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The Best World Whisk(e)y Under $75

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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 an alphabetical list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary from state to state.

  • Brenne Estate Cask Single Malt ($62)

    “Several years ago, while bartending at Herbs & Rye in Las Vegas, I got to try a bevy of spirits. Brenne stood out then much as it still does today. Notes of vanilla, brandied cherry, mango, light honey, baking spices—a harmonious balance on a winter’s night by the fire.”—Joe Pereira, bartender-at-large in New Bedford, Mass.

  • Irishman Single Malt ($38)

    “Finished in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, you get a great easy-drinking, smooth Irish whiskey.”—Travis Sanders, bartender at Pennyroyal in Seattle

  • Jameson Caskmates IPA ($34)

    “I love the aroma. You can smell the hops used and the mouthful when sipping this whiskey.”—Ryan Schaeffer, operational bartender at Four Corners bars in Chicago

  • Paddy ($27)

    “Because that’s what my Irish gran would drink in little yellow teacups. Gifts are about love and remembrance. I love and remember all the whiskey my gran Bridget fed me to keep me warm during the holidays.”—Abigail Gullo, bar manager and assistant general manager at Ben Paris at The State Hotel in Seattle

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  • Powers Gold Label ($35)

    “While it isn't the most famous brand in the category, it’s delicious, versatile and quintessential, making it the perfect gift.”—Sean Hoard, bar director at The Mighty Union in Portland, Ore.

  • Redbreast 12 Year ($72)

    “Try this single pot still Irish whiskey and you’ll understand why Redbreast keeps winning awards for best Irish whiskeys.”—Sanders

  • Starward Nova Single Malt ($55)

    “Super developed and nuanced for such a young whiskey, Starward is making some great products, and Nova is no exception.”—Hoard

  • Suntory Toki ($52)

    “This Japanese whisky has captured the attention of aficionados and novices alike. It’s the only way to highball.”——Sother Teague, beverage director at Amor y Amargo, Blue Quarter, HoneyBee's and Windmill in New York City

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  • Teeling Small Batch ($40)

    “Newly reopened in Dublin, Teeling has a small batch that’s finished in rum casks, adding notes of apple and pear. It’s a very unique Irish whiskey worth trying.”—Sanders