I can't really speak about scotch but as far as Pappy's goes I've never even sniffed an opportunity to buy a bottle. I've also never sniffed or tasted anything that comes close to the rich complexity of Pappy's 23 year.
23 year was $35 per pour. At that price, it's worth buying the bottle if you could get it. Maybe.
I wanted to try it next to the Weller, which supposedly starts as the same juice. But one can only drink so much bourbon when out to dinner.
How about Scotch then? We've discussed Bourbons. How about a $30 (or less) bottle of Scotch?
There are so many different types of Scotch (Highland, Lowland, peaty, etc.) that it's a whole different animal IMO. If you want to go that route, I'd start with a decent brand name blended Scotch and figure it out from there. Johnny Walker might be decent place to start. But I'm not the guy to advise others on Scotch.