Community Favorites: Affordable Bourbons

Ever wondered which affordable bourbons your fellow Distiller users hold in the highest regard? Well, here you have it.
Mar 28, 2017
  • 10
    10 Wild Turkey Bourbon 101
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 2537 )
    Sweet & Vanilla
    Wild Turkey is known to barrel its whiskey at a lower entry-proof, meaning the product is a lower proof as it comes off the still prior to maturing. That lower entry proof lends to more flavor from the mash bill (corn, rye, and malted barley). Wild Turkey Bourbon 101 is pulled from the barrel at 109 proof before being proofed down only a touch.
  • 9
    9 Larceny Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 3347 )
    Sweet & Rich
    Larceny Small Batch is a brand extension of Heaven Hill's Old Fitzgerald line. According to their story, back in the day, John E. Fitzgerald used his privilege of holding the keys to Pappy Van Winkle's bonded warehouse, where the Old Fitzgerald bourbons were kept, to steal the best casks for himself. These became known as the "Fitzgerald Barrels." Larceny is a wheated straight bourbon made from a blend of selected barrels made in honor of this legend. It bears no-age statement and is bottled at 92 proof.
  • 8
    8 Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 414 )
    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.
  • 7
    7 Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 1172 )
    The "Old Grand-Dad" this Kentucky straight bourbon is named for is none other than Basil Hayden. Created by Basil's grandson, Colonel R.B. Hayden, this bourbon utilizes a high-rye mash bill. Sold in a variety of proofs, this is the 114 proof. Old Grand-Dad is part of "The Olds" in the Jim Beam portfolio which includes Old Overholt ryes.
  • 6
    6 Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 763 )
    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.
  • 5
    5 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon 8 Year
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 1195 )
    Full Bodied & Spicy
    This premium, small batch bourbon is produced at Barton 1792 and sits on the same land as the historic Tom Moore Distillery that opened it's doors in 1879. Aged 8 years in "Warehouse Z", this high rye bourbon is as complex as it is smooth. Note: This 8 Year bottling was changed to a No-Age Statement release in 2013.
  • 4
    4 Jim Beam Distiller's Cut
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 218 )
    Full Bodied & Rich
    This limited edition offering was personally selected by Fred Noe, Jim Beam's seventh generation master distiller. The bourbon is aged for 5-6 years in new, charred American oak, but the whiskey is non chill-filtered. This step is typically done prior to bottling and skipping it will result in a fuller taste profile. The bourbon is bottled at 100 proof. Available beginning November 2017 nationwide.
  • 3
    3 Early Times Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 294 )
    Vanilla & Sweet
    Early Times first released a bonded whiskey back in the 1940's; this is a "revival" release to be available in select US markets beginning in July 2017. This straight bourbon has a mashbill of 79% corn, 11% rye, and 10% malted barley like the standard Early Times bourbon. And, like all bottled-in-bond releases, is aged for at least four years in a bonded warehouse, is the product of one distillation season, distilled by one distiller at one distillery, and is bottled at 50% ABV.
  • 2
    2 Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 2681 )
    Sweet & Vanilla
    This Kentucky straight bourbon is selected from barrels at least 10 years old by master distillers Jimmy & Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey Distillery. This small batch bourbon is bottled at 90 proof. Jimmy & Eddie's signatures are proudly displayed on each bottle.
  • 1
    1 Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 3550 )
    Full Bodied & Rich
    Made by Heaven Hill Distillery, this Henry McKenna bottling is a Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Aged 10 years, this release is also a single barrel release with each bottle bearing both the bottling date and the barrel number. Single barrel whiskeys are unique bottlings so your mileage may vary, but you'll generally be sipping a rye-drinker's bourbon. Big, bold, spicy and a great choice for an Old Fashioned--go easy on the sugar, amp up the bitters a bit and garnish with a single orange peel.