The 10 Best Value Whiskeys to Drink Right Now

The 10 Best Value Whiskeys to Drink Right Now

Whiskey popularity is exploding, and has been steadily for the past few years. In American, Japan, Europe, even India; the demand for Whiskey is the on the rise.

The biggest growth being Bourbon Whiskey, especially among millennials. 

From centuries-old distilleries to brand-new craft whiskey distilleries, there are an abundance of options.

Here are the best bang for your buck deals from the Forge of Men team:

 

JWBL

Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Blended Scotch - 40%

You may be thinking 'cliche' due it's relatively wide availability, or scoff because it's a blended Scotch. But good ol' Johnnie Walker Blue Label is widely considered in the top-tier of Scotch among experts and the common whiskey enthusiast alike. 

It's even currently holds the highest rating for Scotch by Whiskey Advocate at 97 points.

Considering it's tied with two other scotch whiskies by Bowmore at $4,500 and $13,500 respectively - at $225 this is a steal.

Tasting notes: Caramel, vanilla, fruits, peat, tobacco

Cost: $225

LV16

Lagavulin 16 
Single-malt Scotch - 43%

A slightly lesser-known choice, though made more popular by Parks and Rec's Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), this classy single-malt scotch whiskey is the perfect bottle to bust out for a special occasion or celebration. 

Tasting notes: Very smokey, spicy, dates, fig, vanilla.

Cost: $90

 

    Blanton's 

Blanton's Single Barrel 
Single Barrel Bourbon ~46%

This iconic Bourbon will make any home-bar look respectable.
It comes in an elegant bottle with it's famed horse and jockey stopper. Each stopper has a letter and if you collect them all they spell 'Blanton's'.

You may have seen Francis Underwood sipping it on House of Cards, or John Wick gulping it down after after a rough night.

Tasting notes: Caramel, vanilla, charred oak, tobacco.

Cost: $60

 

Colonel EH Taylor

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr Small Batch
Small Batch Bourbon 50% 

This is a 'bottled-in-bond' Bourbon Whiskey, meaning it's produced from one distilling season, from one distillery and aged in government bonded warehouse for a minimum of 4 years, and bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol). In fact, Colonel E.H Taylor himself was one of the first supporters of it.

Tasting notes: Sweet, vanilla, spicy, cinnamon, clove.

Cost: $45

 

Henry McKenna Bourbon

Heaven Hill - Henry Mckenna Single Barrel Bourbon 10 year
Single Barrel Bourbon 50% - Bottled in Bond

Heaven Hill has been making a name for themselves recently. In fact, they just claimed 'Best in Show' with this beautiful bottled-in-bond Bourbon at the 2019 San Francisco Spirits Competition (SFSC).

Tasting notes: Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee.

Cost $30 (for now)

 

Bulleit Rye

Bulleit Rye
Rye 45%

Though more known for their Bourbon (which is solid), Bulleit Rye is arguably better.
Smooth yet spicy, this delicious rye is great for sipping neat, though you can justify using it for cocktails too.

This is should be one of the first whiskies to add to your home bar.

Tasting notes: Spicy, cinnamon, cherry, tobacco, vanilla.

Cost: $35

 

Monkey Shoulder Scotch

 

Monkey Shoulder
Blended Malt Scotch

Monkey Shoulder is arguably the best value in Scotch right now. It tastes twice as expensive as it is. At ~$30 it is an easy one to add to your whiskey bar.

Tasting notes: Vanilla, oak, honey, orange.

Cost: $30

 

Evan Williams Single Barrel

Evan Williams Single Barrel
Single Barrel Bourbon 43.3%

When it comes to getting your money's-worth, it is flat-out hard to beat anything from Evan Williams.

You would expect $70 for a Bourbon of this caliber, but luckily you can nab it for ~$30

Tasting notes: Caramel, cornbread, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate.

Cost: $30

  

Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace
Bourbon 40%

A solid daily-drinker. Suitable for cocktails but even better neat. This is a heavy-bodied Bourbon you can almost chew.

Tasting notes: Brown sugar, molasses, cornbread, vanilla, chocolate raisins.

Cost: $25

 

Evan Williams Black Label

Evan Williams Black Label
Bourbon 43%

Probably the best deal on the list is Evan Williams Black Label.
It is dark for a young whiskey. Notably smooth for how inexpensive it is. You just as happily drink this neat as you can mixing it with Coke.

If Evan Williams sold this for $30 you would gladly pay it.

Cost: $15

 

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