Bottles of Comfort and Joy
Elite picks at various price points for the gift of whiskey
Between tariffs on Scotch and prices in the secondary (resell) Bourbon market, gifting whiskey is more expensive than ever, but the traditional spirit – particularly perfect for winter – is still a strong category, be it bourbon, rye, American whiskey or their international cousins. We found high-quality buys at price points under $100, so there is a bottle for every whiskey lover on your list.
$20s: Larceny Small Batch Bourbon. Fans of wheated Bourbon will tell you this is one of the best. Smooth, easy to like, and perfect for an Old Fashioned.
$30s: Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage. This is likely the best dollar-for-dollar deal on the list, and it’s reaching a point of popularity such that it will be hard to find in 2021. Get it now.
$40s: Belle Meade Sour Mash Whiskey. This little beauty comes from Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery, and the story behind it is as good as the whiskey.
$50s: Tahwahkaro Four Grain Whiskey. We tasted all the Texas whiskey available, and this one stood out from the pack by a wide margin. If this is where Texas whiskey is headed, we’re there for the ride.
$60s: King’s County Bourbon. From the Navy Yard in Brooklyn – yes, that Brooklyn – comes one of the best lines of whiskey to arrive in Oklahoma in the past couple of years.
$70s: Whistle Pig 10-year Rye. There is a solid consensus among whiskey drinkers that this is the best of the Whistle Pig if the metric is quality-to-price ratio. It’s the one to try if you’ve not had the others.
$80s: Barrell Cask Strength Blended Whiskey. These guys are blenders, not distillers, but just like Champagne negociants, they’re very good at picking the best available and blending it beautifully.
$90s: The Matsui Sakura Cask. Beautiful is the best word for this single-malt Japanese whiskey that gets time in cherry wood. Subtle, elegant, lovely – those work, too.