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Best Whiskey Under $40 (Top 5)

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If you’re looking to buy a bottle of whiskey, you’re probably looking to spend less than $40. While there are tons of affordable whiskeys out there, which ones are the best and most unique?

What is Whiskey?

Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. While it has been around for centuries, modern whiskey is a relatively recent invention.

Some people argue that the name whiskey comes from the Irish word uisce beatha, which means water of life, others believe that it is a Gaelic word. 

Here are our favorite Whiskies under $40

Mercer + Prince ($32) 

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This whisky is a blended Canadian whisky born at the intersection of art and culture.This is a new release from pop artist,  A$AP Rocky.This bottle is absolutely gorgeous and I’ve absolutely loved having it on my bar cart. But what does it taste like? Complex profile with fruit aromas on the nose, smooth vanilla and caramel notes on the palate layered with intense hints of baked apple and cinnamon from the Japanese Mizunara Oak influence. It is hard to believe something this tasty is only $32. It would make for a great gift for any whisky lover. 

Cooper’s Craft Bourbon Whiskey ($30)

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Lovely and affordable Bourbon Whiskey – Coopers Craft

Coopers’ Craft bourbon is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which uses a unique beech and birch charcoal-filter finishing process for a smooth and flavorful bourbon. Another reasonably priced whisky that is smooth. I loved the spicy cinnamon finish on this whiskey. I’m not a huge fan of oak and this is light on the oak and super smooth. You can make cocktails if you like but this is so delicious you won’t want to waste it on mixers. 

Slane Irish Whiskey (37.99)

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Whiskey pairs well with all kinds of food

The triple distilling is this brand’s not-so-secret way of achieving it’s distinctly delicious taste.  Their aged in virgin oak, seasoned oak and sherry casks for a rich but  smooth taste. I didn’t taste the oak or sherry but did taste more of a brown sugar / butterscotch mixture. And boy did it make for some fabulous cocktails like their Irish Sands with Slane Whiskey, rum and grenadine. Yum! Slane Irish Whiskey was created in 2017 by Brown-Forman, a leader in whiskey since 1870, in partnership with family of Slane Castle, whose roots in Ireland date back more than three centuries. You can book a tour on your next trip to Ireland.

Fireside Whiskey ($28.99)

It smells slightly sugary at first, possibly with vanilla or marshmallow. As it dissolves, it is also sweet but slightly softened by heat. The marshmallow flavor is more pronounced and the aftertaste is still sweet. After swallowing, it remains on the tongue for about 20 seconds.

Ransom Bourbon Whiskey ($37.95)

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Deep chestnut in color with classic bourbon aromas – notes of toffee and soft caramel, this is a strong whiskey perfect for sipping in front of a fire during winter. This will warm you right down to your bone. But it would also be great in cocktails. It has hints of cocoa and anise giving a rich, complex flavor to any cocktail. Honey and rye notes are evident too. This is definitely something I would consider adding to a blind whiskey tasting. 

How to make a perfect whiskey sour

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Whiskey Sour

A whiskey sour is a classic cocktail made by mixing bourbon or Scotch with a sweet, sour, and spicy blend. It’s usually served up with a straw and garnished with a lime wedge.

But did you know that there are many ways to make a whiskey sour?

You can easily make a whiskey sour at home by following a few simple steps.

First, mix a shot of whiskey with a teaspoon of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water). Second, add the juice of half a lime. Third, top off with club soda or sparkling water.

While the basic recipe may seem straightforward, you’ll quickly see that there are countless variations. Some versions call for orange juice, others use fresh fruit, and others add rum.

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