I enjoy sipping whiskey. I like it straight and on the rocks. But I don’t like spending an arm and a leg to enjoy it. Most cheap whiskey tastes like plastic or rubbing alcohol, good only for shots, which is not my speed. So I set out to find a selection of enjoyable whiskeys that are both enjoyable to drink and kind to my wallet. Every bottle on this list is under $25. You can’t do better than that.
10 Best Bottles of Whiskeys Under $25:
1. Evan Williams 1783 $16.99
Classy design and a delight to drink. It looks less like Jack Daniels than Evan’s other bottles and tastes a world better. Trust me.
2. Old Grandad Bottled in Bond $24.99
Bonded bourbons are often hidden on the bottom shelf with old-timey, hard to read labels. In brief, they adhere to 19th century brewing laws and are 100 proof. They shouldn’t be overlooked. Walking out of the liquor store with a bottle of Grandad is a huge win.
3. Four Roses- $19.99
Maybe the budget whiskey. It tastes better than any 20 dollar whiskey has a right to. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with Roses.
4. Buffalo Trace- 24.99
Buffalo Trace is the oldest operating whiskey distillery in the country. They made it through prohibition and now offer a wide selection of bourbons that is practically untouchable. Their flagship bourbon is hard to beat, especially at a budget price point.
5. Old Overholt Rye- $16.99
The perfect rye mixer and, according to just about everyone, the best budget rye out there. Ryes are spicier than their wheat and corn heavy cousins, but certainly have their place in your bar.
6. Canadian Club Reserve- $20
Due to prohibition Canadian whiskey was king until until just recently. The CC Reserve is aged longer than it’s other offerings meaning it is sweeter and with a more noticeable oak flavor. This one is actually great in cocktails.
7. Rebel Yell- $14.99
Subtle, maybe weak to some of the more stout drinkers out there, but overall a nice sipping whiskey.
8. Old Ezra 101- $19
Strong, like, strong strong. Ezra is aged for at least 7 years and you may want to add a drop or two of water before sipping it. Tasters say adding water will bring the flavor out of any whiskey, so you aren’t a lightweight, you’re a connoisseur.
9. Bulleit- $25
This is a family company built on a family recipe made by founder Tom Bulleit’s great-great grandfather, Augustus. If you haven’t heard of Bulleit it’s time to pull your head out of the sand. You can find it just about anywhere and can’t go wrong with it.
10. Wild Turkey 101- $20
Another storied Kentucky distillery and another classic choice. My grandmother uses this for her famous egg nog and, y’all, it’s amazing. For that alone, Wild Turkey will always hold a special place in my heart.