Our Favorite Whiskey for Making an Old Fashioned

Officially named in the 1880s, the Old Fashioned was an homage to simpler cocktails that had been replaced with a new fad of complex and exotic cocktails by the 1860s. The Old Fashioned consists of a four-ingredient mixture of water whiskey, a sugar cube, and Angostura bitters.

smoked whiskey for an old fashioned cocktail with cubes of ice

It remains one of the most popular and foundational cocktails, appearing on every menu and mixologist’s repertoire. A drink as simple as an Old Fashioned is only as good as the quality of its ingredients.

Thus, I’ve compiled a list of the best whiskey for old fashioned to explore below. 

Best Whiskeys for Old Fashioned


When you’re in the mood for an Old Fashioned, not just any whiskey will do. My list of the best whiskey for Old Fashioned contains a myriad of brands whose flavors and textures will help make a show-stopping cocktail.

Let me know which whiskey brand you thought makes the best Old Fashioned in the comments below.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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