For that, I suggest Irish whiskey. Jameson and Bushmill are the gold standards when it comes to single pot and blended Irish whiskeys, but I've recently discovered a new favorite, Concannon. This blend of malt Irish whiskey and grain Irish whiskey spends at least four years in barrel to contribute nice notes of oak and vanilla to the floral honeysuckle aromas of this excellent spirit. At only about $20 per bottle, it's an affordable entry-level product to try out something a little different from your regular American bourbon or whiskey.
Irish whiskey is best sipped up or with just a cube or two of ice, but you can also substitute it in your favorite cocktails. Concannon offers several recipes here at their website for a Conhattan, a Concannonball, an Old Fashioned Conhannon and many others.
Concannon is also well-known for their winery and is now run by the fourth generation of vintners. Clearly, these folks know their way around a barrel.
If you're looking for something a little more traditional for your whiskey-drinking pleasure, or perhaps you've been swept up with Van Winkle mania and are frantically searching the liquor store shelves for some aged bourbons, you've probably discovered that older whiskeys are getting increasingly scarce. You can flat give up on finding any Pappy in regular supply, and even my suggestion of W.L. Weller as a substitute has become tough to find.
When I was younger (but still of age, mind you), I looked down my nose at Heaven Hill, considering it "grandpa whiskey." Yet another way that I was young and dumb. Think If I'd bought some 12-year-old back then. It would be almost old enough to qualify for an AARP card by now. Old Fitz has the benefit of five years more of aging than Knob Creek at the same price, about $30 per bottle. Give it a try!
Finally, if you're interested in researching other whiskeys, my friends over at Drink Music City pointed me toward this excellent online guide at Cocktail Enthusiast. I do have to raise an eyebrow at giving Rebel Yell a 99 rating. There might be a little bug in the machine there.