Best Bourbon Under $20

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.

Old Forester - 86 Proof

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$19

Jim Beam - Double Oak

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$18.99

Evan Williams - White Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$16.99

Evan Williams - Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$12

Jim Beam - Black

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$18.49

Old Grand-Dad - 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$16

Oak Cliff - Texas Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

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$15.49

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

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$13

Ezra Brooks - Kentucky Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$11.99

Two Stars - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$19.99

Luxco - Rebel Yell

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$18

Jim Beam - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$16.49

Hayes Parker - Reserve Original Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, South Carolina

Rating:(2) -
$10.99

Old Crow - Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$14.49

McAfee - Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whis

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$14

Barton Brands - Colonel Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(0) -
$8.99