Looking to save without skimping on quality drams? There is a whole world of excellent value-driven whiskies out there for you to savor if you know where to look. Luckily for you, we’ve gone ahead and done the hard part for you. Enjoy our list of award-winning whiskies that won’t break the bank for you to enjoy.
Price: $39.99 | ABV: 47% | Nose: Dark Cherry, Raspberry and Raisins| Category: Bourbon | Origin: Indiana
A spectacular bold and full flavored bourbon, this Whiskies of the World Awards Gold Winner is a blend of high-rye bourbons aged for a minimum of four years. At $40, this is an incredible buy.
Price: $44.99 | ABV: 46.5% | Nose: Cinnamon and Clove | Category: Bourbon | Origin: Illinois
Not your average bourbon, FEW Bourbon’s Cold Cut is mashed, fermented, distilled, aged and bottled at the FEW distillery then “cut” with cold brew coffee. We love this unique whisky and our W.O.W judges agree, scoring it a Gold for its unique, yet subtle essence of coffee, but not knowing it was a flavored whisky. Cold Cut most definitely drinks like a whiskey despite its distinctive angle, making it a must-try bourbon. Whiskey flavors dominate – but the smooth cold brew delivers unexpected depth and a boldness that leaves you asking for a refill. This serves as a perfect choice for Brunch or a mean, bold, Manhattan.
Price: $38 | ABV: 44% | Nose: Maple Wood, Cardamom, Buttery Toast and Black Cherries| Category: Bourbon | Origin: California
First released in 2017, Savage & Cooke Second Glance American Whiskey is the first release of renowned Napa winemaker’s Dave Phinney’s anticipated 5-year-old American Whiskey. Made from Kentucky corn, rye, and barley and finished in cabernet barrels, this layered American Whiskey yields rich aromas with subtle wood and caramel notes.
Price: $34.99 | ABV: 42% | Nose: American Oak Cask, Stewed Stone Fruits, Vanilla Custard, and Coconut Cream| Category: Single Malt | Origin: California
One of our favorite distilleries located in the heart of San Jose, 10th Street Distillery is taking Scotch traditions and adding a little American flare to make a fuller product that even bourbon drinkers will cherish. The blend is obviously lighter than their single malts, yet still provides a full flavor for a blend at only $34.
Price: $36.99 | ABV: 43% | Nose: Floral, Fruity, and Barley Malt | Category: Scotch | Origin: Scotland
John Glaser, an American ex-pat in the UK working for a large distiller, wanted to do things differently to bring the joys of Scotch whisky to the masses. Now, as head blender of Compass Box, he has successfully created the ultimate Scotch blend priced under $40, tackling “Best in Class” at the 2020 Whiskies of the World Awards. Every collection should have at least one expression from Compass Box and you definitely cannot go wrong with Great King Street Artist’s Blend on your shelf.
Price: $35.99 | ABV: 43% | Nose: Citrus and Ripening Peaches | Category: Single Malt Scotch | Origin: Scotland
Glenmorangie is one of the most respected, whiskey brands, and with good reason. If you need to keep your budget under $40, the 10 year is a great choice. Having the tallest stills in Scotland, they create a lighter, fruitier malt and the influence from the barrel is more pronounced. Glenmorangie has one of the most detailed wood management programs that, along with the tall stills, come together for an incredible product.
Price: $29.99 | ABV: 45.5% | Nose: Citrus, Green Apple, Star Anise, and Cardamom | Category: Rye Whiskey| Origin: New York
Distilled in Brooklyn, this bold, Big Apple spirit is perfect for an Old Fashioned or Manhattan (Go Figure). A delicate, yet spirited whiskey with an exotic, floral edge, this rye yields a smooth, easy caramel finish with a bit of spice that lingers.
Price: $49.99 | Origin: Scotland | ABV: 47.4%
If you like your scotch smoky, look no further. Aged for five years in a combination of bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks, Arbeg’s Wee Beastie Malt is a tongue-tingling, affordable smoky dram worth trying. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on this bottle, be sure to buy immediately as they continue to sell out quickly!