Re: Cheap but good whisky recommendation?
Laphroaig QC is typically over $40 where I am at.
HP 12 typically runs $30-40 depending on sales and what not. Think heather honey with wisps of smoke, apples, and possibly oranges.
Talikser 10 (12 is a very old expression from the 1980s) is a spice monster although people have commented that it has mellowed. Lots of pepper. Typically it is between $40 and 50.
Glenfiidch 12 is very fruity. Think granny smith apples. Then some malty, doughy characteristics. The 15 can usually be had for under $35 and occasionally south of $30. This shows a lot of wood spices starting with cinnamon.
Glenlivet 12 is also under $25. Tropical fruits, coconuts, vanilla.
Macallan 12 can also be had between $35 and 40. Big sherry notes-caramel, oranges, Christmas cider.