Bourbon is America’s favourite drink. Like Irish Whiskey but tweaked in the great state of Kentucky, it’s easy to see why bourbon, or “Kentucky Whiskey”, is so loved. Best enjoyed by itself or over ice, and perfect for a late nightcap, a fine bourbon doesn’t have to break the bank. We take a look at First Choice Liquor’s best bourbons for those on a budget, so you can discover this icon of the United States at a price point that suits you!
Makers Mark is a unique and full-flavoured handmade bourbon, sealed with its iconic red wax. Rich in flavour, yet soft on the palate it is distinctive and complex, with the refinement and balance found in small batch bourbons.
Another Kentucky icon, Wild Turkey has a deep, but soft aroma with classic bourbon characteristics of sweetness and corn. Its flavour profile balances traditional caramel and vanilla flavours and is best matched with fattier meats such as bacon and ham, or nuts and chocolate. For such a well-respected label, Wild Turkey is a bargain and one of our best budget bourbons.
Aged in new charred barrels made from American White Oak, which gives Kentucky Gold the smooth, distinctive flavour of a true Bourbon Whiskey, this is one of the best bourbons on the market for the price. Kentucky Gold is the best bourbon on this list for a mixer. See our article on the Top 5 Bourbon Mixes for inspiration on your perfect mixer.
Known as the soul of American whiskey, Jack Daniel’s distinct and unique taste comes from refining the freshly distilled whiskey drop by drop through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal. The distilled whiskey is then matured in American Oak barrels hand-made by Jack Daniel’s themselves.
Although technically not a bourbon, this fusion of peach, spices and indeed bourbon captures the essence of America’s South. Produced using neutral spirit and over 100 ingredients, the final liqueur matures for eight months prior to bottling. Southern Comfort is best drunk straight, on the rocks or with cola.
There you have five of the best budget bourbons! Kick back and enjoy one of these refreshing drops today.