We’ve all been there: Bored with our usual bourbon, looking for something new to try, but then it gets to the end of the month and the budget is busted. Not to worry, however: There are plenty of great wallet-friendly options to be found in the Whisky Advocate Buying Guide, including bottles that have scored 90 points or higher. Check out these five bourbons that will let you drink like a whiskey baron without breaking the bank.
A newer bourbon that has easily become a classic, finished in a port pipe for silky, creamy fruit notes.
At 53.5% ABV, you really get your money’s worth with this powerful 7 year old bourbon.
1792 Full Proof—$45, 92 points
The “full proof” clocks in at 62.5% ABV, meaning you can drop in a rock or two without worrying about dilution.
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2007 Vintage—$30, 90 points
At about 9 years old, this is true bargain bourbon with strong fruit, mint, and caramel flavors.
If you like standard Maker’s, this version adds spices and leather layered on the trademark sweetness.