I’m using the secondary prices (which are very close to MSRP for these picks) for this list as nothing bothers me more than someone saying at $89.99 MSRP Sazerac 18 is their favorite bottle under $100. Get real guys! The secondary market is here to say and you might as well just get used to it. Also… only two here are actually Bourbons, I have one rum, one rye and one corn whiskey… but who’s really counting?
Barrell Bourbon is the winner here, although it is the most expensive of this list. Usually retailing for around $80, they consistently beat out bottles that you can’t touch on the secondary for 2-4x the price. While they still are priced under $100, stock up. MSRP $80.
Pikesville is my favorite rye under $100. 115 proof, delicious. Thank you Heaven Hill! Second year in a row it continues to be available, awesome and affordable. MSRP $60.
Foursquare Rum 2004 Exceptional Cask Selection… Exceptional Cask Selection Mark III Single Blended Rum aged 11 years in ex-Bourbon casks, distilled in 2004, released in 2015. It’s full proof, 59%. Thanks for Fred Minnick for tipping me off to this one. Yes, it’s not a Bourbon, but it’s aged in ex-Bourbon casks and is just as delicious. Order one today! MSRP $60.
Old Weller Antique 107 Store Pick Non-Chill Filtered. Make friends with your local liquor store owner. Beg them to get a bottle of OWA NCF, ask to buy 4 of them when they come in. Best $35 you can spend. MSRP $35.
Mellow Corn. I’m sorry, you may think I’m nuts by putting this on the list, but for $9.99, bottled in bond, again, thank you Heaven Hill. This is my go-to after I’m three sheets to the wind and shouldn’t be touching the top shelf stuff, because it holds up and still has a good taste. MSRP $9.99.
Honorable mention goes to Old Forester 1920 Prohibition. It should have been the number five on the list, but I just couldn’t help myself by putting on Mellow Corn instead.
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