6 Best World Whisk(e)ys Under $50

You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why.

Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality; it’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.

“Really cool Irish single-malt that you don’t see very often but drinks really nice.”—Zach Lynch, bar manager at The Ice Plant and brand ambassador at St. Augustine Distillery Co.

2. Tullamore D.E.W. Original ($24, Ireland)

“Scrappy, flavorful and delicious, Tully has the characteristic Irish smoothness with a bit more punch.”—Michael J. Neff, bar director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge


Canadian rye whisky the way it’s supposed to taste. Finally.”—Morgan Schick, operations and creative manager at The Bon Vivants

4. Kinahan’s L.L. Blended Small Batch ($33, Ireland)

“With a great history dating back to 1779, this great classic Irish whiskey is finally back.”—Ryan Maybee, co-owner of Manifesto and The Rieger and co-founder of J. Rieger & Co.


“A blend of three Japanese whiskys with a light straw color and fragrant floras. Perfect in a highball.”—Abigail Gullo, head bartender at Compère Lapin


“This is a delicious whiskey offering all of the true characteristics of Irish whiskey with smooth and velvety flavors.”—Gary Patrick Crunkleton, bartender at and owner of The Crunkleton

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