There are many choices, here are 3 great bourbons at great prices.
There are a lot of great bourbons out there and most of them cost over $40 a bottle (0.75 liters). Many of us cannot run out and drop $40 to $60 a bottle each time we stop by the liquor store.
It can be intimidating to walk into an aisle that may have 1,000 bottles or more.
To help you navigate your options, I have selected my favorites for less than $30, $20 and $10 per bottle. Like most things where and when you buy impact the price. I have provided some guidelines for good bourbons at great prices.
Below are some of my favorites, hope you enjoy.
The best bargain bourbons under $30:
1. Maker’s Mark (less than $30 usually)
A bourbon you can find almost anywhere and known to just about everyone who drinks whisky. There are good reasons for this, it is a really great tasting bourbon at a reasonable price. You always know you are going to get: a great tasting, 90 proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
Not recommended for mixed drinks if you are concerned about the price, there is no need to mix or water down this smooth rich tasting bourbon. If you must, add a couple ice cubes or whatever your favorite method for making your drink cold (spheres, cubes or Whiskey Stones) happens to be.
2. Evan Williams (less than $20 always)
Hands down, the very best bourbon for the price. Usually less than $15 a bottle, it can be found in most well stocked stores. Evan Williams Bottled-In-Bond, 100 proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which means it is a solid whiskey. It is very smooth considering the proof and price.
Make sure you are picking up the white label. The black and green labels make great mixed drinks, but should not be confused with the white label.
You can drink this bourbon straight or on the rocks. At 100 proof, it does not suffer from a mild dilution with ice.
3. Benchmark Old No. 8 (less than $10 occasionally)
A ~$10 bottle of bourbon that can be drank and appreciated straight. At first sip I was pleasantly surprised. A real bargain, 80 proof, smooth, and a good flavor. If you can find another 5 dollars I would move up to Evan Williams but still a great bourbon at a great price.
So there you go:
3 great bourbons at 3 price points and all less than $30 a bottle. Each a great bargain and deserving of a place on your shelf.