Best Bourbon Under $100

When talking about Bourbon, the all-American Spirit, all eyes are usually on Pappy or Blanton’s, but truth be told, you can get incredible Bourbony treasures for less than a hundred bucks.

The Bourbons on this list sound like bottled desserts (vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavors, anyone?), and they will wow your palate without you having to sell the family jewelry. 

Craft Bourbon or one of the big brands? Yes. Both. All of them: Jefferson’s, Four Roses, Rabbit Hole, Noble Oak, FEW, Balcones, Bulleit, Woodford Reserve, Kings County, Smooth Ambler, Old Forester, 1792, Knob Creek, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge, OOLA, and others are here.

The first five bottles are Flaviar Community Favorites, so you know you’re treating yourself to something splendid, and they’re followed by other breathtaking Bourbons that will take you on a road trip across the United States.

By the way, for true Bourbon lovers, Flaviar offers Bourbon-themed subscription boxes with hard-to-find Bourbon & Rye brands. 

Top 5 Bourbon Under $100

Angel's Envy

Bourbon Whiskey

A living Bourbon legend. This phenomenal Bourbon is a product of Louisville Distilling Co., a distillery rooted in 200 years of Bourbon heritage that creates artisan, hand-finished Spirits. The Angel's Envy is, as they say, their masterpiece, and was inspired by legendary Master Distilled Lincoln Handerson's lifetime spent crafting fine Spirits. They offer two other expressions: a cask strength Bourbon and a Rum finished Rye. For the production of Angel’s Envy Port Finished Bourbon only mineral-rich Kentucky limestone water and locally sourced grains are used. The Bourbon is aged for up to 6 years in the upper floors of the warehouse and finished for another 3-6 months in port casks made from French oak that are imported directly from Portugal. My, oh, my gimme, gimme! Its godly flavor will bless your palate and make you pray for more. Discover more Bourbons under $100! *No returns or refunds available for personalized items.

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Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

A truly rare solera-aged and Sherry finished Bourbon. Dave Pickerell has had a noble career. He graduated from West Point Military Academy, served with distinction, then completed his masters degree in Chemical Engineering before working at Maker’s Mark Bourbon for thirteen years. While there, he was Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association and a member of the Distilled Spirits Council. In 2006 he struck out on his own, refurbishing a 200-year-old Farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley of New York to found Hillrock Farm and Distillery — a "farm to bottle" estate producer of fine Whiskies. First, the Spirit in Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey is at least six years old. But this is the Solera method, which means that the "average age" of the Spirit is far older. Then the Whiskey is finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. It’s a costly and time-consuming process, but the solera process brings a complexity to Spirits that can’t be found any other way. It’s truly special! Smartass Corner: First used with Madeira and Sherry Wines, the Solera method is where the barrel is only half emptied with each pass, then it is refilled. This way each new batch is half of the batch that preceded it, and so on… theoretically forever. With each generation, the average age and complexity of the Spirit increases. Discover more Bourbons under $100!   *This bottle is a collector’s item; we will not be able to entertain any refunds or exchanges. **Individual orders are limited to one item per person, as we wish to give everyone the opportunity to participate. ***Any kind of transit damage is insured and will be reimbursed.

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Woodford Reserve

Double Oaked

Make mine a Double. The Woodford Reserve Distillery has been distilling on the same site for more than 235 years, making it the oldest Bourbon distillery in Kentucky. Now owned by Brown-Forman—one of America’s largest wine and spirits companies—it has been refitted and set to expand. Since their founding in 1780, the folks at Woodford have been influential in the development and codifying of Bourbon production. In short, they helped invent the spirit as we know and love it today! To their credit, Brown-Forman are protective of this valuable brand. They are keeping all of the corporate “suits” out of the way and letting the Bourbon-loving employees at Woodford continue to do the Whiskey Voodoo that they do so well. Despite the recent industry boom and new Bourbons appearing all over the place, there are a few premium brands that have been delivering something special forever and a day. Year after year. In the case of Woodford Reserve, that’s century after century. The distillery is still breaking new ground when it comes to crafting truly unique expressions of Whiskey. Case in point – the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon. A twist on the classic Woodford Reserve proves once again that the distillery is still well set in its trailblazing ways. The Bourbon begins its journey like they normally do, in heavily charred oak barrels, before it’s further matured for nine months in new barrels which have been deeply toasted and lightly charred. That adds an entirely different depth of soft, sweet oak character to the expression. The Bourbon is rich, complex and thoroughly enjoyable. When it comes to combos of tradition, quality, and originality, it doesn’t get much better than this. If you’re a Bourbon fan, you’ll surely appreciate all the subtle flavor nuances that develop because of the “double oaked” procedure plus the tradition and craftsmanship that come with this prestigious brand. Although this is one of the more expensive Bourbons out there, you’re getting your money’s worth, no doubt about it. Sometimes you got to pay a premium to get what you want. And you want the very best, don’t you?  Discover more Bourbons under $100!  

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Buffalo Trace

Bourbon (1L)

This flagship Bourbon has history in every sip. There has been Whiskey made on the site of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, for more than two hundred years. The first distillery operation that can be continuously traced to Buffalo Trace was started in 1812 by Harrison Blanton (yes, that Blanton). He sold the operation in 1870 and it was renamed the Old Fire Copper (O. F. C.) Distillery. It has been bought and sold many times over the intervening decades, but Sazerac has owned the property since 1992. They produce a wide range of Bourbons and Spirits — including their signature Bourbon. Not only is the Buffalo Trace signature Bourbon beloved by its fans, it’s also really good and not overly-priced. In fact, it has become the flagship of the Sazerac Bourbon line-up. They keep the mash bill tight — Corn, Rye, and malted Barley with no Wheat filler. It is also aged at least 8 years and served up at 45% ABV. All that means rich, classic Bourbon flavor in every sip. For many Bourbon fans, Buffalo Trace is their "go-to" daily drinker and we think it would be hard to make a better choice. Smartass Corner: Buffalo Trace has a capacity of about 2.7 million gallons per year — enough to fill about 51,000 barrels. This is especially impressive since everything passes through a single, 60,000 gallon beer still (wash type). Discover more Bourbons under $100!

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Old Forester

1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon

Old Forester not only survived Prohibition, it is paying tribute to it with its 1920s style Bourbon. Aging Whiskey was not a common thing in the U.S. in the 19th century. Consequently this was also the era of added sweetener and acid and tobacco dye (shudder). But a young man named George Garvin Brown -a pharmaceutical salesman from Kentucky- was a man before his time, a visionary that saw the need for high quality Whiskeys. After saving his pennies, he and his brother opened the J.T.S. Brown & Bro. Distillery, and began distilling Bourbon. And, much unlike other U.S. distillers in that era, Brown took his time, and aged his Bourbon like a champ. The distillery's first release, Old Forester, was introduced in 1870. It was aged in oak casks and sealed in glass bottles, said to retain the quality of the Spirit. The Bourbon even survived Prohibition, when it continued to be distilled for medicinal purposes. It is the only Bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition. Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon is the third release in the Old Forester Whiskey Row series. A 115 proof expression that “celebrates the brand’s continued distillation during Prohibition,” when Old Forester was granted a permit to continue distilling on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. This Whiskey is bold on the nose, with deliciously intense notes of cherry, caramel and dark chocolate. The palate is rich with sweet caramel, nuttiness, and cedar. The finish is wonderfully tart with a long smoky finish.

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