After abandoning my quirky numbers system for determining a bourbon’s value, I am resorting to relying on my taste buds and my wallet. These bourbons are my personal favorite value bourbons, listed from the least to the most expensive.
Evan Williams Black Label – This one is hard to beat simply because it is usually available for under $15. This bourbon is still raw and uncouth, but it is drinkable and moderately complex, too.
Four Roses Yellow Label – This bourbon is becoming more readily available and more widely recognized for being a very good whiskey. It is soft, citrusy, and floral. It makes a wonderful cocktail, but it stands tall on its own, too.
Wild Turkey 101 – This bourbon’s quality and value has been well documented. It is warming and powerful, but it also brings wonderful vanilla and cinnamon sugar notes into the fold. Great stuff. The Turkey 81 is also a good value pour, but I always opt to pay three dollars more for my beloved 101.
Russell’s Reserve 10 year – This bourbon lives up to Jimmy Russell’s legend. It also happens to be available around $30 in most liquor stores. It unfolds beautifully in waves, giving complex bourbon and rye flavors throughout. Wild Turkey at its finest.
Four Roses Single Barrel – Although there is some variance from bottle to bottle, this bourbon is consistently at the head of the class. It has a wonderfully rich mouth feel that is unsurpassed in whiskeys under $40.
Those are some of my favorite value bourbons, but not the only great value bourbons on the market. The beauty of bourbon is that you don’t have to break the bank to drink classy.