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The Best Whiskey Under $50 from Taster’s Club

Written by Emma C | Updated April 2024

Navigating the vast world of whiskey can be overwhelming at times, especially when budget considerations come into play. However, enjoying excellent whiskey doesn't have to break the bank.

That's why our experts have tasted and meticulously curated this guide to Taster’s Club's finest whiskeys under $50. In a world where prices often soar, discovering exceptional whiskey gems at affordable prices is within reach.

Whether your palate leans towards the sweetness of bourbon or the refined charm of Scotch, we have a diverse selection waiting for you in our online bottle shop. Dive in and explore the world of top-quality whiskeys without compromising on taste or budget.

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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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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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Rittenhouse Rye

Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey is a beloved spirit that captures the essence of traditional American rye whiskey with unparalleled finesse. Distilled in Kentucky, it upholds the rich heritage of rye production in the region. This award-winning whiskey boasts a mash bill featuring a high percentage of rye grain, resulting in a spicy and robust flavor profile. With notes of cinnamon, pepper, and a touch of caramel sweetness, Rittenhouse Rye offers a harmonious balance of flavors. Whether enjoyed neat, in classic cocktails like the Manhattan, or as a sophisticated sipper, Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey is a testament to timeless craftsmanship and unparalleled quality.

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Compass Box Artist Blend

Compass Box's Artist’s Blend stands as a tribute to the innovative blenders of the late 19th century, honoring their craft and ingenuity in creating exceptional Scotch whisky. This blend masterfully merges flavorful single malt whiskies with delicate single grain whiskies, producing a whisky experience that is both refreshing and delightful. Each sip of Artist’s Blend unveils a harmonious symphony of flavors, from the rich complexities of the single malts to the nuanced subtleties of the single grains. With its invigorating character and pleasurable nuances, Compass Box's Artist’s Blend embodies the artistry and creativity that defines the world of Scotch whisky.

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Jameson Black Barerl

Uncover the unparalleled richness and depth of Jameson Black Barrel, a whiskey that transcends mere sipping to become a cornerstone in classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned. Its unique double-charred barrels impart an intense flavor profile, perfect for crafting exquisite whiskey sours that tantalize the taste buds. Whether enjoyed neat, over ice, or as the star of a sophisticated cocktail, Jameson Black Barrel promises a journey of flavor exploration like no other. Elevate your whiskey experience with Jameson Black Barrel and discover a world of complexity and character in every sip.

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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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Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack

Experience the refined elegance of Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack, a distinguished whiskey that undergoes a unique double-mellowing process. This exceptional Tennessee whiskey is charcoal mellowed twice, once before aging and again before bottling, resulting in an exceptionally smooth and balanced flavor profile. Gentleman Jack offers subtle notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak, complemented by a gentle warmth that lingers on the palate. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktail, Gentleman Jack exemplifies the meticulous craftsmanship and timeless tradition of Jack Daniel's, making it a choice for those who appreciate the finer nuances of premium whiskey.

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Crown Royal Deluxe

Indulge in the exquisite smoothness and versatility of Crown Royal, a Canadian whisky celebrated for its impeccable quality. Whether enjoyed neat or mixed into a cocktail, Crown Royal brings a rich and flavorful experience to every sip. With notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak, this whisky adds depth and complexity to classic cocktails like the whiskey sour. Elevate your cocktail game with Crown Royal as the star ingredient, creating a refreshing and satisfying drink that showcases the best of this renowned spirit's flavor profile. Cheers to a delightful whiskey sour experience with Crown Royal.

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Buffalo Trace Bourbon

For over two centuries, Buffalo Trace Distillery has epitomized the art of crafting exquisite bourbon whiskey. Rooted in tradition yet embracing innovation, the brand stands at the pinnacle of spirits craftsmanship. This deep amber whiskey is meticulously distilled from a blend of fine corn, rye, and barley malt, then aged in new oak barrels within historic warehouses. Its aroma entices with hints of vanilla, mint, and molasses. On the palate, a delightful sweetness unfolds, revealing layers of brown sugar, vanilla, and spice, seamlessly transitioning into oak, toffee, dark fruit, and subtle anise. The finish is enduring, smooth, and remarkably deep, embodying the essence of Buffalo Trace's legacy.

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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.

If you are still uncertain about which Whiskey 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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