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10 Best Whiskeys You Can Find for Under $50

There are plenty of whiskeys available for under $50, however, it’s not always easy to know which are worth buying — and many certainly aren’t. Here are 10 whiskeys absolutely worth buying that won’t break the bank.

Green River Bourbon

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Easily the king of value and a fresh release in 2022, this craft bourbon from one of Kentucky’s oldest and now revived brands is a hit. Green River previously was known as the OZ Tyler Distillery, and the name change couldn’t have sparked a better transition. Well-aged and priced not only sub-$50, but sub-$40 (!!) online, this bourbon is not only new but the deal of the year.

Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon

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You really can’t go wrong with Knob Creek. This 9-year bourbon offers flavors like caramel and cinnamon and retails for around $30. Knob Creek can also be purchased from most major retailers, making it easy to find.

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Bernheim 7 Year Wheat Whiskey

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Bernheim 7 Year is a wheat whiskey, a style that tends to offer a smooth, sweet and, yes, wheaty tasting experience. Bernheim not only lives up to the hype, it serves as a paragon for the wheat whiskey category. It is consistently highly rated among critics and can be found for less than $30.

This whiskey features notes of honey and caramel and, at 90 proof, does not drink very hot, which is a quality many people find appealing especially when being introduced to whiskey. This makes it an accessible pour you can serve to any guests who might not be super knowledgeable about whiskey.

Makers Mark 46

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Don’t let Maker’s Mark’s reputation of being an old person’s whiskey stop you from grabbing a bottle the next time you’re at the grocery store. Maker’s Mark 46 is a slightly higher-proof version of the original bourbon from the brand and drinks spicier and woodier than the original, despite a sweeter nose.

This whiskey had French Oak staves added to the aging process, which are said to add more flavor to the whiskey. Maker’s 46 is well-received by critics and can be purchased for around $30.

Four Roses Single Barrel

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Four Roses Single Barrel has an average Raiders score of 90 and is popular among critics and consumers alike. It is bottled at 100 proof and drinks like a top-shelf whiskey even though it can be purchased for about $40 from most major retailers.

This whiskey offers flavors like caramel, clove and maple with a spicy, floral punch.

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Wild Turkey 101 Rye

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Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey is a fan favorite, and some might even call it a cult classic. It is bottled at 101 proof just like its bourbon counterpart. Tasting notes include clove, pepper, sourdough and brown sugar.

Easily found for a hair over $20, Wild Turkey 101 is one of the best budget bottles on the market.

Rittenhouse Rye Bottled In Bond

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Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond is another outstanding bottle under $30. While this rye does drink a little hotter, it also offers notes of rye spice, vanilla and molasses.

Rittenhouse rye was named “Best North American Whisky” by Whisky Magazine, and it lives up to the hype. Thankfully, no relation to Kyle Rittenhouse here.

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Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series #6

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Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series is a combination of older stocks with young stocks from Bardstown. It rates consistently high with critics, sitting at an 89 Raider’s score and boasts flavors of honey,  pecan, cinnamon and clove.

However, it retails between $45 and $50 (and sometimes even higher), bringing it to the top end of a tight budget.

Blue Note Bourbon

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Blue Note Bourbon comes to us from Tennessee and is at least 3 years old. Bottled at 46.5% ABV, this is a young whiskey, but it shows a lot of potential.

While not super complex, this is a pleasant dram.

Evan Williams Bottled in Bond

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Evan Williams Bottled in Bond is a solid bottle that can be found for less than $20. This whiskey won gold and Consumer’s Choice SIP Award in 2019.

This whiskey is sweet across the board. It offers cinnamon, wood spice and vanilla notes with a thick, buttery mouthfeel.

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Madison Kopta is an editor at Whiskey Raiders. As a Northern California native and mom of four, Madison spends much of her time enjoying the great outdoors with her family. From camping to keeping an eagle eye out for Bigfoot, you can find Madison in nature, enjoying a glass of whiskey with her husband.