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Five Questions to Ask when Buying Whiskey

Some people have purchased so much whiskey in the past that they don’t have to think twice about what they should and should not be buying. And then there are others who are on the fence, not really sure of what the market has to offer.

When buying whiskey, there are a few questions you should ask and answer before hitting the checkout line.

How much am I willing to spend?

Let’s face it: some people are going to make a decision on which whiskey to buy based on nothing more than price alone. They don’t care about the quality. They don’t care about the taste. All they care about is getting something that fits into their budget.

It does make good sense to set a budget before visiting the liquor store, as this will help you decide how to search.

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Buy good whiskey
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Which brand is best for me?

Once again, this is a question that experienced whiskey drinkers never have to ask. With so many brands to consider, you should focus on a few in your price range and then make a decision. Here are 10 of the top brands that you may come across:

  • Jack Daniels
  • Jim Beam
  • Crown Royal
  • Jameson
  • Kakubin
  • Seagram’s 7 Crown
  • Black Velvet
  • Canadian Club
  • Black Nikka
  • Canadian Mist

All of these brands bring something special to the market, so you owe it to yourself (and your taste buds) to experiment with each one at some point.

Where can I buy vintage whiskey?

If this is something you care about, you definitely want to answer this question as soon as possible. Believe it or not, an unopened bottle of whiskey stays good for as long as 100 years. Can you imagine cracking into a bottle of whiskey that is 75 to 100 years old? If you are interested in buying vintage whiskey, you may have to search your local area (as well as the internet) to find a seller.

Vintage whiskey

Vintage whiskey
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Are you going to mix your whiskey with something, such as Coca Cola, or drink it straight?

This is an age-old question that you will not be able to answer until you try both. Along with this, you have to consider the type of mood you are in. There may be times when you want to mix your whiskey, but there may also be times when drinking it on the rocks, for instance, piques your interest.

Where should I purchase my whiskey?

This depends on many factors, including where you can buy in your area, how soon you need the bottle, and your budget.

In some states, you may only be able to purchase whiskey in a state licensed liquor store. In other states, however, you can find what you are looking for in local grocery stores and other establishments.

Note: buying whiskey online has become more and more popular over the past few years, so don’t overlook the benefits of doing so.

When you answer these questions when shopping for whiskey, you know you are going to end up getting exactly what you want.

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