Stocking your home bar doesn't have to be expensive. There are some great whiskies available at very affordable prices and for $100 you can set up a well rounded whiskey selection that will be versatile, impressive and fun. Here are some great affordable whiskies that will let you stock your bar without breaking the bank.
- American Bourbon
Evan Williams Black Label is a very versatile bourbon. Great either on its own or mixed in a cocktail, this is one of the great values on the market. Only $12 a bottle.
- American Rye
Rittenhouse 100 proof bottled in bond rye packs a wallop of spicy notes and makes the best Manhattan cocktail you can make. At $15 a bottle, its twice the rye some of its more expensive competitors claim to be.
- Canadian Whisky
Canadian Mist whisky was the only double gold medal winner in Canadian whisky at the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Light, versatile and mixable, it's a steal at $12 a bottle.
- Irish Whiskey
Bushmill's Irish whiskey runs about $21 and is a classic name in Irish whiskey. A sure thing in an Irish coffee and a great addition to your home bar.
- Blended Scotch Whisky
Ballantine's at about $18 is perfect mixed with soda and yet has enough complexity to be enjoyed on its own.
- Single Malt Scotch Whisky
There are no value brand single malt scotches on the market, so look for a smaller bottle of one of the great names in whisky for this selection. A 375 ml bottle of the Glenlivet 12 year won't empty your wallet at $22, but it's a great selection to have on hand for special occasions and entertaining.
All told, you can easily stock up on these whiskey selections for approximately $100. You'll get great quality whiskies that you and your guests will be able to savor and enjoy, and more importantly, you won't go broke buying them. All prices are approximate and based on the January 2010 Oregon Liquor Control Commission price sheet.