Best Inexpensive North American Whiskies

205650
Royal Canadian
Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Deep amber color. Aromas of mocha, spumoni, and toasty praline with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy root beer float, dried fruit, pepper and mineral finish. A nice flavorful, traditionally styled Canadian whisky for sipping or mixing.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219021
Forty Creek
Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
Golden amber color. Creamy aromas of flan, vanilla caramel sauce, orange zest, coconut shell and walnuts, and waffles with maple syrup with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy olorosso sherry, roasted almonds, milk chocolate coated toffee, and jicama finish. A lovable creamy and vanilla forward Canadian whiskey to shoot or mix with friends.
92 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221291
Early Times
Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whisky
Bright amber color. Aromas of vanilla, pecan pie, chocolate glaze, and candied banana with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length chocolate coated toffee, caramel corn, and candy apple finish. A solid bonded bourbon for any occasion.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221078
Jim Beam
Double Oak Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bright amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of buttered fruit cake, roasted nuts and granola, chocolate dried stone fruits and citrus, and peach blossom honeycomb with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long brown spices, caramelized nuts, and minerals finish. A supple and inviting bourbon with a warm glow of spices and fruits.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221079
Jim Beam
Bonded Bourbon Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate dipped peanut brittle, almond nougat, caramel, and orange oil with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long roasted nuts finish. A terrific full-bodied whiskey that packs a punch.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217074
Wild Turkey
American Honey
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of candied orange peel and mango, orange blossom honey, corn bread pudding, and delicate spices and herbs with a glycerous, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long caramelized nuts, dried fruits, and peppery spices finish. A nice comforting flavored whiskey liqueur.
92 points $23 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205735
Skip Rock
Headwaters White Whiskey
Clear. Clean aromas and flavors of raisin bran and delicate minerals with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, peppery spice and sweet cream accented finish. A very precisely made and versatile white whisky with a lot of charm.
91 points $16.75 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218693
Kirkland Signature
Blended Canadian Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of fruitcake, caramelized nuts, banana muffin, and maple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length honeyed raisin toast, sweet and peppery spices, creme brulee, and roasted nuts finish. A very tasty and nicely balanced Canadian whisky for sipping or cocktails.
91 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217048
Caliber
Apple Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
Clear dusty golden yellow color. Candied, sweet aromas and flavors of apple sorbet and soda and apple pie with a glycerous, bright, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, interesting, relaxed spicy apple pie crust finish. A pleasant spicy apple pie like flavored whiskey.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221088
Colville
5 YO Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of ginger, lemongrass, green apple taffy, and cedar with a satiny, bright, light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length Pillsbury grand’s biscuits, curaçao oranges, spicy cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and clove finish. A nutty, sweet, pleasingly woody bourbon that will win over your guests.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab