Affordable Bourbons For The Fall Season

Fall is here, so it's bourbon season! Some of these are new to the market, some of them have been around for a while, but they're all solid, and more importantly, affordable options!
Sep 21, 2016
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    10 Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon
    88
    Rich & Spicy
    The name Old Forester was allegedly chosen in honor of a doctor named Forrester, who regularly prescribed the bourbon to his patients at a time when it was still sold in pharmacies "for medicinal purposes." However, the signature for which this bourbon gets its name and which is displayed on each bottle, is the founder of the brand, George Garvin Brown. This is made in both 86 and 100 proof versions.
  • 9
    9 Old Fitzgerald 12 Year
    88
    Vanilla & Rich
    Old Fitzgerald Bourbon was first introduced in the late 1800s, and was eventually produced by the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Shively, KY. During the “horse trading” decade of the 1990’s, Diageo purchased the S-W Distillery, thus taking over the Old Fitzgerald brand. Later in the 90′s, the Old Fitz brand was again sold, this time to Heaven Hill along with the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, KY, which is now the current home to the production of this well-known 12-year wheated bourbon. Old Fitzgerald still follows a wheated recipe made famous at the now shuttered S-W Distillery.
  • 8
    8 New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon Bottled In Bond
    89
    Full Bodied & Spicy
    This release marks the first batch of distillery-made bourbon from New Riff Distilling. Opened in 2014, the distillery patiently waited for this spirit to reach four years of age. This non chill-filtered, bottled-in-bond release is made from a mash bill of three non-GMO grains including 65% corn, 30% rye and 5% malted barley. Available at the distillery starting August 1, 2018, with wide distribution in Kentucky, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Indiana coming Sept 2018.
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    7 Legent Bourbon
    90
    Rich & Vanilla
    Legent Bourbon is a collaboration between the two halves of Beam Suntory. It's a Kentucky bourbon, made by Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe, that includes three components. The first is the bourbon itself, matured for approximately five years, along with parcels finished in California red wine casks (for approximately one extra year) and sherry casks (for approximately two extra years). The whiskeys were blended by Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo. The first new standalone bourbon brand to come from the company in 27 years, Legent debuted March 2019 as a permanent member of the portfolio.
  • 6
    6 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon
    90
    Sweet & Rich
    1792 Single Barrel Bourbon is the third limited edition bottling released by the brand. Select barrels of this high-rye straight Kentucky bourbon are chosen from the brand's Bardstown, Kentucky rickhouses.
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    5 Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon
    90
    Rich & Vanilla
    One of the early players in the premium bourbon space with their Small Batch collection, Jim Beam Single Barrel gives classic Jim Beam the specialty twist. Being a single barrel bottling, it might vary slightly from one batch to the next. It is bottled at 95 proof to commemorate the first barrel of Jim Beam made in 1795.
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    4 Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon
    90
    Vanilla & Floral
    "Bottled in Bond" used to be a code for "the good stuff." Bonded whiskey is subject to regulation and production rules above and beyond those that normally govern the production of whiskey. Aged at least four years, with a higher proof, and in strictly controlled warehouses, this bottle is a return to a classic expression of whiskey.
  • 3
    3 Maker's Mark 46
    90
    Vanilla & Spicy
    Launched in 2010, Maker's Mark 46 is made by taking fully matured Maker's Mark Bourbon at cask strength and inserting specially seared French oak staves into the barrels. The bourbon finishes aging for a few months before bottling. The French oak staves selected from the Independent Stave Company, Maker's Mark long time cooperage, were named "Stave Profile No. 46." This is the first brand extension from the distillery since it started production in 1953 and is the first in its Wood Finishing Series.
  • 2
    2 David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon
    91
    Rich
    The David Nicholson brand traces its roots to St. Louis store owner David Nicholson, who sold his "43" recipe in 1843. This Reserve label is a new introduction with a high-rye mashbill, bottled at 100-proof.
  • 1
    1 I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon
    94
    Rich & Full Bodied
    I.W. Harper is a brand that has existed since the 1870s, founded by Isaac Wolf and Bernard Bernheim. The name of their distillery is Bernheim, but the name "Harper" actually comes from the owner of a Kentucky Derby horse the brothers took a liking to. Though Bernheim has continuously operated since it first opened in some capacity, even during Prohibition when it made "prescription" whiskey, and in the 70s and 80s, the brand was allocated to the Asian market till now. This straight bourbon is a blend of whiskeys aged between 4 and 20 years at the Stitzel-Weller warehouse, with a mash bill of 73% corn, 18% rye and 9% malted barley.