Some bourbons are just plain overhyped (cough, Pappy, cough). A limited run bottle with a high price tag can inspire mania in whiskey lovers—but we don’t buy into that nonsense. There are plenty of excellent Kentucky bourbons on the market that don’t require an excavation team to find and won’t cost you half a paycheck. In fact, these five underrated bourbons all cost less than $31. Read on to find your new favorite.
This whiskey has a cult-like following, and for good reason. The six-year high rye bourbon has a spicy flavor that stands up both on its own and in cocktails. Don’t limit yourself to one bottle if you see it on the shelf.
This favorite of the Supercall team is wildly underappreciated, but that’s okay because it leaves more for us. It’s potent but not overwhelming, so it’s just as easy to sip neat as it is to mix into an Old Fashioned. At least the San Francisco World Spirits Competition understands just how great it is and awarded it Double Gold.
This whiskey is a winner. Collectors may sleep on it more than overhyped bottles like Pappy, but that keeps the price point extremely accessible. It’s a lush and spicy bourbon with notes of honey, apple and orange.
You’ll find Buffalo Trace behind most decent bars these days. But more often than not, people still reach for something else instead. They shouldn’t. This bourbon is richer and smoother than similarly priced bottles with complex notes of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit.
This approachable bourbon is great for beginners and experts alike because it’s incredibly smooth, rich and flavorful. It’s aged for six years in white oak barrels, which gives it full-bodied notes of caramel and cinnamon. Try it on for size in an Old Fashioned with a dash of Memphis BBQ bitters or in a classic Lion’s Tail.