So, you think you can’t build a fully stocked whiskey bar without taking out a second mortgage on your house? Well, you’re wrong. You can afford bottles of single malt Scotch, blended Scotch, bourbon, rye, Irish, Japanese, and Canadian without breaking the bank.
Single Malt Scotch – Aberfeldy 12
Fans of Dewar’s already know about the magical liquid that is Aberfeldy. This 12 year old version of the award-winning single malt isn’t top shelf, but that doesn’t matter because it’s pretty darn close. This whisky is smooth and fruity and exceptionally balanced.
Price – $35
Blended Malt Scotch – Monkey Shoulder
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Shout out to @monkeyshoulderaustralia for following me and liking my posts despite me not ever posting a #monkeyshoulder #scotchwhisky on my IG. It's because I've actually never tried it. It's time to change that. It's priced right and ready to roll for this weekend. I'll put my #blendedmalt prejudice away and have at it. Most important for me was to see that the guys at @monkeyshoulderus all seem to love #whisky regardless of brand. Makes we want to support the brand so here's two for you!! I'll let you know what I think. #scotch #blendedscotch #bottles . . . . . . . #bourboncask #bourbon #ryewhiskey #bourbonbarrel #speysidemalt #speysidewhisky #bourbonwhiskey #balvenie #glenlivet #glenfiddich #glengoyne #tamdhu #longmorn #benrinnes #dalwhinnie #cragganmore #craigellachie #glenfarclas
You could easily spend a small fortune on blended Scotch, but why not grab a bottle of the favorite Scotch of the bartending community? This smooth, sweet Scotch was designed with mixing in mind. It’s perfect for your favorite cocktail, but is just as good neat or on the rocks.
Price – $30
Bourbon – Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
When many people think of bourbon, they think of its ties to horse racing. One of the best bourbon brands, Woodford Reserve, is smack dab in the middle of horse country in Versailles, Kentucky (pronounced Ver-Sales by locales). This bourbon is made the way the laws of bourbon dictate, but once it’s finished aging it undergoes a second maturation in lightly toasted and charred barrels.
Price – $50
Rye Whiskey – Angel’s Envy Rye
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So I know a lot of the people that follow me don't really care about or appreciate the art that is good whiskey, and that's totally cool… BUT this stuff right here is probably the best rye whiskey I've ever had. I've personally never seen it in Ohio and the homie @mhess333 remembered how much I enjoyed it at his place last year and surprised me with a bottle of it. Extremely grateful to have people in my life that take an interest in the same things I do and care enough to do cool shit like this for me. Thanks Mike! #angelsenvy #angelsenvyrye #ryewhiskey
Enthusiasm for rye whiskey has really peaked in the last few years. If you want a good bottle of rye, sometimes you need to pay a little more. Angel’s Envy rye is that bottle. It starts with hints of vanilla and caramel, but ends with peppery spice — all the while maintaining a smoothness that is difficult to find in some rye whiskies.
Price – $90
Irish Whiskey – Red Breast 12
If you aren’t open to new things, you can buy a bottle of Jameson to fill this spot. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, there’s a whole world (or country) of Irish whiskies out there waiting for you. One of the best is Red Breast 12, an award-winning pot still whiskey that will surely turn you into a fan.
Price – $50
Japanese Whisky – Hakushu 12 Year Old
If you don’t know what to expect from a Japanese whisky, look no further than Scotland. That’s because the Japanese style was based on Scotch whisky. Hakashu 12 closely resembles an Islay Scotch. It’s smoky and bold with hints of pine and brewed tea.
Canadian Whiskey – Collingwood 21 Year Old Rye
Before rye caught in the US, it was king (and still is) in Canada due to the ability to grow rye. Canada is the Rodney Dangerfield of the whiskey world. And since it gets no respect, you can buy a 21 year-old rye whiskey for only $60.
Price – $60