Welcome back to The Cask! We’re going in a different direction today and I’m going to list my Top 5 from the 20 reviews I’ve done so far.

If you missed the previous editions of The Cask, check it out here with a link to the past editions (there’s a couple other posts mixed in too, you’ll notice my consistent lead image):

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Past Editions of The Cask

So unfortunately I don’t have a new review for you today, but after 20 editions of The Cask I felt it was time for a recap! With no further delay I present my favorite 5 whiskey’s I’ve discovered during this journey. I made sure that all 5 of these are under the $40 budget cap I’ve given for The Cask (which cut one whiskey from the list as I broke the rules once!).

First place

Goes to Alberta Rye Whisky - Dark Batch which surprised me with it’s complexity, depth, and amazing smoothness.

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If you remember this earned a 1 on my 1 through 4 scoring system.

Price was approximately $30.00. This Whisky is the perfect definition of what I’m looking for on The Cask. It was complex and delicious without costing a ton of money. $30 seems to be the sweet spot.


Second Place

In a very close second place finish is Eagle Rare, Kentucky Straight Bourbon. You guys did it, you turned me into a Bourbon guy. Eagle Rare earned another #1 ranking from me.

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The price came in just above $30 a bottle and like I said above, that’s the sweet spot. If you can find a really quality bottle of whiskey for around 30 bucks you’ve got it all figured out.

This is definitely me favorite bourbon right now.


Third Place

I have to say that I had the idea to make a top 5 list weeks ago and I never thought Donegal Irish Whiskey would fall this far. I love Donegal, it’s by far my favorite Irish Whiskey (that fits the budget) and with another #1 rating it’ll tell you how much I truly enjoyed the other two above it!

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It was a tough choice between Donegal and Teeling. I only went with the Donegal because it fits more into what The Cask is about - Great whiskey at a great price. This bottle is right around $25 and in that price range it’s untouchable.


Fourth Place

When you guys told me to go start enjoying Scotch I didn’t think I’d hit it out of the park on the first bottle. This quickly became a staple and one I always want to have around.

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Speyburn 10 Year may have only earned a 2 but it’s really amazing for that $30.32 price tag, honestly I have trouble finding a great Scotch under 40, I’ve got a couple on the list to try soon but Scotch is not a discount beverage that’s for sure!


Fifth Place

Last but not least we have a second Canadian Whiskey to round out the Top 5. Legacy Small Batch - Canadian Whisky is one of my favorite Whisky’s. I even had it featured on the Untitled Car Show Podcast with Ike when I was on (He liked it too! Check it out!)

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So this is another that makes it on the list with a #2 rating. Why? Well I stand firm on the fact that this is the best bottle you can buy for under $20. Sure you’re only a penny under but I can’t find this quality anywhere else.


Well, besides making the backsplash in my kitchen famous I sure hope you guys have enjoyed my reviews on The Cask. That being said, I think at least for the summer months I’m going to be scaling back The Cask to either bi-weekly or a monthly post. We’ve got a big summer planned and to be completely honest, this is not a cheap endeavor purchasing a bottle to review every week. Unfortunately the distilleries have not yet decided to send me free whiskey to sample for reviews!

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What do you guys think? Is every other week still a good frequency?

As always let me know what you think, what you want me to drink, and what you’ve been drinking! Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy some whiskey!