Best Bourbon Under $30

Contrary to popular belief bourbon doesn’t need to be made in Bourbon County, Kentucky. In fact, my favorite bourbon of the moment is produced just outside Austin, Texas. Any whiskey can be called a “bourbon” if it meets the following criteria:

  • Produced in the United States
  • Made from a mixture of grains that is at least 51% corn
  • Aged in new production charred oak barrels

Surprisingly, there is no aging requirement to be called a “bourbon.” However, the designation “Straight Bourbon” means that the alcohol has been aged in the barrel for a minimum of two years.

This list catalogs all of the whiskey from this region that we have reviewed so far, ordered by rating and price.


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Four Roses - Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4.5) -
$28.99

Buffalo Trace - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30

W.L. Weller - Special Reserve

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30

Jack Daniels - Bonded Tennessee Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Tennessee

Rating:(4) -
$29.99

Redemption - High Rye Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(4) -
$25.99

Devils River - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$24.99

Jim Beam - Old Tub

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$20.99

Alamo Distilling Co - Alamo Bourbon Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$20.49

Old Forester - 86 Proof

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$19

Jim Beam - Devil's Cut

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$18.99

Jim Beam - Double Oak

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$18.99

Evan Williams - White Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$16.99

J.T.S. Brown - Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$15.99

Evan Williams - 1783 Small Batch

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$13.99

Evan Williams - Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$12

Catskill Distilling Co - The Most Righteous Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(3) -
$29.99

Agitator - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, California

Rating:(3) -
$29.99

Bulleit - Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$27.99

Copper Still - Single Barrel Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Indiana

Rating:(3) -
$26.99

1876 - Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$26.99

Makers Mark - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Evan Williams - Single Barrel Vintage

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Treaty Oak - Day Drinker Texas Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$22

Old Forester - 100 Proof

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$21.99

Early Times - Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(3) -
$20.49

First Call - Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$18.99

Jim Beam - Black

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$18.49

Old Grand-Dad - 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$16

Old Fitzgerald - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$15.99

Oak Cliff - Texas Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$15.49

J.W. Dant - Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$13.11

J.T.S. Brown - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$13

Ezra Brooks - Kentucky Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$11.99

Larceny - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Author: Dan Trares
Total Results: 34