I've found a cheap single malt that blows away the best blends, get it at Trader Joe's, a chain grocery store here in California. It's called Finlaggin and is a peated malt that tastes a lot like Lagavulin. $18 a bottle. If I could find a sherried malt of similar quality at that price point I'd be a happy guy. I've just not had much luck enjoying blends, as the grain alchohol taste invariably comes forth and distracts. I find it hard to pay Jonnie Walker prices when you can buy simple, unassuming single malts like Glenlivet or Glenmorangie for close to the same price.
These are horrible times and all sorts of horrible people are prospering, but we must never let this disturb our equanimity or deflect us from our sacred duty to annoy and hinder them at every turn.