If you’re in the mood to spend a lot of money on a bottle of whiskey, you’ve got plenty of opportunities. The market abounds with super-duper premium bottlings of very old, very rare, and very special whiskeys, some of which come with prices that rival a monthly mortgage.
However, if you’re not excited about dropping some serious coin on a new bottle, you’re in luck. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great whiskey–and, in fact, if you never bought a whiskey over $200, you’d still get to spend a lifetime drinking great stuff. Here are some of our favorites–and you can buy them all on Mash & Grape.
Quick, think of a bottle of Scotch. You’ve probably imagined a Johnnie Walker bottle, with its diagonal label and striding man. But there are lots of Johnnie Walker bottlings, and the 15 year Green Label is one of the best. It’s a blended malt, which means it contains exclusively malt whiskies without any grain whisky components. That gives it a rich, satisfying texture and earthy, floral, and lightly smoky flavor.
An incredible bargain, Elijah Craig Small Batch is a delicious bourbon bottled at a respectable 94 proof. Look for classic bourbon flavors like vanilla, honey, brown sugar, and molasses plus a satisfyingly dry, oaky finish. Plus, the approachable price tag means you can feel free to stock up, or mix into cocktails to your heart’s content.
You don’t need to be a Viking to love this delicious single malt Scotch whisky. The Highland Park distillery is on the island of Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland, and the region was part of Norway for about 500 years. Today, Highland Park celebrates that heritage with a line of whiskies that draw on the island’s Nordic past. This is a lightly peated and lavishly sherried whisky, giving it a beautiful combination of fruit, chocolate, honey, and just a whisper of peat.
This super-premium rye whiskey from the Wild Turkey distillery is bottled at barrel proof, delivering maximum flavor. Cask strength whiskeys can be intense, but they’re also ideal for cocktails, as they stand up to dilution beautifully. Spicy and powerful, Rare Breed Rye dishes up flavors like caramel, apple, vanilla, and warming spice.
Love sherried whiskies? You’ll love Glendronach 12 year. This Highland single malt is aged in a combination of Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks, giving it a beautiful mahogany color and a generous helping of dry fruit, chocolate, and nuts. It’s bottled without chill filtration or extra coloring, keeping the focus on those remarkable sherry casks.
Looking for something truly one-of-a-kind? The woman-owned and woman-run Milam & Green Distillery in Blanco, Texas, has got you covered. Their single barrel straight bourbon whiskey comes from the brand’s sourced whiskey collection, which includes bourbon barrels from around the country. This year, they’re bottling some of their favorite casks from Tennessee. Each bourbon cask yields about 280 bottles, and each one is just a little bit different.
Distilled in Hye, Texas, under the watchful eye of master distiller Donnis Todd, Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon exemplifies the rich, dense, oak-forward style of Texas bourbon. Tasting notes include apple, honey, saddle leather, cinnamon, and baking spice as well as the gentle sweetness of pound cake and sugar cookies.
This version of the classic single pot still Irish whiskey is offered at cask strength, giving it a remarkable richness and complexity. It’s aged in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry-seasoned Spanish oak butts. It manages to be both smooth and flavorful, with notes of honey, chamomile tea, dried apricots, citrus, and vanilla all wrapped in toasted oak.
There’s lots more where that came from. Mash & Grape stocks hundreds of other bottles under $200. Visit our website to shop them all, then sit back and relax while they’re delivered right to your door.