I've sampled the entire Midleton line and Jameson 12 and Jameson Gold Reserve are the best values for me. They even stand up well to Midleton Very Rare and Jameson Vintage Reserve. Redbreast 12 is also good… plan on trying the cask strength some day.
Jameson Gold is very good, I rank it right behind Black Bush.
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Everyday my spirit seems to find its way to the bottom of a glass...... Don
DSculpt, my favorites are RB Cask Strength-$60, and Black Bush-$36.
Can't go wrong with either: great whiskies.
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Also check out Greenore Single Grain - it's a single grain whisky and I think it's pretty tasty and since corn is the primary ingredient it is a good whisky for a bourbon lover. GreenSpot is now available in the US - I forgot what I saw it priced at. Another Irish whiskey that doesn't get a lot of respect is Knappogue Castle 12 Year Single Malt - I've seen it on sale for $25 in several states, although it normally runs $35-40. I find it to be a crowd favorite when I bring it to parties.
Along with Green Spot, Redbreast 21 YO is now arriving in the States. I have a sample but haven't tried it; the folks at WA certainly liked it:
That said, it costs some serious coin; there are obviously other, more affordable ways to crack into the category.