Best Whiskeys to Gift in 2023

On today’s special episode of A Wiser Retirement™ podcast, Casey Smith is joined by whiskey enthusiasts, Robert Swarthout and Noland Glenn. We are switching it up from our regular financial topics to talk about the best whiskeys to gift in 2023. Whether you’re looking to impress a whiskey connoisseur, surprise a loved one, or simply elevate your collection, we hope you find our whiskey gift guide helpful. 

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Best Whiskeys Under $50

Elijah Craig Small Batch $30 (bourbon)
  • Aroma: Complex notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit and fresh mint
  • Taste: Smooth and warm, pleasantly woody with accents of spice, smoke and nutmeg
  • Finish: Long, sweet and slightly toasty
Four Roses Single Barrel $50 (bourbon)
  • Aroma: Dried spice, pear, cocoa, vanilla & maple syrup
  • Taste: Hints of ripe plum, cherries
  • Finish: Smooth and delicately long
Basil Hayden Dark Rye $40 (rye)
  • Aroma: Oaky notes balanced with dark berries and molasses
  • Taste: A complex blend of caramel, dried fruit, and oak with notes of spice
  • Finish: Lingering dried fruit with a hint of sweetness and rye spice

Best Whiskeys Under $100

Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon $60 (bourbon)
  • Aroma: Very sweet, brown sugar and caramel, apple, toffee
  • Taste: Rich and creamy sweetness, higher proof, 120. Vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar.
  • Finish: Hot and long-lasting, cinnamon, oak, and leather
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof $80 (bourbon)
  • Aroma: Caramel with toasted oak, fruit notes of apple and orange
  • Taste: Rich vanilla, caramel, butterscotch with spices and black pepper
  • Finish: Nicely layered, fades slowly as it cools
Willet 4-Year Rye $75 (rye)
  • Aroma: Floral, botanical, and sweet scents. Plenty of caramel, caramel apple, caramel popcorn, burnt toffee
  • Taste: Raisin, menthol, spices. Green tee notes a somewhat medicinal taste. Light cherry and citrus notes
  • Finish: More botanical notes with slight spices

Best Whiskeys Over $100

Blue Run Golden Rye $110 (rye)
  • Aroma: Freshly baked bread, cinnamon, vanilla bean, slight hint of oak
  • Taste: Light rye gain, spices, vanilla, charred oak, dried raisin
  • Finish: Oak, vanilla, rye spice, cinnamon, leather
Eagle Rare 17 (or anything from Buffalo Antique Collection) $100+ (bourbon and rye)
  • Aroma: Toasted sugar, white peppercorn, oak
  • Taste: Vanilla, creme brulee, tart apple, cinnamon syrup, dark fruit hints
  • Finish: Dry oak, peppercorn, dry leather, vanilla
Weller 12 Year $250 (wheated bourbon)
  • Aroma: Rich vanilla, sweet caramel and oak
  • Taste: Thick buttery, oak notes, warm caramel, vanilla notes
  • Finish: Pecan, caramel, and a faint red fruit note

Additional Gift Ideas

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0:25 Intro

05:35 Less than $50

13:20 Less than $100

18:45 Greater than $100


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