Best Bourbon Under $40

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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Eagle Rare - 10 Year Aged Garfield's Barrel Select Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(5) -
$39.99

Four Roses - Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4.5) -
$28.99

Kooper Family - Sweetheart of the Rodeo Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$39.99

Still The One - 914 Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(4) -
$39.99

Watershed Distillery - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(4) -
$39.99

Old Forester - 1870 Original Batch

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$37.99

Legent - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$36

Woodford Reserve - Distillers Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$33.99

Iron Wolf - Select Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$33.99

Makers Mark - 46

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30.99

W.L. Weller - Special Reserve

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30

Buffalo Trace - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30

Jack Daniels - Bonded Tennessee Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Tennessee

Rating:(4) -
$29.99

Larceny - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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

Michter's - US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$40

Bulleit - 10 Year Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$39.99

Black Ridge - Port Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$39.99

Key West Trading Co. - Smugglers Choice Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Florida

Rating:(3) -
$39.99

Towpath Distillery - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(3) -
$39.99

Witherspoon - Texas Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$38.92

Woodinville - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Washington

Rating:(3) -
$38.49

High West Distillery - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Utah

Rating:(3) -
$36.42

Wild Turkey - Longbranch

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$35.99

Belle Meade - Sour Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$34.99

Basil Hayden's - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$32.99

Lockwood Distilling Co - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$32.49

Chattanooga Whiskey - 91

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Tennessee

Rating:(3) -
$31.49

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

Evan Williams - Single Barrel Vintage

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Makers Mark - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight 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
Total Results: 56