Doug1937 wrote:Which would you say are the best SMS whiskys for that price?
Hard to generalize as to what constitutes "the best", as everyone's tastes differ, not to mention often change over time.
Despite this qualifier, I'll heartily add another voice to the chorus supporting the 18-year old Talisker... one of the finest (amd I mean that in every sense of the word) malts it's been my pleasure to experience, and one well worth tracking down.
Other alternatives could include cask strength editions such as the excellent versions from Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Glenlivet (the NÃ durra is absolutely delicious), etc. Ardbeg Uigeadail is another personal favourite (not sure of the pricing in your area, however).
I personally find Yamazaki 18 Year Old a little problematic - overly crafted and 'polished' if you will. But there's no denying its complexity and many other positive attributes, especially if you're partial to whiskies exhibiting a more pronounced Sherry cask influence. It is a beautiful pour.
Might I suggest a Yoichi as an alternative?