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The 14 Best Bourbons Under $30 Ranked [2021]: Best Bourbons for Beginners

Dec 4, 2020

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by Matty Sims

Bourbon is America’s native spirit — that fact isn’t up for debate. It was enshrined in law by Congress in 1964. Its popularity is booming and it doesn’t seem like there’s anything that can slow it down. That means a lot of the best bourbons under $30 are easily accessible and delicious.

According to Kentucky’s Distiller Associate, here are some interesting bourbon facts:

  • Bourbon is an $8.6 billion signature industry in Kentucky, generating 20,100 jobs with an annual payroll of $1 billion.
  • Kentucky is on pace for record growth by 2020 – more than 24,000 people will owe their paychecks to the distilling industry for a total payroll of $1.2 billion annually and $10 billion in economic output.
  • Kentucky’s iconic Bourbon distilleries filled a whopping 1.7 million barrels of amber nectar last year, the highest it’s been since 1972.
  • With 4.3 million people, there are now almost two barrels for every person living in Kentucky.

Now that’s a lot of bourbon, so the next question is: What’s are the best bourbons ranked for your budget? That’s the rub. More bourbon (made in KY or elsewhere) is good for bourbon drinkers and aficionados, but we need a guide to help us choose the best bourbon for the money. That’s where we come in with our complete list of good bourbons under $30.

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The Best Bourbons Under $30 Ranked

Best Bourbons Under $30

I love the thrill of the hunt and the premium bourbons as much as anyone, but a theme I’ve heard in bourbon groups and among bourbon aficionados is bourbon burn out. Many people are returning to some of the best bourbons under $30 and are reminded of just how good they are. Flat out — these are some of the best sipping bourbons out there. Show them some love and don’t always buy into the hype of price equals value.

These are the best bourbons for beginners (and honestly anyone looking to enjoy good bourbon at an affordable price). Most of these bourbons can be found with no effort and will introduce you to the range of flavors that bourbon affords. They can also serve as the gateway to distilleries where you can then explore other whiskeys in that distillery’s portfolio with relative confidence of the flavor profile. Start your engines. These are the top bourbons under $30.

#1 – Early Times Bottled in Bond

Early Times Bottled in Bond

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $23.99 ( 1 Liter)
earlytimesbottledinbond.com
Early Times Bottled in Bond Review
Hunting Notes: Best Value Bourbon. Early Times was just purchased by Buffalo Trace. Previously it was being distilled and aged by Brown-Forman.

#2 – Buffalo Trace Small Batch

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Availability: Allocated (Depending on Your State)
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $23.99
buffalotracedistillery.com
Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review
Hunting Notes: Best Small Batch Bourbon

#3 – Weller Special Reserve

Availability: Allocated (Depending on Your State)
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $20
buffalotracedistillery.com
Weller Special Reserve Review
Hunting Notes: Best Budget Bourbon

#4 – Four Roses Small Batch

Four Roses Small Batch
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Four Roses Distillery
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
MSRP: $29.99
fourrosesbourbon.com/bourbon/small-batch
Hunting Notes: Good Sipping Bourbon

#5 – Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
MSRP: $19.99
wildturkeybourbon.com
Wild Turkey 101 Reviewed (70s, 80s, 90s, and Current)
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon for the Money

#6 – Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack - Best Bourbons Under $30

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Location: Lynchburg, TN
MSRP: $23.99
jackdaniels.com
Gentleman Jack Review
Hunting Notes: Pronounced Flavors with an Unparalleled Smoothness

#7 – Old Grand-Dad Bonded

Early Times Bottled in Bond

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Location: Clermont, KY
MSRP: $19.99 (1 Liter)
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon Under $20

#8 – Elijah Craig Small Batch

Elijah Craig Small Batch

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $29.99
elijahcraig.com/small-batch
Elijah Craig Small Batch Review
Hunting Notes: Best Whiskeys Under $30

#9 – Coopers’ Craft

Coopers Craft - Best Bourbons Under $30

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Brown-Forman Distillery
Location: Louisville, KY
MSRP: $23.99
cooperscraft.com
Coopers’ Craft Review
Hunting Notes: Fruit forward and a uniquely hot weather sipper

#10 – Maker’s Mark Small Batch

Maker's Mark Bourbon
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Maker’s Mark Distillery
Location: Loretto, KY
MSRP: $23.99
makersmark.com
Maker’s Mark Bourbon Review
Hunting Notes: The ultimate smooth bourbon whiskey and the one a lot of people start off drinking.

#11 – Evan Williams Bottled in Bond

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Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $13.99
evanwilliams.com/bottled-in-bond-bourbon
Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Review
Hunting Notes: Good Affordable Bourbon

#12 – Evan Williams Single Barrel

Weller Special Reserve (WSR)
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Louisville, KY
MSRP: $23.99
heavenhilldistillery.com
Evan Williams Single Barrel Review
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon for the Price

#13 – Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged

Jim Beam Extra-Aged - Best Bourbons Under $30

Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Location: Clermont, KY
MSRP: $25.99
jimbeam.com
Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Review
Hunting Notes: Smooth Bourbon Whiskey

#14 – J.T.S. Brown Bottled in Bond

JTS Brown Bourbon

Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $12.99
heavenhilldistillery.com
Hunting Notes: Best Cheap Bourbon

Thank you for checking out our best starter bourbons ranked. 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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