Whisky, like many other things in life, isn’t better for being more expensive, older or being finished in a port wood cask. There are great whiskies on the range of 20€-40€ that you, as I do, can enjoy a lot.
A bottle of whisky, unlike wine that have to be consumed once opened in a few days, can last a lot opened. So expending 50 € on a bottle means that you and your friends will enjoy it several times. Of course unless you do a party :P
I’ll divide the whiskies in three big categories for this:
The sweet flavours
On this kind of whiskies you will find the kind friendly sweetness of the malt. They are easy to drink and if you like whisky you will like them for sure.
You can get for that money a bottle of The Balvenie 12 years Doublewood, a sweet, honey whisky.
You can jump to the bourbon that is a drink that must be rediscovered, if you tried Jack Daniels and you didn’t like it, give a try to Buffalo Trace.
If you like the style have also a look to Greenore 8 years, great vanilla, sweet, oily.