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The 18 Best Bourbons Under $50 Ranked [Updated 2021]

Last updated Apr 4, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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The best bourbons under $50 list are where it gets interesting. In the under $30, there are some great mid to bottom shelf bourbon whiskeys but not many offer the complete package. Our top pick for the $50 and under does just that, so check out our best bourbon rankings for under $50.

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In the best bourbons under $30 list, we didn’t have any gold-ranked bourbon. Not so in the best bourbons under $50 ranked list. Our first up has a solid 96 points which is good for a gold medal. And although I’m still drinking through many of these to rank them, I expect many more to fall in the gold medal category.

#1 – Weller 12-Year-Old Wheated Bourbon

Weller 12-Year-Old Wheated Bourbon

Fair Price: $39
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601
Website: buffalotracedistillery.com
Review: Weller Aged 12 Years Wheated Bourbon
Hunting Notes: If you love buttery, full-bodied wheated bourbons, Weller 12 is your huckleberry. It’s often called “Poor Man’s Pappy” and is one of the smoothest bourbons you can drink neat.

#2 – Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Colonel E.H. Taylor Bourbon Small Batch
Fair Price: $35.99
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601
Website: buffalotracedistillery.com
Review: Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled in Bond
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon Under $40

#3 – Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon (OBSV Recipe)

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon (OBSV Recipe)

Fair Price: $44
Availability: Nationwide
Distillery: Four Roses Distillery
Recipe: OBSV
Address: 1224 Bonds Mill Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Website: fourrosesbourbon.com/bourbon
Review: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon (OBSV) is one of the best values on the market. It’s always on the shelf and will never let you down. Buy it now. Keep it stocked. Go down the Four Roses’ recipe rabbit hole.

Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend
  • Hardcover Book
  • Al Young (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 11/15/2010 (Publication Date) - Butler Books (Publisher)

#4 – Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

Fair Price: $46.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery
Address: 1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Website: wildturkeybourbon.com
Review: Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Best All-Around Barrel Proof Under $50

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  • Jennings, David (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 232 Pages - 12/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Mascot Books Inc (Publisher)

#5 – Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Bourbon

Eagle Rare 10YO Bourbon
Fair Price: $39.99
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Address: 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601
Website: eaglerare.com
Review: Eagle Rare 10YO Bourbon
Hunting Notes: Most Popular Bourbon Whiskey

#6 – Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon

Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon Review
Fair Price: $45
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Nevada H&C Distilling Co.
Address: 418 W Mesquite Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106
Website: nevadadistilling.com/smoke-wagon
Review: Smoke Wagon Small Batch
Buy Online: Seelbach’s
Hunting Notes:

#7 – Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel

Fair Price: $50
Availability: Limited Availability
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Address: 1064 Loretto Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: elijahcraig.com/toasted-barrel
Review: Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon

#8 – Wilderness Trail Bottled in Bond Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon

Wilderness Trail Wheated Single Barrel Bourbon
Fair Price: $46.99
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Wilderness Trail Distillery
Address: 4095 Lebanon Rd, Danville, KY 40422
Website: wildernesstraildistillery.com/spirits
Review: Wilderness Trail Wheated Bourbon Review
Buy Online: Seelbach’s
Hunting Notes: Top Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon and Best Sweet Mash Bourbon

#9 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon
Fair Price: $41.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Address: Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
Website: knobcreek.com
Review: Coming Soon
Hunting Notes: Best Single Barrel Whiskey. Also, read the label carefully. Wise bourbon sages often find 15-year-old Knob Creek Single Barrels

#10 – Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon
Fair Price: $44.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Maker’s Mark Distillery
Address: 3350 Burks Spring Rd., Loretto, KY 40037
Website: makersmark.com
Review: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
Hunting Notes: Don’t sleep on Maker’s Cask Strength

#11 – Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

Woodford Double Oaked
Fair Price: $45.99
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery
Address: 7785 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
Website: woodfordreserve.com/whiskey/double-oaked
Review: Coming Soon
Hunting Notes: Look for Store Picks and Great with a Full Bodied Cigar

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  • Beautiful gift box - 16 candies per 8 ounce box for holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, office parties, or any gifting occasion
  • Woodford Reserve Butter Crunch - Enjoy a butter crunch experience with antioxidant rich almonds, a hint of bourbon and dark chocolate pleasure.
  • Made with real cream, butter and Award-Winning Woodford Reserve Bourbon.
  • Voted "Kentucky's Best Bourbon" by Kentucky Monthly magazine, and a three times Gold Medal winner for Best Bourbon at the distinguished 2000, 2002, and 2003 World Spirits competitions
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#12 – Penelope Four Grain Bourbon

Penelope Four Grain Bourbon

Fair Price: $39
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Penelope Bourbon
Sourced: MGP Ingredients
Bottled: Castle & Key
Blend: Four Grain
Cooperage: Speyside Cooperage
Address: Basking Ridge, NJ
Website: penelopebourbon.com/your-everyday-bourbon
Review: Penelope Four Grain Bourbon
Buy Online: Seelbach’s

#13 – George Remus Bourbon

George Remus Bourbon
Fair Price: $39
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Penelope Bourbon
Sourced: MGP Ingredients
Blend: High Rye
Address: 652 Shipping St., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Website: georgeremus.com
Review: George Remus Bourbon

#14 – New Riff Bottled in Bond Bourbon

New Riff Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Fair Price: $44.99
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: New Riff Distillery
Address: 24 Distillery Way, Newport, KY 41073
Website: newriffdistilling.com
Review: Coming Soon
Hunting Notes: New Riff’s Bottled in Bond Bourbon is one of the best affordable bourbons. Plus, look for store picks. I had a barrel pick from New Riff in early 2021 that was one of the best bourbons I had tasted to start the year.

#15 – Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

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Fair Price: $49.99
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Address: 1064 Loretto Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: heavenhilldistillery.com
Review: Coming Soon
Hunting Notes: Best Reviewed Bourbon — Only Buy When Close to Retail

#16 – Barton 1792 Full Proof Straight Bourbon

Barton 1792 Full Proof Straight Bourbon

Fair Price: $49.99
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Barton 1792 Distillery
Address: 300 Barton Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: 1792bourbon.com/full-proof
Review: Coming Soon
Hunting Notes: Look for a store pick

#17 – Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 7-Year-Old Bourbon

Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year Bourbon

Fair Price: $40
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Address: 1064 Loretto Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004
Website: heavenhilldistillery.com
Review: Heaven Hill Bourbon (Coming Soon)
Hunting Notes: Some bourbon lovers are still spicy because Heaven Hill discontinued the 6 year —then added one year and tripled the price. But the bourbon is delicious. Significantly improved. They’ll come around. In the meantime, those of us in the know will keep on drinking this 7-year-old bottled in bond.

#18 – Still Austin Straight Bourbon “The Musician”

Still Austin Straight Bourbon “The Musician”

Fair Price: $45
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Address: 440 E St Elmo Rd., Unit F, Austin, TX, 78745
Website: stillaustin.com
Review: Still Austin Whiskey Co. Straight Bourbon: “The Musician”
Hunting Notes: Still Austin’s The Musician is a master class in craft whiskey making.

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  1. Rob Ritter

    Nice list! I have 6 of these currently and agree they belong on the list. My mist have list also includes the Smokewagon, WT, and Penelope.

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  2. Jesse R Schultz

    I’ve owned most of these at one point or another. I would move the double oaked up a few spots and I think you missed Jefferson Reserve Very Old Very Small. Overall…. great list

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    • Matty Sims

      I will have to check out Jefferson Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch. It’s been a while since I’ve drank their whiskey.

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