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The 19 Best Bourbons For The Money in 2022

Last Updated on June 26, 2022 by Lydia Martin

American Bourbon has so many requirements before you can consider it a bourbon. This reason makes many believe that the best bourbons come with high price tags. However, we know that there are remarkable brands that sell their bourbons at a low price. 

We want you to start enjoying these bottles, so take a look at this list of the best bourbons for the money. 

Top 19 Bourbons That Won’t Break Your Bank 

1. Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101

Price: roughly $25 per 750 ml

Distillery: Wild Turkey Distilling Company

ABV: 50.5 ABV

Flavor Profile: 

It has notes of toffee, vanilla, and caramel flavors with strong hints of barrel spice.

Why We Like It: 

Wild Turkey is made of 75% corn and 13% rye with 12% barley. These grains helped with the complex flavor of this bourbon. The taste is well-balanced though we feel it misses a bit of depth. We find it a really good sipper with the not-so-sweet flavors. 

Read: Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon vs Rare Breed

2. Hirsch Selected Whiskeys The Horizon

Hirsch Selected Whiskeys The Horizon

Price: roughly $39 per 750 ml

Distillery: Hotaling & Co

ABV: 46%

Flavor Profile: 

Well-balanced tasting notes of cinnamon, vanilla, rye spice, and toasted oak. It also has hints of cornbread, spice cake, and honeyed biscuits.

Why We Like It:

Hirsch’s The Horizon is made of the traditional blend of corn, rye, and barley mash bill. The flavors incorporated during its four years of aging are interestingly delicious. It holds enough choco-like sweetness that has gathered toasted oak flavors. It is great to sit and sip and holds the port even when mixed in cocktails.

3. 1792 Small Batch

1792 Small Batch

Price: roughly $31 per 750 ml

Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery

ABV: 46.9%

Flavor Profile: 

Rye spice is evident on the nose and palate, followed by caramel notes and sweet vanilla. It has rounded notes of cinnamon, too, with banana and delicious créme brûlée and toffee. As it finishes, peppery flavors reappear.

Why We Like It:

Barton 1792 bottled in bond bourbon, is a high rye mash bill bourbon that offers complex flavors. For eight years, they aged this bourbon in new charred oak barrels intended to come out sophisticated and complex. It has a balanced sweet and spicy blend with dark chocolate burst. 

4. Smoke Wagon

Smoke Wagon

Price: average price of $32.99 per 750 ml

Distillery: Nevada H&C Distilling Co

ABV: 46.25%

Flavor Profile: The scent of young rye grain greets the nose with a hint of caramel, citrus, and toasted nuts. The palate has the same flavors but fuller notes with fruit, pepper, and charred oak. 

Why We Like It:

This Smoke Wagon bottle is tricky to find regardless of being an entry-level bourbon. It has an interesting viscosity that feels full in the mouth but not heavy. It has that level of creaminess that is pleasing. The smell brings raw rye grainy smell with a bit of citrus, nuts, and oak. It tastes like corn cereals swimming in caramel and vanilla. 

5. Eagle Rare

Eagle Rare

Price: roughly $34.99 per 750 ml 

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery

ABV: 45%

Flavor Profile:

It has hints of herbs, orange peel, toffee, leather, and oak scent. It has full and bold oak flavors with almonds, nougat, and cocoa. It has undertones of earthy mushroom and grass with a lingering dry finish.

Why We Like It:

Eagle Rare is one of the hardest bottles of bourbon to find. This small-batch piece is a low-rye bourbon whiskey with a very complex flavor. We enjoy the marriage of strong and light flavors and sweet and spicy notes. It brings you traditional bourbon feels each time you take a sip. It is not the best Kentucky bourbon, but this is a good bourbon for its price. 

6. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Price: roughly $34 per 750 ml

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery

ABV: 40%

Flavor Profile: 

It has a pleasant scent of vanilla, mint, and butterscotch. To the mouth, it has a nice blend of pumpkin pie, brown sugar, caramel popcorn, and just enough spice with a long and smooth finish.

Why We Like It:

We liked the leveled sweetness with surprises on the sides when sipping a bottle of Buffalo Trace. It can be because they use amaranth as their mash bill, blended with corn and barley. The tasting notes changes, but the level of sweetness remains on the same part without being overwhelming. It is one of the best bourbons that you can enjoy neat regardless of the time of the day. 

7. Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Price:  roughly $32.99 per 750 ml

Distillery: Jim Beam distillery

ABV: 40%

Flavor Profile: 

It has high notes of corn and cinnamon with white pepper, spices, and lemon. The finish is swift and dry, which leaves a light and peppery cinnamon and vanilla oak taste. 

