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The 16 Best Bourbons Under $30 Ranked [Updated 2021]

Last updated Mar 13, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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Many people are returning to the best bourbons under $30 and are reminded of just how good they are. 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 burnout.  Flat out — these under $30 bourbons are some of the best sipping bourbons. Show them some love and don’t always buy into the hype of price equals value.

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 Ranked

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 Bourbon Bottled in Bond

Early Times Bourbon Bottled in Bond

Fair Price:$23.99 ( 1 Liter)
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601
Website: earlytimesbottledinbond.com
Review: Early Times Bottled in Bond
Hunting Notes: Best Value Bourbon. Early Times was just purchased by Buffalo Trace. Previously it was being distilled and aged by Brown-Forman.

#2 – Weller Special Reserve Wheated Bourbon

Weller Special Reserve Wheated Bourbon

Fair Price: $20
Availability: Allocated (Depending on Your State)
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601
Website: buffalotracedistillery.com
Review: Weller Special Reserve
Hunting Notes: Best Budget Bourbon

#3 – Buffalo Trace Small Batch Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Small Batch Bourbon

Fair Price: $23.99
Availability: Allocated (Depending on Your State)
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601
Website: buffalotracedistillery.com
Review: Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Best Small Batch Bourbon

#4 – Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Fair Price: $29.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: 1224 Bonds Mill RoadLawrenceburg, KY 40342
Address: Lawrenceburg, KY
Website: fourrosesbourbon.com/bourbon/small-batch
Review: Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Good Sipping Bourbon

#5 – Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

Fair Price: $19.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: 1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Address: Lawrenceburg, KY
Website: wildturkeybourbon.com
Review: Wild Turkey 101 Reviewed (70s, 80s, 90s, and Current)
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon for the Money

#6 – Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

Fair Price: $23.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Address: 133 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352
Website: jackdaniels.com
Review: Gentleman Jack
Hunting Notes: Pronounced Flavors with an Unparalleled Smoothness

#7 – Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon

Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon

Fair Price: $19.99 (1 Liter)
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Address: 568 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
Review: Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon Under $20

#8 – Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Bourbon

Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Bourbon

Fair Price: $29.99
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: B.R. Distilling Co.
Address: 802 Royal Ave, Memphis, TN 38107
Website: bluenotebourbon.com/juke-joint-whiskey
Review: Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Review

#9 – Old Tub Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Old Tub Bottled in Bond

Fair Price: $22.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Address: 568 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
Website: jimbeam.com
Review: Old Tub Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Smooth Bourbon Whiskey

#10 – Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon

Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon

Fair Price: $25
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Address: 568 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
Review: Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Old Grand-Dad Bonded is sweeter, whereas OGD 114 was more baking spice and oak. Choose accordingly.

#11 – Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

Fair Price: $29.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Address: 1064 Loretto Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: elijahcraig.com/small-batch
Review: Elijah Craig Small Batch
Hunting Notes: Best Whiskeys Under $30

#12 – Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Fair Price: $23.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Brown-Forman Distillery
Address: 402 Maclean Ave., Louisville, KY 40209
Website: cooperscraft.com
Review: Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Fruit forward and a uniquely hot weather sipper

#13 – Maker’s Mark Small Batch Bourbon

Maker’s Mark Small Batch Bourbon

Fair Price: $23.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Maker’s Mark Distillery
Address: 3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY 40037
Website: makersmark.com
Review: Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Hunting Notes: The ultimate smooth bourbon whiskey and the one a lot of people start off drinking.

#14 – Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Fair Price: $13.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Address: 1064 Loretto Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: evanwilliams.com/bottled-in-bond-bourbon
Review: Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Good Affordable Bourbon

#15 – Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon

Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon

Fair Price: $23.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Address: 1064 Loretto Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: evanwilliams.com/single-barrel
Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon for the Price

#16 – J.T.S. Brown Bottled in Bond Bourbon

J.T.S. Brown Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Fair Price: $12.99
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Address: 1064 Loretto Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: heavenhilldistillery.com
Hunting Notes: Best Cheap Bourbon

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Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys.
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8 Comments

  1. Jc steenbergen

    Love these. Definitely going to deep dive so I can better understand flavoring! Cheers!

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    • Jesse R Schultz

      It’s scary how many of these are getting hard to find. You may have missed the Ancient Ancient Aged 10 on this list but a solid place for beginners to start.

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      • Matty Sims

        Good recommendation.

  2. Rob Ritter

    This list confirms a lot of my favorites and current must haves. I got to try that Blue Note line!

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    • Matty Sims

      I’m a huge fan of what Blue Note is doing

      Reply

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