It is a misconception of the majority in our society today that expensive always means better. This misconception has got people breaking banks to be able to go for expensive items that deliver quality that can also be derived in the same measure from affordable items. This theory applies to whiskey too.
Whiskey is a drink loved by many. It attracts people from all walks of life. People often find themselves with their flasks full, telling bottles that whiskey is their water of life, and they still order another round. Despite it being famous, there are still a few out there who do not know what whiskey tastes like as they often engage in vodka or tequila. The ‘person’ to blame for such a position existing is whiskey itself. Its demand for a certain level of sophistication and its superiority to light beer is overwhelming to a novice.
To reduce the intimidation that whiskey brings forth to novices and to get the experienced whiskey lovers to enjoy quality at an affordable price, below is a list of five of the best affordable whiskey.
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
The Kilbeggan is a blend of malt whiskey and Cooley grain whiskey. The combination sets it apart from drinks like Powers and Jameson. To give it its smooth taste, Kilbeggan is left to age for about three years or longer in used bourbon barrels.
Kilbeggan scent is friendly to the nose as its smell only tickles the nose slightly. It has a thin body and burns the tongue a little upon taste. Some of the flavors that can be felt once the tongue burn subsides are a somewhat woody nuttiness and green apple.
The whiskey is best taken with a splash of water. The water lets out a sweet banana taffy tang with heightened vanilla notes on the nose. Water does not affect the body but rather makes it smoother. This whiskey goes for about 25 dollars per bottle.
Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 yr
This whiskey can playback up to the wild turkey 101 and at the same time stand tall by itself. It is left to mature for six years and has an alcohol percentage of about forty-five percent. Retailing at approximately 35 dollars, the Wild Turkey Russell Reserve is a good buy.
It comes in a coppery amber hue and is quite friendly to the tongue. Its tastes like a combination of vanilla, caramel, wood and rye. You will also be able to taste hints of pepper and baking spice if your taste buds function at 100%. It is friendly to the nose with caramel being its standout smell. It has a good balance making it quite easy to take even for the novice whiskey drinker.
Tyrconnell Irish Single Malt
The Kilbeggan Distilling Company owns the Tyrconnell Irish single malt, but production happens elsewhere. The producers of this great whiskey go by the name Cooley distillery. The whiskey gets its name from famous horse hence the picture of a horse race on the bottle.
The Tyrconnel has an attractive light gold color and contains a whopping forty percent alcohol content. It is friendly to the nose emitting what smells like a malt with light floral character mix with hints of graham cracker, banana cream pie, honey, and caramel.
It burns the tongue when tasted, but the feeling subsides in a very short while. It tastes like toasted grains with hints of coffee, cocoa, caramel, vanilla and toasted bananas.
The Tyrconnell goes for about 43 dollars.
Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon
This whiskey is perhaps one of the highest quality affordable drinks out there. The whiskey is aged for about four years and bottled at one hundred percent proof. It is also a requirement that the label lists where the whiskey was bottled at and distilled. The whole point of such gruesome rules is to ensure that the customer gets what they are expecting.
The Old Grand Dad will probably knock you off if taken in large quantities since it has an alcoholic percentage of about fifty percent. Do not let the attractive, sweet golden honey color trick you into consuming lots of it.
The whiskey is friendly to the nose; it smells like a mixture of vanilla and caramel combined with honey, bruleed bananas, and brown butter. If you are keen, you will get to feel a hint of fresh corn.
Its taste is simply fantastic. The Old Grand Dad has its principle flavors as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, corn, and caramel. It is best taken with water as water brings out the taste of caramel and vanilla.
A bottle of the Old Grand Dad goes for approximately 21 dollars.
Wild Turkey 101
The wild turkey 101 is a drink from turkey and just as the name suggests, it will get you going wild. The number 101 means that the whiskey is one hundred and one percent proof. Its alcohol content is about half. Thus, it should be taken with caution unless of course you want to go wild that particular day.
Retailing at a price of about 21 dollars, the Wild Turkey 101 comes in an attractive dark copper color. It is aged for approximately 8 years to ensure that the customers get the best quality of mature whiskey.
Its smell is comfortable to the nose thanks to its pronounced vanilla essence. If you are keen, you will also be able to get hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet caramel and bourbon spice. The wild turkey is a smooth drink however it will leave you feeling a burn for some few minutes.
The above, select whiskeys, act as proof that you need not go into debt over quality whiskey. For the novice that is used to light beer, try and choose one from the above list whose alcohol content is within your limits. For the veterans, if in the above list there happens to be a drink you have not tasted yet, go ahead and try it. You will definitely not regret it.