Every journey has to start somewhere. If you’re anything like us, your journey probably has something to do with alcohol. Specifically whisk(e)y. But, like with anything, you can’t just dive right in unprepared if your a novice to the spirit. You have to start at the beginning. Luckily, there are myriad value, gateway whisk(e)ys well-suited for every palate and level of drinker.
Instead of simply sticking to one style, today we’re going to list (and rank) beginner picks from eight different styles including bourbon, rye, single malt Scotch whisky, blended Scotch whisky, Canadian whisky, Japanese whisky, Tennessee whiskey, and even Irish whiskey. Keep scrolling to see all of our picks and finally take the first step in your whisk(e)y journey.
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.