You may wish to look into samples.
This is something I discovered I have access to very recently, even though my state technically forbids shipment of alcohol to individuals. UPS didn't seem to care about the state laws.
Not to endorse any particular companies, I used Master of Malt this time around. I know some of them may seem expensive for a single drink once you factor in shipping, but to someone like me (recent college graduate) it gives me a chance to experience whiskies that are far out of my price range. It gives me an access to whiskies that i probably dont deserve, and that were distilled decades before i i was born. Experiencing something new and exciting is what this is all about for me. And what's awesome is that I bought a sample of their 50 year for about the same price as a bar in my area would charge for a glass of Glenlivet 25 year.
They also have the standard expressions in samples. These will be useful to me in trying many new whiskies without having to shell out for an entire bottle in a gamble of taste, which is what I did for the first 30 malts I tried, and it cost me over $1000.