Highland Chief Blended Scotch Whisky $12.99 - Anyone who is finding their bottle of Great King Street being emptied on too regular a basis should look here. This is a little blend put together by the Hart Brothers independent bottler and I think it's just what we needed for our inexpensive blend category. This easily drinks better than Dewar's or Famous Grouse and it's cheeeeeeeap! If you're outside on a warm day with some ice and soda, don't waste your good single malts. This is fantastic alternative that has just enough vanilla and malty flavor. I have gone through a bottle on my own (although, in honesty, I don't remember doing it).
Islay Mist 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky $24.99 - Worst name ever. Terrible label. Ugly combination of colors. Great whisky. Fabulous price. With the amount of sherry and smoke going on in this bottle, I could probably be convinced this was Bowmore if I tasted it blind on the rocks. I've tasted it about ten times now and each time I think it's going to expose its lesser qualities, but it never does. Solid stuff. Far better than Johnnie Walker Double Black and much less expensive.
Not excited about these? That's OK. These are for parties, when you need some Scotch and you don't want to break out the good stuff. The best part is that no one even knows what these bottles are, so they also won't know how little you paid for quality sauce.
With all of the price increases coming, we should be happy to see fun little values like these. Check out my man SKU's latest post today for another great synopsis of the current dilemma. I've been posting in the comments this afternoon.