If you’re a fan of aged distilled spirits, or you’re trying to get into whiskey (or whisky), you’re going to end up spending a lot of money if you sample various whiskeys at bars and pubs. Unless you want to fork over half your paycheck to try a new expression from Lagavulin or Buffalo Trace, your best bet is to make an investment now in a few must-have, reasonably-priced bottles as opposed to one really expensive one.
Obviously, you don’t need to take out a second mortgage on your home because you’re spending thousands of dollars to stock your liquor cabinet. Once you know the style of whiskey you enjoy sipping on (or adding to cocktails), buy a few bottles of that style and get the party started. But, if you’re stocking your home bar, there are a few bottles any self-respecting whiskey fan will start with. From rye and bourbon to Irish whiskey and Scotch (peated and un-peated), these are our picks for must-have budget whiskeys.
Christopher Osburn is a freelance writer located in Rochester, NY. He writes primarily about food and drink and has had his work appear on Uproxx, Thrillist, Food & Wine, Paste, Maxim, Men's Journal and a handful of others.