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Taster's Club's Best Bourbon Under $50

Written by Emma C | Updated April 2024

Welcome to the world of bourbon bliss without breaking the bank!

In our quest to unearth the finest spirits without the hefty price tags, our experts at Taster's Club have scoured the shelves to bring you the top bourbon bottles under $50. From classic flavors to hidden gems, each bottle on this list has been meticulously tasted and curated to ensure an exceptional drinking experience without denting your wallet.

Join us as we explore the rich history, diverse flavors, and undeniable value of these handpicked bourbons, crafted for bourbon enthusiasts like you who appreciate quality without compromise.

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Old Grand Dad 114

Old Grand Dad 114 is undeniably a bourbon gem, offering exceptional value without compromising on flavor. As a cornerstone of Jim Beam's esteemed lineup, its popularity mirrors the bourbon renaissance, showcasing its enduring appeal. Despite rumors of discontinuation, loyal fans continue to praise its accessibility, robust proof, and distinctive Jim Beam nuttiness. As the apex proof in the Old Grand Dad series, which includes 80, 100, and bottled-in-bond versions, ODG114 holds its ground. Contrary to misconceptions about affordability, this expression emerges as a standout in my collection, beckoning with nuanced character and enriching Jim Beam's storied legacy.

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Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101 is a legendary bourbon that embodies the true spirit of Kentucky craftsmanship. This iconic expression is known for its boldness and robust character, boasting a high proof of 101, which sets it apart in the world of bourbons. With a mash bill featuring a high proportion of corn, along with rye and malted barley, Wild Turkey 101 delivers a rich and complex flavor profile. Expect notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and a hint of spice, culminating in a smooth and satisfying finish. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails, Wild Turkey 101 is a timeless classic cherished by bourbon enthusiasts worldwide.

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Russell's Reserve 10 Year

Embark on a legendary bourbon experience with Russell's Reserve 10 Year, a masterpiece crafted by the iconic Jimmy and Eddie Russell. With decades of expertise, they've aged this bourbon in No. 4 alligator char barrels for a full decade, allowing rich caramel and vanilla notes to develop. Bottled at a balanced 90 proof, Russell's Reserve 10 Year delivers a uniquely smooth finish that lingers on the palate. This classic expression showcases the artistry and dedication of the Russell family, inviting whiskey enthusiasts to savor the depth of flavor and impeccable craftsmanship in every sip of Russell's Reserve 10 Year bourbon.

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Old Forester 100 Proof

Experience the timeless legacy of Old Forester 100 Proof bourbon, a tribute to the vision of founder George Garvin Brown, whose signature graces each bottle. Selected from premium barrels, this bourbon stands out for its rich, complex, and robust character. Balancing sweetness with a hint of spice, it offers a full-bodied flavor profile that shines whether sipped neat or mixed into cocktails. Bottled at 100 proof, every drop maintains its distinct essence, ensuring a memorable and satisfying whiskey experience. Indulge in the craftsmanship and heritage that have made Old Forester a beloved choice among bourbon enthusiasts for generations.

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Elijah Craig Small Batch

Elijah Craig's award-winning small-batch bourbon is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship. Aged in level 3 charred oak barrels, this bourbon develops its distinctive warm spice and subtle smoke flavors, creating a rich and nuanced drinking experience. What sets it apart is the careful selection process, with each barrel personally chosen by the Master Distillers, ensuring exceptional quality and consistency in every bottle. Whether enjoyed neat or in cocktails, this bourbon captures the essence of traditional distilling methods and showcases the artistry and dedication of Elijah Craig in creating a truly exceptional whiskey.

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Four Roses Small Batch

Four Roses Small Batch is a harmonious blend of four distinct bourbon recipes, artfully curated by the Master Distiller at Four Roses during the pinnacle of maturation. The outcome is a remarkably approachable bourbon, characterized by its smoothness and impeccable balance. Upon nosing, expect delightful aromas of winter spice, honey, and floral notes, which seamlessly transition to a palate of nuanced flavors including fruit and oak. This small-batch bourbon encapsulates the essence of Four Roses' commitment to excellence, offering a mellow and sophisticated drinking experience that is sure to delight bourbon enthusiasts and novices alike.

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Larceny Small Batch

Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon traces its lineage back to the legacy of John E. Fitzgerald and the renowned Old Fitzgerald brand. Crafted by expert Master Distillers, this bourbon is meticulously curated from select barrels situated in precise locations within the rickhouse, ensuring a consistent six-year-old taste profile. With distinct notes of caramel, honey, and fruits, Larceny stands out for its rich and enticing flavors. Notably, the distillery incorporates a higher proportion of wheat compared to similar offerings, imparting a softer, sweeter, and rounder character that elevates the overall drinking experience. Indulge in the smooth and flavorful journey of Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

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Maker's Mark Cask Strength

Maker's Mark Cask Strength is a powerhouse bourbon bottled straight from the barrel and left unfiltered for an authentic and intense flavor experience. Ranging from 108 to 114 proof, each bottle showcases the unique character of its individual barrel. Despite its high proof, this bourbon maintains the signature smoothness of Maker's Mark, with rich flavors of orange, cherry, and tobacco dominating the palate. What sets it apart is the amplified presence of vanilla and deep oak undertones, creating a robust and full-bodied whiskey that captures the essence of Maker's Mark while delivering a heightened sensory journey.

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Woodford Reserve 

Experience the timeless artistry of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, tracing its heritage back to the historic grounds of a National Historic Landmark since 1812. As the official Kentucky Derby bourbon since 1996, it stands as a testament to premium small-batch craftsmanship. What distinguishes it is the rare triple-distillation in pot stills, yielding a remarkably rich and nuanced flavor profile with over 200 discernible notes. From bready honey and vanilla aromas to a symphony of fruit, mint, nuts, and spice on the palate, every sip reveals layers of complexity. The journey culminates in a subtly sweet yet satisfyingly dry finish, capturing the essence of Kentucky's finest bourbon tradition.

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Knob Creek 9 Year

Knob Creek 9 Year Bourbon stands as a testament to the artistry of time and tradition. Aged patiently in white oak barrels, this bourbon embodies the depth and complexity that comes with maturity. The distillers' dedication to preserving full flavor results in a harmonious balance of robust oak, velvety vanilla, and layered caramel notes, reminiscent of pre-Prohibition-style bourbon. Each sip of Knob Creek 9 Year is a journey through rich flavors and a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence in bourbon craftsmanship. This bottle is a true reflection of the timeless traditions that define exceptional bourbon.

If you are still uncertain about which Bourbon is right for you and looking for more options? We have many more options under $50 available in the Taster's Club Bottle Shop.

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Embark on a bourbon journey and uncover curated hidden gems that go beyond Kentucky. Explore distilleries in the heartland of America spanning from small-batch to barrel-proof, and even exclusive batches.

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