The best bourbon whiskeys: the price-performance winners

The best bourbon whiskeys: the price-performance winners

Do you love bourbon and want to enjoy premium whiskeys without straining your wallet unnecessarily? Or maybe you’re even a newbie to bourbon who wants to dip your toes into the world of this rich, complex spirit without diving right into the depths of high-priced bourbons? Then we have just the thing for you! We present you with a list of the world’s best bourbons at fair prices – a selection that combines quality and affordability, proving that a great bourbon doesn’t always have to be expensive to be memorable.

Curious now? You should too! We’ll show you a range of bourbons that are fantastic value for money. From time-honored distilleries steeped in tradition to innovative newcomers shaking up the bourbon scene. Below, we’ll introduce you to each bottle and explain why it made the list: Taste, pleasure and that certain something that sets them apart. So, pour yourself a sip, get comfortable, and discover the wonderful world of affordable, but high-quality bourbon.

Bulleit Straight Bourbon Frontier Whiskey

Bulleit Straight Bourbon Frontier Whiskey

We start with the highlight of the show, Bulleit Straight Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. This comes from the famous Bulleit Distilling Co. and has a unique and intense character. The reason? Its high rye content compared to other bourbons gives it a certain spiciness, but also some sweetness and a certain oakiness. You can enjoy it on ice or as part of a cocktail. And it is very inexpensive.

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Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (1 x 0.7 l)

Next, we head to the Buffalo Trace, a tribute to the majestic bison that once roamed throughout North America. Produced by the storied Buffalo Trace Distillery, this whiskey is known for its rich, complex and particularly smooth profile. With each sip, you embark on a journey through a multi-layered landscape of flavors – from savory cereal aromas to subtle spice notes to hints of toffee and caramel.

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Knob Creek Small Batch

Knob Creek Rye Small Batch Whiskey 700ml 50% vol.

The journey continues with Knob Creek Small Batch, a bourbon from the famous Jim Beam distillery. The interesting thing about it is that it matures much longer than a conventional bourbon – nine years, to be exact. The long aging period gives it deep, rich flavors of vanilla and American oak, mixed with caramel and nutty notes. The result? A full-bodied, bold bourbon that packs a punch but won’t break your budget.

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Elijah Craig 12 Year Old

Elijah Craig K. S.bourbon W.years 12 Old Cl 70

Next, we’ll take a look at the Elijah Craig 12 Year Old. It owes its name to the Reverend, who supposedly invented the aging of whiskey in charred oak barrels. It comes from the Heaven Hill Distillery. Its additional aging gives you a smooth, rich bourbon that boasts deep vanilla and caramel notes. Proof that good things, especially bourbon, take time.

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Maker’s Mark 46

Maker's Mark 46 | Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky | 47 % vol | 700 ml Einzelflasche

Produced by Maker’s Mark Distillery, Maker’s Mark 46 is truly something special. Unlike its brother, the original Maker’s Mark, the “46” is allowed to age a little longer in special barrels of seared French oak. This gives it a fascinating composition of sweet caramel and spicy notes, as well as a touch of toasted oak. A bourbon that plays by its own rules – and a bottle that promises a special experience without breaking the bank.

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George Dickel Barrel Select

George Dickel Barrel Select

Once in Tennessee, the George Dickel Barrel Select awaits us. Yes, it is a Tennessee whiskey, but don’t let its label fool you. Produced in the same style as a bourbon, it is the work of Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. The whiskey is hand-selected and offers a harmonious balance of flavors including maple syrup, spice and oak. A high quality whiskey at an unbeatable price.

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Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses Single Barrel (1 x 0.7 l)

Next up is Four Roses Single Barrel, a specialty of Four Roses Distillery. Single barrel bourbon means that each bottle comes from exactly one barrel, not a blend of several barrels. This makes each bottle a unique taste experience. Expect bold fruit flavors, hints of cloves and cocoa, backed by a bed of sweet oak. Like a symphony on the tongue, and the price? Surprisingly cheap.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon Whiskey (1 x 0,7 l)

Back at Heaven Hill Distillery, the Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage awaits us. Each bottle bears the date the bourbon was bottled into the barrel, along with the year the bottle was bottled and the unique number of each barrel – a testament to the distillery’s craftsmanship. This produces an amber bourbon with notes of sweet wood, vanilla and caramel and a long, lingering finish. An example of exceptional quality without the exorbitant price.

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Angel’s Envy Port Wine Barrel Finish

ANGEL’S ENVY Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, in Portweinfässern nachgereift, Noten von Vanille und gerösteten Nüssen, 43,3 Vol.-%, 70 cl / 700 ml

The Angel’s Envy Port Wine Barrel Finish is the penultimate bourbon on our list and a truly heavenly experience. This Louisville Distilling Co. proprietary creation takes bourbon aging to a new level by aging it in port wine barrels. The additional aging adds a unique complexity by melding the sweetness of port with traditional bourbon notes such as caramel and vanilla. A heavenly pleasure that you can experience even without wings or halo.

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Heaven Hill Distilleries 7 Year Old

The best bourbon whiskeys: the price-performance winners

We conclude our list with the 7 Year Old from Heaven Hill Distilleries. This bourbon is another gem from Heaven Hill and features a combination of maturity, quality and price. The seven-year aging gives it a special depth of flavor, which is otherwise due to more expensive bourbons. Expect a rich, powerful profile with notes of wood, caramel and spice complemented by a sweet, smooth finish. This bourbon proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to taste a dreamy drop.

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Bottoms Up: Discover the best bourbons in the world at a fair price

So that was it – our guide to the best and cheapest bourbons in the world. When it comes to bourbon, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get great taste. These bottles offer both bourbon connoisseurs and newcomers an affordable glimpse into the rich, diverse world of bourbon flavors. After all, bourbon is a democratic spirit and good taste doesn’t always have to come with a high price tag.

And remember, while the prices of these bourbons remained relatively stable, their quality continued to rise. A testament to the passion of distilleries that continue to strive for excellence without overcharging their customers. So when you’re shopping for spirits again, don’t reach for the most expensive bottles right away. Rather, opt for one of these inexpensive bourbons; your palate and wallet will thank you.

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