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.

Evan Williams - Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$12

Evan Williams - White Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$16.99

Jim Beam - Double Oak

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$18.99

Old Forester - 86 Proof

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$19

Alamo Distilling Co - Alamo Bourbon Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$20.49

Devils River Distillery - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$24.99

Redemption - High Rye Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(4) -
$25.99

Buffalo Trace - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$30

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

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

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$13

Old Grand-Dad - 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Jim Beam - Black

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$18.49

Makers Mark - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Evan Williams - Single Barrel Vintage

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Bulleit - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(3) -
$27.99

Jim Beam - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$16.49

Luxco - Rebel Yell

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$18

Sazerac - Two Stars

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$19.99

Wild Turkey - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$23

Elijah Craig - Small Batch

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$26.99

Old Crow - Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$14.49