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JamesBeaumont80
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:45 pm    Post subject: Best blends up to £20 available in UK supermarkets? Reply with quote

I'm after something that can be drunk neat with ice or mixed with canada dry. Not a huge smoke or peat fan but like the general style Highland single malts

Didn't enjoy Bell's or Johnny W Black that much previously, the latter feeling quite harsh in the mouth to me

Am considering Whyte & Mackay, Ballantine's or Chivas for my next purchase.

Can any of you recommend a really nice, rounded, versatile blend that is widely available and punches a little bit above it's weight please?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a blended malt but the Shackleton in the blue box that is usually £30 is on offer sometimes for a s low as £20 and is an easy sipper with a nice profile.

Chivas Regal 12 year is still worth a punt and I have heard though I have not tried it myself the Highland Black 8 year from Aldi is pretty decent and well worth the money.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ballantine's Finest and Chivas Regal 12 are both decent blends for the price when found on offer and are a step up in quality from the standard Bells, Whyte & Mackay blends. There are a few blended malts around these days such as the Shackleton and Monkey Shoulder which can often be found around £20
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ballantines produce some of my favourite blends. The finest is good for the price point you are looking at
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too would mention Aldi's Highland Black at about £13.50 but like others say there are often blended malts available for under £20 such as Naked Grouse. Aldi themselves have a blended malt for about £15 but also their three malts are actually also under £20 as are many supermarkets own label. Then there are even named malts that often meet that price bracket including Glen Moray. Also worth mentioning the pair of Aerstones often £20.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aerstones are hard to beat for £20, I really enjoyed them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To my palate, Compass Box Great King Street - Artist's Blend is light-years better than any other blend in that price range, as well as then many blends at the price range above (£50-60 or so). It costs £26.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drame Blanche wrote:
To my palate, Compass Box Great King Street - Artist's Blend is light-years better than any other blend in that price range, as well as then many blends at the price range above (£50-60 or so). It costs £26.


I haven't seen that. Do you know where I can find it or is it simply an online job?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peloquin wrote:
Drame Blanche wrote:
To my palate, Compass Box Great King Street - Artist's Blend is light-years better than any other blend in that price range, as well as then many blends at the price range above (£50-60 or so). It costs £26.


I haven't seen that. Do you know where I can find it or is it simply an online job?
Thanks


It's a good suggestion, very nicely put together blend. Reminds me to get another. It used to be available from M&S however haven't seen it there for a while.

Probably on line now for the purchase but I agree with Drame Blanche so I reckon its definitely worth a few extra quid for delivery. It is also worth noting that it comes in a smaller bottle size. Put me off for a short while until I had one.

Right, off to check Amazon..

Let us know what you get though.

Cheers..
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"ralfy review 795 - the cheapest bottle I have ever reviewed !"

https://youtu.be/9rnrYkGZmWI

Ralfy's quite right about this Lidl stuff. If you're on a budget and want to make the good stuff go further this cheap blend works with a little drop of extra malt added.

Another Ralfy option is this from Aldi, ralfy review 721 - Highland Black 8yo Blended Scotch
https://youtu.be/jMnV7zVSo3o
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend the Berry Brothers & Rudd Sherry cask blend, worth going slightly over budget, Amazon did have it on offer at around £25. Cracking dram for the price.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MattS wrote:
I too would mention Aldi's Highland Black at about £13.50 but like others say there are often blended malts available for under £20 such as Naked Grouse.


This is great advice.

While not super interesting or complex both of these punch well above their weight and are nice to sip neat. I always like to have one of them in stock for when I want something cheap or a mixer.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another option is the Lidl Abrachan blended malt 42% bourbon, sherry and port cask. £17.49
https://youtu.be/EM0AjSYWw_U
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