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The 24 Best Bourbons Under $100 Ranked [2021]

Last updated Jan 13, 2021 | Published on Dec 5, 2020

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by Matty Sims

The over $50 and under $100 bourbon whiskey category is where it gets interesting. There are some all-time great options available in this corner and many can be easily found. Some of my top choices include Booker’s bourbon and Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Proof (SBBP). Booker’s batches consistently knock the ball out of the park. Four Roses SBBP offers so much variety and potential for greatness. On the flip side, Buffalo Trace dominates this price range and category but their bourbons are much harder to find. Buckle up for some great bourbons under $100 ranked.

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The Best Bourbons Under $100 Ranked

Best Bourbons Under $100

Many of these bourbons are single barrel releases or bourbons that are released by batches every year, so mileage may vary, but what these best bourbons under $100 have proven is that they consistently produce gold-ranked bourbon. Another interesting fact: the majority of these are higher proof bourbons — let’s call it over 100 proof.

#1 – Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof

EHTBP - Best Bourbons Under $100Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $79.99
buffalotracedistillery.com
E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Reviews
Hunting Notes: Another big, bold high proof from Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Awards:

  • 2017 Gold Medal – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2017 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2017 Gold Medal
  • 2017 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 94 points
  • 2016 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2016 Gold Medal-Best Non-Age Statement Bourbon – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2015 Gold Medal – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 92 points

#2 – Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Proof

Four Roses SBBS - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Four Roses Distillery
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
MSRP: $79.99
fourrosesbourbon.com
Hunting Notes: Find all 10 Four Roses recipes and always look at the tier (Pro Tip: tier 4 and higher).

#3 – Booker’s Bourbon

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Location: Clermont, KY
MSRP: $99.99
bookersbourbon.com
Reviews and Rankings:

Hunting Notes: Booker’s release four batches per year, and their batches are consistently some of the best tasting bourbons readily available. I have also been lucky enough to find older batches on the shelves in GA. Look behind what’s in the front for some older release. Pro tip: 2015 was the best year in my opinion for Bookers. Every single batch that year was phenomenal, but Big Man, Little Batch 2015-01, and Center Cut 2015-03 are all-time greats.

#4 – Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot “B” 12 Year

Van Winkle Lot B - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Highly Allocated
Distillery: Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $79.99
oldripvanwinkle.com
Hunting Notes: See Old Rip above. If you have the choice between the two, I’d go for Lot B. It’s more rounded and buttery.

#5 – Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength

Old Forrester SBBS - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Old Forester Distilling Co.
Location: Louisville, KY
MSRP: $79.99
oldforester.com
Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Review
Hunting Notes: The OFSBBS hit shelves in 2020, and it caused no small stir.

#6 – Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year

Old Rip Van Winkle - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Highly Allocated
Distillery: Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $69.99
oldripvanwinkle.com
Hunting Notes: Bourbon OGs may be laughing but for this list to be consistent I’m sticking with MSRP for the pricing. You will be hard-pressed to find this at retail without a little luck or spending a ton of money through the year at a single store. But it’s well worth the price if you can find it.

#7 – Wilderness Trail 6-Year-Old

Wilderness Trail 6 - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Wilderness Trail Distillery
Location: Dansville, KY
MSRP: $79.99
wildernesstraildistillery.com/spirits
Wilderness Trail 6-Year-Old Review | Buy
Hunting Notes: Best Aged Sweet Mash Bourbon Whiskey

#8 – Weller Antique 107

OWA - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $50
buffalotracedistillery.com
Weller Antique Review
Hunting Notes: This wheated bourbon is rarely disparaged and met with near-universal love. It’s a flagship wheated bourbon for one of the most popular bourbon brands. Fill your shelves if you get the chance. Hunt in GA, TX, and OH.

#9 – Weller Full Proof

Weller Full Proof - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $49.99
buffalotracedistillery.com
Weller Full Proof Review
Hunting Notes: I’m seeing Weller Full Proof a-plenty in GA along with lots of store picks.

#10 – Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Nevada H&C Distilling Co
Location: Las Vegas, NV
MSRP: $69.99
nevadadistilling.com
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Review
Hunting Notes: I can’t recommend this uncut unfiltered bourbon enough especially at this price point.

