The thing I love most about American whiskey is that there are still great, affordable whiskies to be had. One of my favorites in this category is Old Grand-Dad 114.
Old Grand-Dad 114, Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 57% alcohol, made by Jim Beam (under $25).
Old Grand-Dad is made by Jim Beam, and while I am generally none to fond of Beam products, I really like the OG...D. This is a big, high alcohol, rye boosted Bourbon. The flavors run from big rye spice to wood and barrel char. It's strong, it's in your face, it's not subtle and not really complex, but it's good and reliable stuff.