Best Bourbon Under $50

Although the threat of the Bourbon shortage has helped drive up the prices, there are still many affordable bottles you can get for less than $50.

Craft Bourbon or one of the big brands? Yes. Both. All of them: Maker’s Mark, Buffalo Trace, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's, Evan Williams, Rabbit Hole, Fours Roses, and others. And the flavor? It can go anywhere from hot and spicy to sweet and floral. Either way, you will not have to sell the family jewelry.

We’ve compiled a list of different styles, ages, and brands of best-rated Bourbons you can get without hurting your wallet.

The first five bottles on the list 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.

PS: With a $100 budget, the Bourbon world opens up widely for you to explore. Check out our list of Best Bourbons under $100 or give them a try first by buying our Bourbon-themed Tasting Boxes.

Top 5 Bourbon Under $50
1.

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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2.

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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3.

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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4.

Buffalo Trace

Bourbon

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).

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5.

Jefferson's

Reserve Very Old Small Batch Bourbon

The Reserve is what you deserve.    Jefferson’s was founded in 1997 by Trey Zoeller and his father Chet — a famed Bourbon historian who wrote the book on Kentucky Distilleries. Yes, an actual book called "Bourbon in Kentucky: A History of Distilleries in Kentucky." Heck, distilling is in their blood. In fact, eight generations ago, their super-great grandmother was arrested for the "production and sales of Spirituous liquors" in 1799. Which probably makes her the coolest ancestor ever!    The "official" story is that they named their Jefferson’s Bourbon after Thomas Jefferson because of "his curiosity and experimental Spirit." It likely didn’t hurt that Jefferson allegedly ran a still on his farm when he retired from public life… so did George Washington for that matter. Anyway, this is the mindset to which they dedicated themselves, pushing the boundaries of the definition of Bourbon. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering new possibilities. They make a range of specialty Bourbons and Rye Whiskeys in small batches, all special, all interesting in their own way. Making common Spirits is not their game, no sir.    Jefferson’s makes quality products, we established that. But even amidst their impressive product line, the Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon stands out as the cream of the crop. Let’s just say it defines their taste and quality in the most obvious way. It’s a "very small batch and very old" Bourbon, like the bottle suggests, comprised of 3 straight Bourbons aged up to 20 years and bottled at 45,1 % ABV. Each bottled is classified by number and batch ID. It’s polished and balanced and offer excellent value for such a rich product. We consider it the perfect all-rounder, a gateway into the world of premium, top class Bourbon.

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