If you aren’t already a whiskey drinker, the brown spirit can seem intimidating. Some won’t try it because they insist they prefer beer. Some people say it’s just something their father-in-law drinks. Whatever the professed reason for staying away from whiskey, lurking underneath it is the fear that it just costs too much damn money to drink whiskey. But it doesn’t have to. Here, we’ll show you how to get started on your path to whiskey appreciation by putting in just $100, from bottles to the only glassware you need.
If you’re just coming to whiskey, buying an entire bottle is a big commitment. There are a number of solid, reasonably priced bottles for beginners, but buying just one or two bottles limits you to trying just one or two bottles. Whiskeys are unique, not only from one style to another but within those styles as well. Tasting boxes from Flaviar won’t give you nearly as much juice as you’d get from a full bottle, but they will allow you to sample some excellent whiskeys without spending hundreds of dollars. Flaviar offers boxes from a variety of whiskey regions around the world, but we’d recommend starting with their “Born in the USA” box. You’ll get a bourbon (Blanton’s), a rye (Catoctin Creek) and a cask strength, wheated whiskey (Journeyman). But if you want to narrow your focus, the bourbon and rye boxes are worth a look.