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
216632
Jim Beam
"Black" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Golden amber color. Nutty, inviting aromas and flavors of fresh peanut and cashew brittle, honeyed toast, honeyed pineapple cake upside cherries, and cola with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long sweet corn pudding, toffee, and brown spices finish. A robust, well balanced bourbon with great flavor and length.
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
216778
Colville
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Clear gold color. Aromas and flavors of sarsaparilla, Swedish rye cracker and plantain, spiced peanut brittle, and fish food and clay pot with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy honeyed grain, cherry custard, wood plank, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A nicely balanced versatile bourbon.
90 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214125
J.P. Wiser’s
Canadian Rye Whisky
Opaque gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, buttercream, delicate spice, and cedar with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pepper, minerals, and honeyed rye finish. A rock solid Canadian whisky with a firm, spicy rye backbone.
90 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205644
Triple Crown
North American Blended Whiskey
Light amber color. Aromas of maple sugar, nougat and faint cherry cola with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, clean, praline, mineral, and delicate spice finish. A tasty, easy drinking, crowd pleasing whisky.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220501
Benchmark
Old No. 8 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Clear gold color. Aromas of roasted corn, clover flower, honeysuckle, fruit punch and black pepper with an oily, soft, dryish light body and a hot, short cornbread crust, butterscotch soft serve, bitter pecan flavoring, and red vines finish. A easy-going and breezy bourbon for mixed drinks.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab