Glenmorangie LaSanta, one of my favorites in the category for a single malt. It is rich, sweet with that berry sherry undertone. Glenmorangie Original is also a great single malt scotch that isn't too expensive.
Highland Park is another singe malt scotch and ANYTHING they make is fabulous. They have a sherry aged scotch called Dark Origins. They are underrated, affordable and one of the very best in my book.
They also have one called Dragon Legend. I haven't tried it yet, but with a name like this, it has to be good.
For NON sherry cask aged scotches, again Highland Park tops my list. Anything they make has a wonderfully full and flavor without being overbearing or peaty (which I HATE).
For blended scotches, Monkey Shoulder is a great one, consistent with good flavor, although it is a little expensive for a blended scotch.
I usually get Famous Grouse blended scotch. It is budget conscious and it does not have that 'just pumped it out of my gas tank' flavor many less expensive scotches have (ahem Johny Walker Red).
I have also recently discovered Famous Grouse has a Sherry aged scotch. They call it "Naked Grouse" and it comes in a nearly labelless bottle. It is simply fantastic, although if you can find it, you are lucky. I bought the last three bottles my liquor store had.
Grab your favorite urban fantasy, pair it with a scotch I recommended, kick back and enjoy!
Sláinte! (this is how the Irish say, cheers)
C.G.Harrisis the author of the sci-fi series, The Rax and the urban fantasy series, The Judas Files.. The Nine, book one in the series, is now available as an audiobook narrated by the talented, MacLeod Andrews.