You don’t need to be a connoisseur to appreciate a good drink. More than 86% of us have had alcohol at least once in our lives. Whether we’re getting a drink at an upscale bar or a burger place, we all want the best bang for our buck.
Luckily, you don’t need to go to a whiskey bar to get a great selection of whiskeys. Some of the best whiskeys can be found in your local grocery store, at a burger place, or right in your liquor cabinet. These brands aren’t fancy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t taste exceptional. Pass on the rare whiskeys costing hundreds or thousands of dollars and try these everyday brands instead.
1. Evan Williams
Any burger place or whiskey bar worth its salt has a bottle of Evan Williams around. This classic staple is smooth and rounded, and very affordable. Evan Williams also makes a great well bourbon because of its price and quality.
2. Knob Creek Straight Rye
Here’s an option that’s great to pair with a burger. Knob Creek’s Straight Rye is as American as apple pie, with a bold taste and heavy body. If you’re looking for a drink to pair with a meal at a burger place, ask them about Knob Creek.
3. Maker’s 46
If you enjoy whiskey and bourbon, you’ve almost certainly heard of Maker’s Mark. The 46 is a newer creation that ups the ante on standard Maker’s Mark. With an infusion of vanilla and baking spice, this drink adds a kick without overwhelming that classic whiskey flavor.
4. 1792 Full Proof Bourbon
It might sound strange to have a gold medalist on this list, but this bourbon still costs less than $50. And yes, it won a gold medal in 2017 at the World Whiskey Awards. So, hop on this option before it disappears.
5. Ardberg Corryvreckan
Here’s another award winner for our list. The Ardberg was crowned World’s Best Single Malt in 2010. Fair warning: it is the most expensive whiskey or bourbon on this list. While it’s still under $100, it is a little more of an investment than the other whiskeys here.
6. Old Forester Classic 86 Proof
Back in the “under $30” category, we have Old Forester Classic. This whiskey has won its share of awards for its bold, spicy taste while maintaining an attractive price. Make it a staple of your liquor cabinet at home or request it at a burger place or whiskey restaurant to pair with food.
Don’t bust your budget in order to enjoy great whiskey and bourbon. There are a ton of excellent whiskeys out there that are still friendly to your wallet. There’s no reason you can’t make a top-shelf drink to sip after dinner.