Elijah Craig Small Batch is a favorite among bourbon connoisseurs for its excellent balance of quality and value. This is a classic example of a well rounded bourbon with few gimmicks. While it’s not an incredibly complex bourbon, it certainly benefits from its age. It’s 12 years in a barrel translates into a tasty amount of oak flavor which is the bourbon’s standout trait. It’s a great place for newbies to start or for veterans who want that quintessential bourbon flavor at a great price.

Producer: Heaven Hill

Distiller: Heaven Hill, Kentucky

Proof: 94

Fair Price: $25-$30

 

Full Review: http://www.breakingbourbon.com/elijah-craig-12.html

 

Official Website: www.heavenhill.com

Old Grand-Dad’s 114 might not be for everyone. It’s a full flavored affair, and its 114 proof can taste stronger than other bourbons at a higher proof due to the intense heat that this bourbon gives off. Typically around $25, there are few bourbons in this price range at this proofpoint. Old Grand-Dad’s 114 is not the smoothest going down but its rich flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, and rye heat makes up for it. If you’re new to bourbon and looking for something a little more challenging, this is a great place to start. If it’s too bold at first start with a few cubes in it and get to know it. It’s unique flavor profile might really grow on you.

Producer: Jim Beam

Distiller: Jim Beam, Kentucky

Proof: 114

Fair Price: $23-$27

 

Full Review:
http://breakingbourbon.com/old-grand-dad-114.html

 

Official Website:
http://www.beamglobal.com/

The 101 proof expression is Wild Turkey's most well known bourbon and their flagship brand. Despite its lackluster branding, this is a fantastic budget bourbon that deserves to be in everyone’s collection. It sports a surprisingly layered flavor experience for budget bourbon with its nice mix of sweet and spicy flavors and a slightly dry, medium-length finish. The low price and above-average proof also makes it a great mixing bourbon. Wild Turkey 101 almost nails everything you want out of a budget bourbon. While it might be too hot for some, it will be near-perfect for others.

Producer: Wild Turkey

Distiller: Wild Turkey, Kentucky

Proof: 101

Fair Price: $21-$25

 

Full Review: http://breakingbourbon.com/wild-turkey-101.html

 

Official Website: http://wildturkeybourbon.com/goods/#

Evan Williams Single Barrel is a inexpensive way to get into aged single barrel products. At 10 years of age, a mellow flavor profile with a touch of heat makes it palatable for individuals just getting into bourbon and those who have enjoyed it for a long time. While the flavor profile will vary year to year (and barrel to barrel), Evan Williams tends to put out a consistently high valued product for the price. Everything about this bourbon makes you think that it should be selling for more than it is. From the tasty mellow profile and the hand-written wax-dipped bottle to the actual vintage date, Evan Williams Single Barrel makes it’s presence known. It’s a great, inexpensive, well balanced bourbon that deserves a spot in everyone’s collection.

Producer: Evan Williams

Distiller: Heaven Hill, Kentucky

Proof: 86

Fair Price: $25-$30

 

Full Review: Coming Soon

 

Official Website: http://evanwilliams.com/bourbons.php?page=specialty

Everything about this bourbon feels like it’s been masterfully engineered to be the perfect example of what a bourbon should be. As Buffalo Trace’s flagship brand, it needs to appeal to everyone while maintaining a good value. Sometimes that description can bring with it a negative connotation since mass appeal and quality doesn’t always go hand in hand. In this case, Buffalo Trace Bourbon is a solid bourbon that will appeal to any level of whiskey drinker. For someone new to bourbon, it’s extremely accessible with its sweet nose and palate capped off with a finish that introduces a perfect mix of oak and spice. Although it may not challenge a seasoned bourbon drinker’s developed palate, they’ll still appreciate its overall quality and great value. This could easily become anyone’s everyday bourbon. Highly recommended.

Producer: Buffalo Trace

Distiller: Buffalo Trace, Kentucky

Proof: 90

Fair Price: $25-$30

 

Full Review: http://www.breakingbourbon.com/buffalo-trace.html

 

Official Website: http://buffalotracedistillery.com/brands/buffalo-trace

You really can’t go wrong with any of the $20 range Weller family of wheated bourbons. Both Special Reserve and Antique 107 are well worth the money, but it’s Weller 12 Year that is by far the best of the bunch. Unfortunately, many people know this and infrequent store restocks have made this $25 bourbon a hard one to track down. Also add to the fact this brand shares a mashbill and flavor qualities as Pappy Van Winkle and you can begin to understand why this brand is so hot. If you ever see this on the shelf don’t hesitate to pull the trigger. You’ll be rewarded with a great tasting, well balanced and all-around fantastic bourbon that is easily one of the best values in bourbon today. It might not immediately blow you away with gimmicks, but once you familiarize yourself with it, you're likely never turn down a bottle when available.

Producer: Buffalo Trace

Distiller: Buffalo Trace, Kentucky

Proof: 90

Fair Price: $25-$40

 

Full Review: http://www.breakingbourbon.com/weller-12-year.html

 

Official Website: https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/brands/wl-weller#2

Last Updated on 8/2015

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