Not Whiskey (been avoiding the sweet stuff lately..), but my some of my recent expeirences with whisky in the <$40 crowd: Very Good: Abelour 12 year, $37 - rich and smooth, a little sweet but not bourbon/molasses sweet Highland Park 12 year, $37 - So good, smokey, long burn Good: Tamdu 10 year, $17 - light, smooth, very nice Famous Grouse 10 year (blend), $17 - simple, a little smokey, smooth Not very good: Famous Grouse 12 year (blend), $25 - not bad for a second, but rank/harsh finish. I don't know what to do with this bottle. Bowmore 8 year islay, $20 - too flowery? I don't know, it's just not very good. A little water helps. Other: Pikesville Straight Rye, $9 - Sippable, but makes a great Manhattan if you are in to that.