Why We Like It:

This high-rye bourbon whiskey is not one of those whiskeys that have an intolerable smell and taste. The flavors are not complex, nor is it unforgettable. However, this is a bottle that you wouldn’t mind sipping on a hot afternoon. It is a low-key but enjoyable piece. It is perfect for beginners, novices, and anybody who is just in need of something to sip while waiting for the day to pass.

8. Broken Barrel Whiskey Co. California Oak Bourbon

Broken Barrel Whiskey Co. California Oak Bourbon

Price: roughly $33 per 750 ml

Distillery: Infuse Spirits Distillery

ABV: 47.5 %

Flavor Profile: 

Hints of oak and red wine on the nose. Viscous on the mouth with full flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, and baking spice. Ref wine flavor is evident too.

Why We Like It:

The flavors of Broken Barrel Bourbon Barrel Select California Oak are not really special, but we liked the sweetness of the red wine imprinted on the liquor. The fresh oak and baked apple are enjoyable as you take a slow sip. A little harsh on the alcohol, but not much. 

9. Elijah Craig Small Batch

Elijah Craig Small Batch

Price: roughly $32 per 750 ml 

Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery

ABV: 47%

Flavor Profile: 

The nose denotes sweet mash blended with fruits and vanilla. The palate has floral notes, rich caramel, marzipan, and wood cherry. 

Why We Like It:

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon has an interesting mash blend. The usual rye grain is lesser than the malted barley. There is also no age statement on this bottle. The flavors are rounded and warm with enough smokiness, oak, and sweet treats. Very enjoyable to drink neat and not expensive to mix cocktails. We think it’s one of the best bourbons on the market.  

10. Russell’s Reserve 10 Years Old

Russell's Reserve 10 Years Old

Price: roughly $40 per 750 ml

Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery

ABV: 45%

Flavor Profile

The flavors transition from sweet caramel to creamy vanilla to cocoa and pine. It holds an earthy oak undertone with clove and an allspice finish.

Why We Like It:

It is a full-bodied bourbon with complex flavors. The spice notes are not very strong, but it gives the drinker the traditional flavors. The tawny color gives the liquor an attractive look. It is not a perfect drink, especially with the bitterness in the mid-palate. However, this is still a great bourbon because of the complexity of the flavors that shifts instantly from sweet to floral and then earthiness. 

11. Pinhook Bourbon Heist

Pinhook Bourbon Heist

Price: roughly $34.99 per 750 ml

Distillery: Castle & Key distillery

ABV: 49%

Flavor Profile: 

The aroma of butter, citrus, and rye bread greets the nose. Flavors of candied orange and peaches, toasted nutmeg, vanilla, and coffee tickle the palate.

Why We Like It:

It is one of the rare bottles of bourbon that we wouldn’t mind searching for. For starters, we like the notable but not harsh alcohol. The flavors, including alcohol, are similar to cask strength bourbon, which we appreciate. The taste of the ingredients is all noticeable but not overpowering the other. It is complex yet smooth, a very sippable bourbon to our liking. 

12. Evan Williams Single Barrel

Evan Williams Single Barrel

Price: roughly $38 per 750 ml

Distillery: Heaven Hills Brands

ABV: 43.3%

Flavor Profile: 

The aroma of licorice (1), brown sugar, and toasted oak hit the nose. The tongue will taste dried nuts, cinnamon, orange peel, licorice, and spiced tobacco. It has a very long and smooth finish.

Why We Like It:

This single barrel expression of Evan Williams is one of our favorites. The dryness and nuttiness are staple flavors of Heaven Hill, which is a great addition to the complex flavors you will experience in every sip. Evan Williams bourbon is one of the most enjoyable liquors you can find. 

13. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Price: roughly $37 per 750 ml

Distillery: Brown-Forman

ABV: 40%

Flavor Profile: 

Round flavors of sweet caramel, burnt brown sugar, baking spice, and toasted almonds. Notes of dark chocolate and citrus with rye caress the palate.

Why We Like It:

Woodford Reserve is one of the bourbons we like because of the smooth and complex flavors. It is very near the traditional flavor of bourbon but with surprises that are very pleasant to the mouth. Woodford Reserve Bourbon has strong flavors but does not overlap the other, which makes it very enjoyable to sip. 

14. Maker’s Mark 46

Maker's Mark 46

Price: roughly $30 per 750 ml

Distillery: Beam Suntory

ABV: 43%

Flavor Profile: 

The nose and palate hold the classic bourbon’s tasting profile and aroma. It has vanilla, oak, and caramel with butter, almonds, and leather notes. 

