12 Best $50 Whiskeys Worth Splurging on

Get a good taste of these whiskeys that can fit your $50 budget.

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Updated May 30, 2024
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It might be time to restock your bar or give your friends a bottle of whiskey as a gift at your next get-together.

There are plenty of options that will keep money in your wallet, but what if you want to splurge a bit?

Check out these whiskeys that will cost you around $50 (give or take a few bucks) to get a good bottle for a straight-up sip or a cocktail mixer.

Editor's note: prices are subject to change and vary by location.

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Breckenridge Reserve Blend

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A bottle of Breckenridge Reserve Blend starts in the Rocky Mountains at almost 10,000 feet above sea level at the Breckenridge Distillery.

The whiskey, which costs around $55 for 750ml, includes high-rye bourbon and water from the Rockies as well as notes of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and vanilla and finishes with a long, oaky note.

Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a smooth and balanced flavor that whiskey lovers will enjoy.

A 750ml bottle, which costs around $45, includes notes of cherry, vanilla, and maple, which give it some sweetness and spice from rye.

Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey

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Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey traces its origins back to 1796, when Hayden first started making bourbon in Kentucky.

The recipe is similar to today’s version, with notes of rye, cracked pepper, and honey, along with some finishing notes of cinnamon and baking spices.

Check out a 750ml bottle for around $55 to add to your bar or share with friends.

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Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky

Courtesy of Total Wine Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

Johnnie Walker is a classic for scotch lovers who want to add a blended whiskey to their shelves.

Bottles are blended with Scotch whiskies aged for at least 12 years. They include notes of toffee and vanilla and have a smooth, smoky finish.

You can buy a 750ml bottle for around $50.

George Dickel Rye Whiskey

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The George Dickel Rye Whiskey has notes of clove, cinnamon, and hints of black pepper to give it a bit of spiciness at the end of every sip.

But you don’t just have to sip it, as the whiskey is also great for cocktails that may need an extra kick.

Grab a 750ml bottle for around $45.

Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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The name may be confusing when it comes to where this bottle originates, but you can’t mistake a bottle of bourbon whiskey made in Kentucky when you taste it.

A bottle of Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey contains a blend of two whiskeys — one aged for four years and the other aged for seven years.

The blended whiskeys, which give off notes of caramel, butter, and cherries, cost about $45 for a 750ml bottle.

Fort Hamilton Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Courtesy of Fort Hamilton Fort Hamilton Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Try a small-batch bourbon with a New York attitude when you pick up a bottle of Fort Hamilton Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey.

The bourbon is made at the Fort Hamilton Distillery in Brooklyn, New York City, and includes local ingredients from the Hudson Valley for a truly New York state experience.

The single-barrel bourbon costs around $55 for a 750ml bottle.

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

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A bottle of Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky includes a blend of malt and grain whiskies that have each aged at least 12 years.

The whiskey includes notes of herb, honey, apple, and hazelnut in a 750ml bottle that costs around $50.

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Courtesy of Caskers Total wine-Knob Creek Maple Whiskey

It’s easy to find a bottle of Knob Creek Smoked Maple Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey — the distinct notched cork makes it stand out on the shelf.

Another stand-out for this bottle is the real maple syrup infused with the whiskey, which makes it a perfect pairing with meat dishes for around $50 for a 750ml bottle.

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Connemara Original Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

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There are some great whiskeys from across the pond, including those from the Emerald Isle.

Check out the Connemara Original Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey, which has a distinct peaty flavor and aroma along with a sweet malt taste. A 750ml bottle costs around $50.

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

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Glenfiddich is a well-known Scotch whiskey brand that won’t disappoint whiskey drinkers, especially those who may be beginning their adventures with whiskey.

The Glenfiddich 12 Year Old bottle features pear and subtle oak flavors in a whiskey that’s aged in oak barrels for at least 12 years.

Pick up a 750ml bottle for around $50.

Cedar Ridge Rye Whiskey

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You may be surprised to find a rye whiskey from Iowa, but Cedar Ridge Rye Whiskey may be a good option if you’re looking for something not from Kentucky.

The rye whiskey is a good balance of spicy, flora aromas with sweet notes of lemon candy and cherry pits for around $45 for a 750ml bottle.

Bottom line

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Whiskey is a great staple to add to any bar without busting your wallet, so take advantage of trying new options or picking up a favorite.

You may also want to learn how to add whiskey to your investment portfolio and pick up some bottles that could earn you money later on.

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