Top 10 Bourbon Buys Under $75
If you’re a bourbon enthusiast, you know too well that it can be easy to get a little carried away with the spending. Finding great whiskey for a good price is key. We put together this list of the top 10 bourbons to find for under $75 to help bourbon veterans and novices alike find some great bottles without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for a gift for the bourbon lover in your life or just want to try something new, we’ve got something for you.
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve impresses with its age statement (nine years), proof (120) and price tag. The Beam Suntory-produced Knob Creek is a reliable distillery that continues to impress with its releases. This complex dram features a decadent nose with a thick, chocolatey palate. It has some heat, which is to be expected from a 60%-ABV pour, but the ethanol isn’t too punishing.
Buy Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve for $55 on ReserveBar.
Driftless Glen is a relatively unheralded gem of a distillery located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Distilled and matured entirely on the Driftless Glen campus, this bourbon aged in standard barrels and bottled at 48% ABV — a nice spot for a bourbon. The expression has moderate viscosity on the palate, with notes of brown butter, toffee, a big hit of honey and peppercorns, with a nice oakiness in the background.
Buy Driftless Glen Bourbon for $47 on Seelbachs.
A blend of distilled In Kentucky (Bardstown Bourbon Company), Tennessee (Undisclosed) and New York State (Finger Lakes Distilling), Pursuit United is the brainchild of Pursuit Spirits’ Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil. Pursuit United features a medium mouthfeel, vanilla, toasted marshmallow and some mild fruitiness on the palate. The finish is medium to long and sweet with pepper, oak and orange peel. Pursuit United can be found for between $60 and $75, a great value for a bourbon of this quality.
Buy Pursuit United Bourbon for $65 on Seelbachs.
This craft bourbon comes courtesy of a group of distillers who know what they’re doing. New Riff prioritizes sound fermentation and the practice of keeping barrels until they are ready. Despite being only 4 years old, this bourbon has a good deal of oak for its age and has a good strength of 50% ABV A good showing from New Riff, this is complex for its youth and shows great promise.
Buy New Riff Bottled in Bond Bourbon for $40 on Seelbachs.
Elijah Craig won’t blow an experienced bourbon drinker out of the water, but it’s a simple and enjoyable crowd-pleaser. This bourbon is a little too dry and oaky, but for the price, it’s a solid pick.
Buy Elijah Craig Small Batch for $34 on ReserveBar.
Distilled at MGP and bottled by Penelope Bourbon, Batch 6 is the best yet of Penelope’s barrel strength line. Penelope Barrel Strength is growing nicely, and the introduction of more tannin to Batch 6 really helped. This batch featured perhaps a bit more fruit than its predecessor, including a new banana note. This is one of the pricier bottles on the list, but it’s worth the cost. It drinks exceedingly well and has no sign of ethanol despite a 57.9% ABV.
Buy Penelope Barrel Strength Batch 6 for $72 on ReserveBar.
A classic bourbon, this is a go-to for many and has a cultlike following. This is a solid product with a lot going for it. Add in the very reasonable price, and you’ve got a winner. This won’t blow your mind, but you can’t go wrong here, especially with its low price. Buffalo Trace’s standard bourbon is bottled at 45% ABV. The palate is surprisingly complex and well-blended, with vanilla and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it coats nicely, and all of the flavors are there.
Find Buffalo Trace anywhere for about $25-$35, or a bottle plus a pair of rocks glasses for $81 on ReserveBar.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon is a blend of 6, 8, and 12 year old small-batch bourbons. Rare Breed is consistently very good, featuring clove, allspice and sweet musty caramel on the nose; heat, pepper and spice on the palate with a thin mouthfeel; and a medium finish mild heat and astringency, dominated by brown sugar.
Buy Wild Turkey Rare Breed for $55 on ReserveBar.
Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Fusion is made of Bardstown’s own 3-year stock 75/21/4 mash bill (56%), its own 3-year 75/15/10 stock (14%) and 11-year Kentucky distillate from an undisclosed distillery (30%). Set to mix older, existing stocks from legacy distilleries and new, younger stocks from Bardstown Bourbon Company, the whiskey is truly a fusion in every sense of the word. Bottled at 49% ABV, Fusion #6 is a deliciously easy sipper that’s handily following in the Discovery bottling’s steps. The palate features lots of honey, sweet pecan, cinnamon, clove and light oak. It finishes short, sweet and silky.
Buy Fusion #6 for $69 on Seelbachs.
Chattanooga 111 is far from a bottom-shelf bourbon, but it’s much better than a lot of much pricier options out there. Chattanooga 111 is a 55.5%-ABV barrel-strength release from Chattanooga Whiskey in Tennessee. Aged at least 2 years, this malt-heavy whiskey is very good. There’s a ton going on with great structure and presentation despite the youth. The nose features cocoa, fresh-baked cake, orange peel, spice drops and toffee, with excellent oak. The palate has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of heat. There’s a far richer oak structure than a bourbon this age has any right to have. The palate also features sweet cream, cocoa, praline, orange marmalade and pepper. The finish is medium in length with lots of toffee, honey, orange peel, some cocoa. This is a very impressive expression.
Buy Chattanooga 111 for $49 on Seelbachs.
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