I'm wanting to buy a very nice bottle of whiskey for the holidays. What do you recommend? Anything under $100. I realize I am probably opening myself up for 40 opinions but I hope to distill (pun intended) a decision out of your responses.
I find I do not prefer peaty scotch. Also in my limited experience I have preferred rye whiskeys.
Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch ~$40
Four Roses Single Barrel ~$40
and since you have a bit of that $100 left just get some Buffalo Trace.
Blanton's is a wise decision.
As far as rye, Sazerac Rye would be ~$30, Four Roses Rye is good, Bulleit Rye is good, most Rye are MGP sourced, but are still great whiskeys.
I would not suggest you spend 100 beans on a single bottle, most of the $40-50 offerings are as good or better than anything in that price point.