Whiskey priced at $7.42 in 2009 $8.34 in 2023

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Prices for Whiskey, 2009-2023 ($7.42)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for whiskey at home are 12.36% higher in 2023 versus 2009 (a $0.92 difference in value).

The current national average price is $7.42 for "Bourbon whiskey, 375 ml-1.75 liter (cost per 25.4 ounces/750 ml)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 2009 and 2023: Whiskey experienced an average inflation rate of 0.84% per year. In other words, whiskey costing $7.42 in the year 2009 would cost $8.34 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.42% during this same period, inflation for whiskey was lower.

In the year 2009: Pricing changed by 3.75%, which is above the average yearly change for whiskey during the 2009-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2009 (-0.36%), inflation for whiskey was much higher.

Price Inflation for Whiskey at home since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1991 (10.16%), 1986 (7.13%), and 1980 (6.27%).

Price history

The average price for Whiskey is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Bourbon whiskey, 375 ml-1.75 liter (cost per 25.4 ounces/750 ml):

YearAverage price (Whiskey)Inflation adjusted price (2023 dollars)

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Buying power of $7.42 since 2009

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Whiskey, over time, for $7.42 beginning in 2009. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Whiskey at home:


Adjust whiskey prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 2009 * 2009 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Whiskey at home was 195.077 in the year 2009 and 219.190 in 2023:

219.190 / 195.077 * $7.42 = $8.34

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $7.42 in 2009 has the same "purchasing power" as $8.34 in 2023 (in the CPI category of Whiskey at home).

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Whiskey at home in 1952. In addition to whiskey, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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