#11 – Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof

Stagg Jr - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $59.99
buffalotracedistillery.com
Stagg Jr. Reviewed
Hunting Notes: This bourbon is traditional with high proofs (130+), big bold flavors, and a lot of upsides with every batch.
Awards:

  • 2020 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – New York World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Whiskies of the World
  • 2019 Bronze Medal – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – American Whiskey Masters
  • 2019 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2019 Double Gold Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition

#12 – Larceny Barrel Proof

Larceny Barrel Proof - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $54.99
larcenybourbon.com
Reviews:

Hunting Notes: This 2020 newcomer is one of the best bourbons to drink neat. It’s a full-bodied wheated bourbon that won’t disappoint.

#13 – Maker’s Mark Private Select

MMPS - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Maker’s Mark Distillery
Location: Loretto, KY
MSRP: $69.99
makersmark.com/makers-mark-private-selection
Hunting Notes: Each Maker’s Mark Private Select is different because different finishing staves are used. Find a stave combination you like and look for those. I love the Roasted French Mocha.

#14 – Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel

EHT Single Barrel - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $79.99
buffalotracedistillery.com
Hunting Notes: 2020 saw the restart of store picks for Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrels and the bourbon geeks said, “Amen.”

#15 – Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky

Old Fo 1910 - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Old Forester Distilling Co.
Location: Louisville, KY
MSRP: $54.99
oldforester.com
Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky Review
Hunting Notes: Old Forester 1910 is a double-barreled bourbon with smoothness and richness that’s ideal for sipping and pairs great with a full-bodied cigar.

#16 – Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style

Old Fo 1920 - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Old Forester Distilling Co.
Location: Louisville, KY
MSRP: $60
oldforester.com
Hunting Notes: Old Fo’s 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon is a not-so-secret barrel proof favorite among bourbonphiles in the know.

#17 – Barrell Bourbon

Barrell Bourbon - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Barrell Crafts Spirits
Location: Louisville, KY
MSRP: $90
barrellbourbon.com
Reviews

Hunting Notes: Barrell Bourbon never releases the same batch twice so your mileage may vary. But they consistently put out well craft blends of uncut unfiltered barrel proof bourbon. I highly recommend checking out their Dovetail and New Year bourbon releases as well.

#18 – Four Roses Small Batch Select

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Four Roses Distillery
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
MSRP: $59.99
fourrosesbourbon.com
Hunting Notes: This bourbon is only 104 proof with complex and easily definable flavors without palate fatigue or burnout. One of the best values for the price.

#19 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

ECBP - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $69.99
elijahcraig.com/barrel-proof
Hunting Notes: Regularly a top-rated bourbon and target for proof whores.

#20 – Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey

Uncle Nearest 1856 - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Nearest Green Distillery
Location: Shelbyville, TN
MSRP: $69.99
unclenearest.com
Hunting Notes: It’s going to sound cliche, but it’s one of the smoothest whiskeys at 100 proof.

#21 – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof

Jack Daniels SBBP - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jack Daniel Distillery
Location: Lynchburg, TN
MSRP: $75.99
jackdaniels.com
Hunting Notes: Yes Jack Daniels is bourbon, and, yes, their barrel proof is delicious. Get over it.

#22 – Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve

BMCS - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
Location: Nashville, TN
MSRP: $60
bellemeadebourbon.com/reserve
Hunting Notes: This is a punch you in the face full proof bourbon. Rumor has it that Greenbrier Distillery is discontinuing this cask strength so buy them while you can.

#23 – Blanton’s Original Single Barrel

ECBP - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $69.99
blantonsbourbon.com
Hunting Notes: Blanton’s is often the newbie bourbon lover’s unicorn, and the bourbon some people love to hate. The truth? Somewhere in between. Well worth the price at close to retail.

#24 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel

Russells Reserve - Best Bourbons Under $100

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
MSRP: $65.99
wildturkeybourbon.com
Hunting Notes: Russell’s Reserve is like a hitter than can go yard on any at-bat. Any given single barrel pick has the potential to be a home run. A great barrel can be better than just about anything.

These are the best bourbons between $50 and $100. Cheers. Start shopping for bourbon clothing and accessories for your journey. The Bard’s Shop has custom tees and hoodies, books, barrels, and more.

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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