You don’t need to drop thousands of dollars to obtain a great bottle of bourbon—no matter what Pappy van Winkle adherents will tell you. The truth is, spectacular bourbon can be yours for under $50. Not special occasion bourbon to be squirreled away and unearthed only every few years. Everyday bourbon that happens to taste like special occasion bourbon. Here are five of our favorites.
This bourbon is fall in a bottle with notes of orchard fruits and a vanilla finish. Made in Massachusetts (remember, not all bourbons are from Kentucky), it’s made primarily from locally grown corn, with just a touch of rye for a subtle, spicy bite. Though it’s easy to drink neat, it’s also great in lighter, whiskey-forward cocktails. Try it in an Old Fashioned or a cozy Hot Toddy.