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Best Buys are spirits that deliver great taste at a great price. We use an algorithm that compares the ratio of a product's suggested retail price to our score in order to calculate our Best Buy list. If you are on a budget, these bottles can't be beat! 



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Best Inexpensive North American Whiskies

Ole Smoky Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey
94 points
$24
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of peanut butter honey sandwich, kettle corn, chocolate chips, and banana slices with a satiny, soft, sweet medium body and a sleek, amusing, long finish revealing nuances of vanilla-honey milkshake. A Peanut Butter Whiskey so absurdly delicious, it’s nuts.
Awards: 2021 Best Flavored Whiskey
94 points $24 Best Buy
Evan Williams 2013 Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$29
Best Buy
Amber color. Inviting aromas of caramel popcorn, spiced apples, leather, maple, and brown butter with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long milk chocolate, pecan marzipan, toffee, and espresso finish. An instantly appealing, classic Bourbon that can do no wrong.
94 points $29 Best Buy
Evan Williams 1783 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of monkey bread, lemon custard tart, molasses cookies, and brandied cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long glazed nuts, sesame seeds, and ginger-orange marmalade finish. A sweet, spicy, chewy Bourbon that can’t do you wrong.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$24
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of candied cashews, fresh apples, coconut cream, strawberry jam, and milk chocolate with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long sesame candies, coffee gelato, leather, and spiced apples finish. A bold, nutty Bourbon that offers generous waves of flavor; excellent.
93 points $24 Best Buy
Bird Dog Salted Caramel Flavored Whiskey
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of toasted banana muffin, hints of sweet apple compote, toffee, and strawberry preserves with a round, crisp, sweet full body and a silky, captivating, medium-long peanut butter and honey on soft white bread and hints of creamy vanilla marshmallow finish. A bold, undulating, fluffernutter of a whiskey with sweet banana notes; dreamy.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Medium amber color. Aromas of maple syrup, shortbread cookies, and molasses with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length roasted walnuts, sweet banana pie, ’nilla wafers, and oak finish. A rich Canadian Whisky that hits the spot; drink neat, in cocktails or as a shooter.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Old Overholt Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey
92 points
$24
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of rich chocolate brownies, hot corn bread, roasted nut melange, hints of espresso, and gingersnaps with a round, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long coconut layer bar and mint-chocolate finish. A rich, nutty Rye Whisky with a chocolatey underbelly.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Ole Smoky Salty Caramel Flavored Whiskey
92 points
$24
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry gelato, yogurt-covered nuts, dark chocolate chips, and toffee-covered popcorn with a velvety, crisp, sweet medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of fruit-studded nougat. A balanced and surprisingly complex flavored whiskey.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$22
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cracked pepper, fennel, cola, almond biscotti, and cinnamon-sugar toast with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows notes of honey-roasted pecans, candied orange peel, maple, and plump dried fruits. Precise and focused aromas lead to an undulating, honeyed palate; an excellent dram.
91 points $22 Best Buy
Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled Straight Bourbon Whiskey
91 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramel coated nuts, circus peanuts, candied orange peel, fudge, and vanilla custard with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long finish imparting notes of toffee-coated popcorn and rose jelly finish. A delicious, classic bourbon with full nutty flavors and memorable length.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy