buy it here.

Monkey Shoulder, £26.95

The whisky that put blended malts back in fashion and helped bring whisky cocktails into the conversation. 

Made from a mix of three different Speyside Single Malts – Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie – Monkey Shoulder is popularly used in cocktails but is also great enjoyed neat.

Or, for a simple tipple, just add ginger ale or soda for a delicious highball.

Buy it here.

Benriach The Original Ten, £39

Delve into a world of flavour with Benriach The Original Ten, encapsulating the signature smooth and multi-layered character of Benriach. 

A classic combination of casks combined with Benriach’s fruity spirit makes for a great tasting and easy-drinking whisky to celebrate.

Buy it here.

Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old, £50

This coastal malt has matured in casks overlooking Sandend Bay in the north east of Scotland.

Recently named a favourite for whisky drinkers, Glenglassaugh is something of a hidden gem.

Making up one third of the brand’s newly reimagined portfolio, Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old embodies a harmonious balance of the distillery’s signature coastal style; lush, tropical and coastal.

Buy it here.

The Borders Distillery WS:02 The Long & Short of It, £35

World whisky day

Fermentation is an essential part of determining flavour in Scotch Whisky. For this second edition of the Workshop Series, the distillers at the Borders Distillery experimented with very short and very long fermentations. 

Both batches were then distilled twice and matured in first fill ex-bourbon barrels, before being married with single grain.

Buy it here.

Bowmore 12 year old, £37.70

For those who like bold and punchy flavours, then the Bowmore 12 is an excellent whisky to introduce you to the joys of peat and smoke.

Exceptionally drinkable and filled with the iodine flavours of some of the more astringent Islays (Laphroaig anyone?), the Bowmore's peat level hovers around the middle ground and when mixed with the tropical fruit flavours of the distillery's style, you get a dram that's peaty but well balanced, even for beginners.

Buy it here.

Nc’nean Organic single malt whisky, £48.95

world whisky day

Nc’nean’s Organic Single Malt is the first whisky released to the public by this independent distillery.

Organic, made with renewable energy and bottled in the UK’s first-ever 100 per cent recycled clear glass bottle, the whisky showcases Nc’nean’s commitment to protecting the environment.

Nc’nean’s whisky is made from organic Scottish barley whose natural yields and rich soils contribute great depth of flavour, and gentle fermentation and distillation accentuate the delicate, fruity flavours in the spirit.

The whisky achieves its signature body and sweetness from having been left to mature for three years in selected ex-Bourbon and specially treated STR ex-red wine barrels.

Buy it here.

Master of Malt Secret Speyside Distillery 8 Year Old 2014 Single Cask, £29.95

This popular whisky website has released an exclusive bottling from a secret Speyside distillery.

Distilled in 2014, the whisky was matured for eight years in a refill hogshead before being bottled in 2023. 

Tasting notes include fresh apples, apricots, peaches, vanilla shortbread, sourdough, creamy custard, and pencil shavings.

Buy it here.

Ledaig Sinclair Series Rioja Cask Finish, £40

This is the first release in the Sinclair series, and is a heavily peated dram. Matured in ex-bourbon casks, it has been finished in Spanish Rioja casks.

Tasting notes include Turkish delight, candied fruit, grapes, chocolate, almonds and pepper.

Buy it here.

Glen Scotia double cask, £36

A firm favourite of Master Distiller and Distillery Manager, Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia’s Double Cask is a wonderful introduction to the distillery style.

Rich and spicy, this single malt is matured in first-fill bourbon casks with a 12-month finish in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. 

It has the classic Campbeltown notes of maritime sea salt spray, apple and pear, with the influence of rich spicy fruit notes from the PX casks. Bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill filtered.

Buy it here.

Loch Lomond Whiskies Steam & Fire & ‘Scorched’ book bundle, £50

World Whisky Day 2024

Steam and Fire has been created using spirit from the distillery’s straight neck and more traditional swan neck stills, and has been matured in three different types of American oak casks and finished in heavily charred casks, flamed by Loch Lomond’s in-house cooperage.

The charring process adds a unique complexity and brings out a strong character of melted brown sugar with notes of orange and dark chocolate, with a rich buttery mouthfeel. Bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill filtered. 

In 2023, Loch Lomond Whiskies collaborated with renowned open-fire chef Genevieve Taylor to lift the lid on the complex whisky-making process and showcase the influence of charring.

For a limited time only, the distiller will be offering a deal on Steam & Fire and Genevieve’s latest book ‘Scorched’, which explores the fascinating science of fire cooking with fish with more than 85 recipes. 

Buy it here.

Noble Rebel Whisky Orchard Burst, £40

Matured in ex-bourbon casks, Orchard Outburst balances crisp, ripe orchard fruits with surprising flavours of crashing salty ocean waves, resulting in an explosion of zest with hints of zingy lemon and lime. 

This intriguing malt contains whisky distilled with Chardonnay wine yeast, an unusual ingredient in whisky distillation which helps to intensify fruit and citrus flavours in the finished blend

Buy it here.

Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve, £33

Toast to Word Whisky Day with a dram of Glenmorangie's new core range expression - Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve.

Inspired by the natural splendour of the Glenmorangie’s Highland home, this whisky has been matured in a combination of classic bourbon casks, new charred oak casks and rye whiskey casks, creating a deep harmony of flavour.

With its symphony of fruity aromas and creamy rich tastes, subtly cut through with spice, Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve is delicious served neat, on ice or in cocktails.

Buy it here.

Ardbeg Wee Beastie, £41.50

For over 200 years, Ardbeg has been made on the remote Scottish isle of Islay, and this single-malt showcases the daring, experimental side of the distillery.

Aged just 5 years, Wee Beastie is Ardbeg's youngest whisky yet and accentuates the raw power of Islay whisky.

Matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and untamed by age, it boasts intense aromas of cracked black pepper, sappy pine resin, tar and sharp tangs of smoke.

It’s a monster of a dram and will be loved by those who enjoy a heavily peated whisky.

Buy it here.

SMWS Drop & Dram, £45

Why buy one bottle when you can get a selection of mini ones?

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) have a Drop and Dram offering, which includes three 50ml drams of specially curated, limited-edition single malt whiskies delivered to your door each month and membership to the SMWS.

Find out more and buy here.

Glencadam Reserva PX, £47

Glencadam Reserva PX has been matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks before being expertly married then finished in hand selected Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts sourced from Andalucia, Spain.

Bottled at 46% ABV, natural colour and unchillfiltered, the expression offers a perfumed aroma with raspberry and blackcurrant jams and nutmeg, and the complex palate features toffee, caramel, stewed apples, dates, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

This expression recently won the ‘Best Highland Single Malt’ at The World Whiskies Awards.

Buy it here.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
Copyright ©2024 National World Publishing Ltd
Cookie SettingsTerms and ConditionsPrivacy Policy
crosschevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram