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5 unique whiskies from $50 to $100

By / 12.11.13
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If you have to buy a decent gift, for yourself or someone else, whiskey will always be the right decision. Don’t get something boring though. Here are 5 unique whiskeys that fill the $50 to $100 gift range perfectly.

They can all be bought online if there isn’t a distributor near you. A quick Googling should give you some options, or my local liquor emporium, Binny’s, ships as well.

100% Rye



WhistlePig Straight Rye – Vermont

Rye’s resurgence has been a welcome one, but if you want to enjoy all the spice the grain has to offer, you need to get past the standard 51% rye content. WhistlePig Straight Rye is 100% rye, 100-proof, and 10 years old. They’re nothing if not consistent. $70

Triple Smoked



Corsair Triple Smoke Cask Strength – Tennessee

Corsair laughs in Scotland’s face with their Triple Smoke Single Barrel. It’s made with malted barley smoked in three different ways – cherry wood, peat, and beechwood. It gives it the familiar sweetness of a bourbon with the smokiness of a scotch. $65

Japanese whisky



Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Whisky – Yamanashi, Japan

Japan makes amazing and underrated whisky, some of the finest of which comes from Suntory. Hakusu 12 Year Old is scotch-like in that it’s peated, but it’s very subtle. It’s dry with plenty of oak, making it perfect for any type of whiskey drinker who’s looking for something unique. $60

Craft Bourbon



Few Spirits Bourbon – Illinois

Grain-to-glass carries a lot of weight with people who take pride in the whiskey they produce or drink. FEW Spirits mills the grain, distills the spirit, and bottles the booze in a glorified garage. The alcohol that sits in place of cars is some of the best I’ve had though, and their bourbon is the cream of the crop. $50

Ageless Scotch



Talisker Storm – Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scotch is moving towards spirits without an age statement, partly due to a lack of older whisky stocks. This creates a great opportunity for new spirits. Talisker Storm takes the heat of young whiskey and combines it with the sweet complexity of old, making for a truly unique scotch. $80

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Colin Joliat
About Colin Joliat... Colin Joliat is the 2nd best person to ever come from Flint, Michigan, behind only Andre "Bad Moon" Rison. He covers the food & alcohol industries with two parts information, one part comedy, and one part WTF is wrong with this guy. When not passing off drinking as research, he can typically be found in parks trying to trick people into believing he's funny. Follow him on Facebook.

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