Good bourbon simply serves as a conduit for good people. We meet, greet, gather together in celebration and in memoriam of friends and family past, present, and future; a worthy ritual far-forgotten at the bottom of a shot glass. So, in this tradition, ditch the chasers, give your stomach a break, and check out these best bourbons under $100.
Four Roses Single Barrel A highly-regard bourbon for the taking, Four Roses Single Barrel is distinctly fruity thanks to aromas of honey and maple syrup, peppered with baking spices to boot. Drinkers have described the first sip as a ‘flavor burst’ thanks to a heavy rye forward palate followed by honey, peaches, and brown sugar, all wrapped up in a nice oaky blanket.
By making the age adjustment to Elijah Craig Small Batch, it will allow a marked increase in allocations of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof which will continue to carry a 12-year-old age statement and, over time, increase availability of Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel that was just re-released this past fall after a 3 year hiatus.
6. Eagle Rare 10-Year. Price: $41. Another well-aged bourbon that is a great bargain, Eagle Rare 10 Year Old comes from the Buffalo Trace distillery, which is one of the oldest in the U.S and is currently owned by the Sazerac Company. The bourbon greets you with aromas of toasted oak and orange peel and has a palate dominated by honey, walnuts and bread.
Noah’s Mill. Noah’s Mill is distilled in the hills of Kentucky and is aged for 15 years, considered one of the best and oldest small batch bourbons around. It’s mashed with corn and bottled by hand as well. The nose initially comes through quite strong leading first- timers to assume the harshness of the bourbon.
The first bourbon to be distilled in New York makes this list for its 100% New York corn mash bill. Yes, it’s 100% corn. Bourbon, by definition, has to be at least 51% corn, but rarely do you see only corn being used. What does that mean to you? Well, for starters, it is an acceptable bourbon for those allergic to grain normally used in the mash.
It’s a smooth oaky bourbon that finishes well with notes of vanilla and molasses thanks to the legendary Warehouse H aging process. Purchase: $47. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. The only thing more enjoyable than a Woodford Reserve is a double oaked Woodford Reserve.