Ranking of the Best Bottled-In-Bond Bourbons Under $30

Ranking of the Best Bottled-In-Bond Bourbons Under $30 ...

Both standard bourbons (40 to 49% ABV) and high-proof bourbons are bottled-in-bond bourbons, at exactly 50% ABV. These whiskeys are considered the good stuff by old-school bourbon enthusiasts, owing to that slightly elevated proof, and the four-year minimum these whiskeys must spend in the barrel before blending, proofing, and bottling.

There''s more to bottled-in-bond than just proof and age. The main difference/rule for the style is that each release is from one distillation season at one distillery that is made by one distiller. The main reason that those standards elevate this class of whiskey in some folks estimates is that the barrels blended into the final whiskey are from the same distillation season and year. This is because the blender and/or distiller cant take barrels from various years to avoid flaws or fill gaps in the flavor profile

While all of this sounds like it would make bottled-in-bond bourbon even more expensive, there are plenty of bottled-in-bond masterpieces out there that will not break the bank. To that end, I decided to pick eight of my favorite, bargain-bottled-in-bond bourbons, which all costs under $30. Check them out below and discover your next great mixing bourbon!

50% ABV

Average Price: $20

The Bourbon:

This bottle is the famous Buffalo Trace expression for BTs, who contains a little rye and barley on it as well as plenty of corn. This bottle is the perfect match for heavy-hitting BT brands like E.H. Taylor, Stagg, and Eagle Rare, making this a lower-rent version of those bangers.

Tasting Notes:

The nose is black apples, vanilla, and a nice kick of spicy rye, but not much else for a value bottle. The flavor is good, but it''s fairly generic. There''s vanilla, caramel, and some oaky wood, but the texture is uneven, and the pepper kick is spicy.

Bottom Line:

For a bargain bonded bourbon, this isn''t terrible. It''s just not all that exciting either. The flavors are fairly muted and bland, and thats why we started here. This is best a bourbon-and-Coke bottle.

ABV: 50%

Price Average: $14

The Bourbon:

According to the legend, this historical whiskey was first distilled out of a hollow log back in 1836 by a man named Joseph Dant. It has since been created by Heaven Hill, which maintained the old-school logo and design. The juice in the bottle is made from HHs 78% corn, 12% malted barley, and 10% rye mash bill, as seen below, Elijah Craig, and Henry McKenna.

Tasting Notes:

Apples, caramel, and oak are common on the nose. Otherwise, it''s a bit bland and confusing. Sipping it highlights notes of dried fruits, caramel candy, vanilla, and a slightly cracked black pepper. However, the flavors are still fairly light, with oak and pepper taking up the majority of the palate.

Bottom Line:

For less than $15, you might be much worse. However, if you were to stack this up against the majority of $25 bottles, you would be pretty sad about the results, and therefore this list will be pretty low.

ABV: 50%

Average Price: $27

The Bourbon:

Jim Beam''s classic 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley mash was made a fairly decent bonded whiskey. Besides that, this 100-proof, award-winning bourbon was aged for at least four years in a bonded warehouse.

Tasting Notes:

The nose has a ton of sweetness, accompanied by dried cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, and heavy oak. The palate is very robust and filled with heat as well as flavors like vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, and warming pepper at the end. It is mild but has a little too much burn for some enthusiasts.

Bottom Line:

If you like Jim Beam White Label and want to turn it up to 11, this is your whiskey. It''s a deeper, bolder version of the classic bourbon. It does have a little more burn than it is for an everyday sipper, making this a cocktail bourbon more than anything else.

ABV: 50%

For a liter, the average price is $23.00.

The Bourbon

The first bottle of champagne (Jim Beam''s uncle) was discontinued in 1983 before being relaunched in 2017. This expression reflects the original recipe of 79 percent corn, 11% rye, and 10% malted barley. Like all bonded whiskeys, the whiskey lasts at least four years in closed doors.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose, vanilla, cherries, raisins, and honey are common. There are a few slight sweetness notes, but notes of dried cherries, candied orange peels, pipe tobacco, vanilla beans, and oaky wood. The finish is dry, warming, and unforgettable.

Bottom Line:

If you are looking for a spicy and pleasurable bonded bourbon, then look elsewhere. Early Times is surprisingly sweet with vanilla and dried fruits taking center stage, making a perfect mixing bourbon.

50% ABV

Average Price: $20

The Bourbon:

Old Bardstown Bottled-in-Bond from Willett has a mash bill of 72 percent corn, 15% malted barley, and 13% rye. It''s rumored that Old Bardstown barrels spend up to 10 years aging in new, charred American oak barrels.

Tasting Notes:

The whiskeys nose has a lot of spice, including cinnamon candy, vanilla, caramel, and a good hint of pepper. The palate is more than just spice with gentle, dried fruits, cinnamon sugar, maple candy, butterscotch, vanilla, oak, and a hint of pepper to tie everything together well.

Bottom Line:

There''s a wonderful mix of spice and sweetness at play here. This one earns bonus points for being pretty good for this price, although was still squarely in Id use this as a mixer territory.

ABV: 50%

The Average Price is $22

The Bourbon:

This non-chill filtered, bottled-in-bond bourbon is from Jim Beam. Originally, it was only available at the distillerys gift shop. In 2020, it became a limited-release offering available in stores. It was aged for at least four years in new, charred American oak barrels in bonded warehouses and bottled at 100-proof.

Tasting Notes:

This whiskeys nose has a lot to offer. Pecans, caramel, and ginger are all present. On the palate, there are hints of caramel corn, nutty sweetness, dried fruits, butterscotch, and rich oak. The finish is sweet and fruity, with only a hint of baking spices.

Bottom Line:

This is a reasonably priced whiskey for its flavor. Its complex, flavorful, and well-balanced with warming spices and gentle nutty, fruity flavors. This defeats Beam Bonded above for that lack of filtration, adding a little extra character to this one.

50% ABV

Price Moyenne: $19

The Bourbon:

Heaven Hills'' award-winning 100-proof, bottled-in-bond bourbon has the same mash bill as J.W. Dant above but is somewhat more nuance. This is aged for a minimum of four years and bottled in the same place.

Tasting Notes:

The classic flavors of vanilla, rich oak, butterscotch, and dried fruits are damp on the nose. It''s quite inviting and leads to a palate of vanilla cream, orange peels, cinnamon sugar, raisins, dried cherries, and a hint of spicy black pepper. All finishes in a warm, dry, and slightly spicy finish.

Bottom Line:

There are few bargain-priced, bottled-in-bond bourbons better than Evan Williams. It''s complex, slightly spicy, and packed with caramel and vanilla flavors. It''s a great, powerful sipper on the rocks or a killer cocktail base.

ABV: 50%

Average Price: $20

The Bourbon:

The Old Grand-Dad on this classic bottle, Jim Beams, is none other than Basil Hayden (who also has a whiskey named for him). This spicy, high-rye whiskey, 63% corn, 27% rye, and 10% malted barley, is aged for at least four years in bonded warehouses.

Tasting Notes:

The palate is a rich mix of sweetness and spice with orange zest, buttery caramel, toasted oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and cracked black pepper all making an appearance. It all starts with a warming mix of sweet citrus, creamy vanilla, and peppery spice.

Bottom Line:

It''s bold, spicy, and an excellent sift of whiskey as well as a great pick of bourbon cocktails. It''s always cheap, flavorful, and accessible.

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