9 Best Bourbons Under $50

You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why.

Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality; it’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.

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“Really delicious overproof bourbon. Has a great buttery, creamy texture. And you can’t find another 114-proof whiskey for $30.”—Morgan Schick, operations and creative manager at The Bon Vivants

“I think Four Roses Yellow is one of the very best values in the bourbon market: warm with corn, rye, vanilla and a touch of apple. Straightforwardly lovely on its own, it is also a daily choice for cocktails.”—David Moo, owner of Quarter Bar

“Henry McKenna 10-year-old single-barrel bonded bourbon is priced low enough to mix in cocktails yet delicious enough to sip by itself. This could be the only bourbon needed for home bars.”—Gary Patrick Crunkleton, bartender at and owner of The Crunkleton

“This is my go-to bourbon—big and spicy but the high proof works great in citrus and stirred cocktails.”—Keli Rivers, bartender at The Devil’s Acre and Whitechapel

“It’s a great product from the Willett family and a great price for a 12-year-old bourbon. It has a nice mild sweetness that’s backed up with a slight spice and woody note.”—James Bolt, beverage director and host bartender at The Gin Joint


“Classic Wild Turkey funk with gorgeous notes of leather, tobacco, dried fruits and spices galore.”—Joaquín Simó, partner and bartender at Pouring Ribbons

“Still the best value bourbon on the market. No contest.”—Ryan Maybee, co-owner of Manifesto and The Rieger and co-founder of J. Rieger & Co.

8. Willett Pot Still Reserve ($50)

“Great packaging, good juice and a great value.”—Michael J. Neff, bar director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge

9. Old Weller Antique ($45)

“Higher-proof wheated bourbon. Fruit, caramel and enough spice and tannins. If you can’t get Van Winkle, don’t worry—there’s Weller and it’s cheaper.”—Ramon Garcia, lead bartender at Alchemist Bar & Lounge

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  • jeffsbourbon.69daf3 posted 4 months ago

    Where's Jefferson's ocean?

  • AlchemistGeorge posted 5 months ago

    Where can you find Russell's Reserve 10 year for $40? The link with the article is for $49.99.

  • gtsutd1.7fc9f posted 5 months ago

    Where's Makers? Should have made the list of 10 and listed Makers. 1500 is $56/57 and 750 is what...$27?

  • gtsutd1.7fc9f posted 5 months ago

    Where's Makers?

  • agoldds.b7ea7 posted 5 months ago

    I would add Larceny, Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare to the under $50 selections.

  • rh9715yahoocom92893710 posted 5 months ago

    I find these bourbon lists really annoying and deceptive. I can see three bourbons on here that I KNOW I can't get no matter what price they are.

  • jwhistbuff44gmailcom1102642813 posted 5 months ago

    Good luck finding Weller Antique under the $50 pricepoint. It now runs $65++. Weller Reserve, however, can still be purchased at $38-$40. When you see it, buy it, because it never lingers long.

  • kroks posted 5 months ago

    Disappointed not to see Wild Turkey 101

  • vinnym11attnet466195354 posted 9 months ago

    Spot on regarding 3. HENRY MCKENNA SINGLE BARREL ($32). This is my stock, go-to Bourbon. A bit hard to find, I plan on buying a case soon so I can insure a long-term supply.

  • MrSoul51 posted 9 months ago

    Couple of my favs here, esp Four Roses Yellow. At just over $25 in my area a real good deal. Missing from your list another favorite for under $30 - Larceny.


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