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The 13 Best Bourbons Under $50 Ranked [2021]

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

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by Matty Sims

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 that offer the complete package. Our top pick for the $5o and under does just that, so check out our best bourbon rankings for under $50.

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The Best Bourbon Under $50 Ranked

Best Bourbons Under $50

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 Years

Weller 12 – Best Bourbons Under $50

Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $39
buffalotracedistillery.com
Weller 12 Review
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

Rare Breed - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $35.99
buffalotracedistillery.com
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled in Bond Review
Hunting Notes: Best Bourbon Under $40

#3 – Wilderness Trail Bottled in Bond Single Barrel

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel - Best Bourbons Under $50Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Wilderness Trail Distillery
Location: Dansville, KY
MSRP: $46.99
wildernesstraildistillery.com/spirits
Wilderness Trail Wheated Bourbon Review
Hunting Notes: Top Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon and Best Sweet Mash Bourbon

#4 – Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof

Rare Breed - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Wild Turkey Distillery
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
MSRP: $46.99
wildturkeybourbon.com
Hunting Notes: Best All-Around Barrel Proof Under $50

#5 – Smoke Wagon Small Batch

Smoke Wagon Small Batch - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Nevada H&C Distilling Co
Location: Las Vegas, NV
MSRP: $45
nevadadistilling.com/smoke-wagon
Smoke Wagon Small Batch Review | Buy Online
Hunting Notes:

#6 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

Knob Creek Single Barrel - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery
Location: Clermont, KY
MSRP: $41.99
knobcreek.com
Hunting Notes: Best Single Barrel Whiskey. Also, read the label carefully. Wise bourbon sages often find 15-year-old Knob Creek Single Barrels

#7 – Eagle Rare 10 Year

Eagle Rare 10 Year - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfurt, KY
MSRP: $39.99
eaglerare.com
Hunting Notes: Most Popular Bourbon Whiskey

#8 – Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

Makers Cask Strength - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Maker’s Mark Distillery
Location: Loretto, KY
MSRP: $44.99
makersmark.com
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Review
Hunting Notes: Don’t sleep on Maker’s Cask Strength

#9 – Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Readily Available
Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery
Location: Versailles, KY
MSRP: $45.99
woodfordreserve.com/whiskey/double-oaked
Hunting Notes: Look for Store Picks and Great with a Full Bodied Cigar

#10 – New Riff Bottled In Bond

New Riff - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: New Riff Distillery
Location: Newport, KY
MSRP: $44.99
newriffdistilling.com
Hunting Notes: Best Affordable Bourbon and Look for Store Picks

#11 – Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond

Henry McKenna - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $49.99
heavenhilldistillery.com
Hunting Notes: Best Reviewed Bourbon — Only Buy When Close to Retail

#12 – 1792 Full Proof

1792 Full Proof - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Allocated
Distillery: Barton Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $49.99
1792bourbon.com/full-proof
Hunting Notes: Look for a store pick

#13 – Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year

Heaven Hill 7 Years BiB - Best Bourbons Under $50
Rating: Coming Soon
Availability: Limited Distribution
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Location: Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $40
heavenhilldistillery.com
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.

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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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