Why We Like It:

Maker’s Mark Bourbon is one of the crowd favorites, and it easily disappears in the bourbon market. It is wheated bourbon with traditional flavors you will enjoy sipping or mixing in cocktails. What we like about Maker’s Mark is the rich vanilla taste, the oak feel, the sweetness, and the spice. All work well together, which makes Maker’s Mark one of the best bourbons on the market. 

15. Chattanooga Whiskey 91

Chattanooga Whiskey 91

Price: roughly $40 per 750 ml

Distillery: Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery

ABV: 55%

Flavor Profile:

The nose has hints of honey, sweet tea, and apricot. The palate has flavors of rich caramel, subtle earthy notes, black pepper, and oak char, and the finish is warm with light herbaceousness but smooth.  

Why We Like It:

Chattanooga Whiskey 91 barrel-proof bourbon is different from other bourbon bottles. These are small-batch bottles with flavors that are out of the ordinary. It is a mixture of corn mash, malted honey barley, malted rye, and caramel malted barley. It was a brave move, but it surely produced a pleasant blend that can be drunk neat or on the rocks!

Read: The Best Bourbon Below $100

16. Redemption High Rye Bourbon

Redemption High Rye Bourbon

Price: roughly $28 per 750 ml

Distillery: Redemption Rye Whiskey Winery

ABV: 46%

Flavor Profile: 

The nose will be greeted with spice before a faint smell of vanillas, caramel custard, and oak. The tasting notes begin with baking spice, mint, and chocolate fudge and an oaky taste. 

Why We Like It:

We like this piece mainly of its price point. However, we are not too eager with the flavors being a sipping bourbon. But, we recommend this bottle of bourbon as a mixing base. It holds the port well as this is a high rye bourbon. 

17. Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Price: roughly $27 per 750 ml

Distillery: Brown-Forman Distillery

ABV: 46%

Flavor Profile: 

The nose holds a typical bourbon scent, vanilla, tobacco, and mint. The palate has sharp caramel and vanilla notes with freshly baked cornbread. 

Why We Like It:

Old Forester has always been a crowd favorite, with its traditional tasting notes developed for more depth. It may not be that enjoyable to have it neat since it is somehow hot. It is best with ice or mixed.

Read: The Best Bourbon Below $50

18. Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Price: roughly $37 per 750 ml

Distillery: Beam Suntory 

ABV: 50%

Flavor Profile: The tasting notes denote maple syrup sweetness with spicy cinnamon and salty butter. 

Why We Like It:

Knob Creek is one of the best bourbons for us because of its bold and complex, perfectly balanced flavors. The sweetness of brown sugar, black chocolate, and caramel blends well with black pepper spice. It is also bottled almost at its cask strength, giving it more character. 

19. Four Roses Small Batch

Four Roses Small Batch

Price: roughly $38 per 750 ml

Distillery: Four Roses Distillery

ABV: 45%

Flavor Profile:

The scent of spicy cedar and fruit will greet the nose. The palate has sweet oak and vanilla notes with hints of caramel, stone fruit (2), and floral notes.

Why We Like It:

Four Roses Bourbon is one of the smoothest small batch bourbons we have ever tasted in this price range. We like the balanced flavors of Four Roses, and the alcohol is not very imposing. The spice notes are also average, making Four Roses a delicious bourbon for sipping on the rocks and mixing. 

FAQs

How much should be the best bourbon for money?

The best bourbon for money should have an average price of around $40 for every 750ml bottle. You can find savory bourbons that can be sipped or mixed without spending so much. 

Are cheap bourbons still high-quality?

Yes, cheap bourbons are still high-quality. This bourbon’s production did not require high expenditures compared to mass-produced bottles.

Summary

The best bourbons are bottles with good flavor, nice texture, and versatility within the average price of $40. These are bottles that you can enjoy daily when you want to sit down and enjoy a lazy afternoon or relax after a long day.

The best bourbons are not necessarily expensive, though there are impeccable bottles special with a high price tag. But if you are only searching for a drink that you can sip without feeling guilty about the money you spent, then your best pick would be any of these brands on the list. 

References:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-881/licorice
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/stone-fruits

5 thoughts on “The 19 Best Bourbons For The Money in 2022”

  1. Buffalo Trace is the best one of this list, but it’s impossible to get now, mostly due to lists like these and its affordability. Woodford Reserve costs more but it’s the closest to the Trace, IMO.

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