In response to Admiral's concern of the tangent taken...I believe that no one intentionally and maliciously took this towards a plug for Aberlour 10 or Speyburn - but couldn't help go that way when Chris' question was prefaced with his comments:
I'd like to get some whisky connoisseurs' opinions on a debate my buddy and I have been having. Although we enjoy malts, our everyday drink tends to be the more moderately priced and widely available blends. In particular, Johnnie Walker Red (I know the Black is better, but it's expensive) and the Famous Grousse.
That's all it takes for malt snobs to jump in and suggest comparable value in the single malt world - especially here in Canada where we can have such opressive local governments monopolizing distribution, offering limited supply and dictating ridiculous pricing - as is Chris' dilema in Ontario and mine in British Columbia.
It's enough to lead someone to drowning their Scotch - blend or otherwise - in Coke!
OK - there's my rant. But truthfully, one of the more measurable values I have received from visiting this site has been the discovery of some pricing anomolies (great value opportunities) in different parts of the country that I have been able to take full advantage of.