There is nothing more satisfying than finding a great deal on anything. Some people, however, don’t think they can find a great whiskey or bourbon without spending more than $30. Well, I have to say that’s incorrect people. A friend recently asked me to suggest a bottle of whiskey or bourbon that wouldn’t break the bank. This was great, since I’ve tried so many! Just so we set some ground rules, I must have tried them and I don’t work at any of these distilleries.
Before we start, let’s go over some notables: Old Forester, Larceny and Very Old Barton are two bourbons that are normally on the whiskey library house Old Fashioned list. There’s a reason why. They are affordable to have the largest margin and are good enough to charge premium prices. Those, however, are somewhat tough to find in the local liquor store. Elijah Craig, if you are willing to spend a bit more ($32) is a great one to have on stock that is always available at even the most limited liquor stores.
Without further ado, let’s get to the top five.
#5 Jim Beam Bourbon
This is probably one of the best buys you can get, as well as one of the most affordably-priced recommendations. Jim Beam, although, some would scoff at, is a very good and sophisticated bourbon. Not one that I would completely recommend drinking on the rocks, this is very respectable if you are making Old Fashioneds or any other bourbon cocktail for a group.
#4 George Dickel Original No 8
Ah, the one of my recommendations that has the funniest name. This distillery has multiple variations, including a Tennessee Rye, regular Whiskey and private barrels that are all very good. I first learned of this whiskey from the Cocktail Dudes in one of their videos of a whiskey cocktail. The original #12 retails for around $28, and is a one that I would recommend any time.
#3 Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Four Roses Distillery makes a few great variations of bourbon. The Yellow Label, which is the cheapest recommendation, is a great option, however the one that is worth the money is the Small Batch option. At $29.99, this one is great to put on the rocks.
#2 Bulleit Bourbon
Bulleit is another distillery that makes Rye, Bourbon and Aged, however don’t let that fool you to think they don’t do them all well. Bulleit Bourbon is number two on this list because of its highly polished flavor and silky mouthfeel. At $27, this is a great option for those wanting to drink a great bourbon for under $30.
#1 Buffalo Trace Bourbon
This one has been my secret elixir of choice. Always a staple at the Strobel household, Buffalo Trace pleases even the most undeveloped palates would appreciate. If I had one choice for a bourbon to have on hand – this could be it.
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