Here at WhiskeyBon we buy quite a lot of whisky so we can then provide our amateurish but honest reviews. We have never been sent a bottle or sample to review all the bottles are bought out of our own pocket so this means two things.

  1. Our reviews are our honest opinions as we have parted with our own hard-earned cash
  2. We have bought whisky from a lot of places

Having used many online whisky websites we have decided to pick our top 5 based on the following criteria:

  • Range of whisky available
  • Pricing
  • If they stock any “harder to find” bottles
  • Customer service
  • Quality of packaging (very important when dealing with glass bottles!)
  • Website ease of use

These are our top 5 online whisky shops:

Master of Malt

https://www.masterofmalt.com

A screenshot of the Master of Malt website

I’ve ordered many times from MoM and it’s always an excellent service. They have a huge range of scotch whisky and a decent selection of bourbon and rye. They also tend to get in some of the harder to find bottles upon release and have a good selection of rare whiskies if you are feeling flush. The prices are very reasonable too but the thing I like most about them is you can order samples for many of their whiskies to try before you buy a full bottle. Not seen another retailer that offers this to the same extent they do.

The Drink Shop

https://www.thedrinkshop.com

A screenshot of The Drink Shop website

The range of scotch whisky they have available is not bad, bourbon and rye are all in one American category and there is not a huge amount available but what is there is recently priced. You can pick up BTAC here but it is massively overpriced. They also have a few Japanese whiskies. Delivery is fast and efficient and never had a problem ordering from here.

Hard to Find Whisky

http://www.htfw.com

A screenshot of the Hard To Find Whisky website

As the name suggests they have some rare and expensive whiskies available so it’s great if you are looking for a really special bottle. I really like the way that both Scotch and American are split by region so you can easily see what comes from where. Got to be honest, I haven’t ever ordered from here so can’t comment on delivery but wanted to include it because of the range of rare bottles they stock.

The Whisky Barrel

https://www.thewhiskybarrel.co.uk

A screenshot of the The Whisky Barrel website

A decent selection of Scotch but very few American. They also have some Irish, English, Welsh, Japanese and Indian whiskies to choose from. What I like about them is they have an independent bottlers section with some really cool stuff to choose from, so if you are looking for a unique bottle this could be the online whisky shop for you.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com / https://www.amazon.co.uk

Obviously it is not a dedicated whisky shop but it is the place I buy most of my low to mid range bottles. The prices are very good and best of all they frequently offer large discounts, you just have to keep an eye out for them. If you sign up to Prime you can also get even more bargains and free delivery on your bottles with some next day and same day delivery opportunities. Plus they have a LOT of whisky to choose from.