Call it inflation, supply and demand, or something else, but there’s no arguing over the fact that the sweet spot for great whiskey today is between $50 and $100. Sure there are great bottles above and below (we made lists of some of them), but while the ones over $100 can be hard to spring for, the ones under $50 are a thinning herd.
You won’t walk out with any of these for less than the price of date night at the movies, sure, but we’ve got to tell you that every bottle on this list is going to bring you way more hours of joy than any blockbuster’s runtime. Here are the classics worth a sip.
[Editor’s note: Prices may vary depending on your liquor store and taxes.]