You have to assess your means and your pallete for yourself and work out a budget. Generally speaking, I take the view that my pallete is just about refined enough to drink €50 bottles of whiskey. However, if I won the lotto tonight I might fin it expanding considerably into the whiskeys worth several hundred euro or more.
I haven't tried the Barry Crockett, most reviews have been of disappointment - I'm sure it's very good, but not as amazing as you'd expect a pps midleton at 165 to be.
For all bottles above 100 there is only one thing to do - try before you buy. Unfortunately, idl don't seem too keen on 50cl versions of midleton. So head up to l mulligan grocers and have a glass of it to see if you like it. It's probably 12-15 per glass, but if you don't like it you'll have saved yourself 150 quid, plus enjoyed a glass of whiskey in pleasant surroundings.
For my money, I'd buy 3 50 whiskeys instead. There is more variety between the different distillers than there is between the different products from each.
Powers johns lane, red breast 12 and new greenspot are pps for under 50; powers 12, writers tears and old greenspot are pot still blends under 50 afaik.
Redbreast 15 is about 75-80 and writers tears cask stength is c. 120 (with two glencairn glasses).
Last edited by johnnyskeleton; 09-04-2012 at 16:11.