With the understanding that one's tastes have to have become sufficiently skewed as to consider $25.99 cheap, the WSJ's Eric Felton ["Scotch Terms Scotched" - subscription required] throws a line to those of who love Scotch in the form of a recommendation:
Far more satisfying were the blended malt whiskies I tried from the Famous Grouse, a house making something of a specialty of vatted malts. Yes, there is still the basic Famous Grouse, a mainstream blended whisky that is the most popular brand in Scotland. But now the Grouse has a range of malt blends, aged 10 to 30 years. It doesn't hurt that the brand belongs to the Edrington Group, which owns two of the most celebrated distilleries in Scotland, the Macallan and Highland Park, and uses whisky from both in its blended malts. In my blind tasting, the 10-year-old Famous Grouse malt was one my favorites, well-rounded and admirably structured. And at about $25 a bottle, it is a terrific bargain.
Thanks, as usual, to Cyril for catching this. For reasons I cannot now recall, I stopped reading this week's Saturday WSJ with the financial section.