Best Bourbons Under $40

The Best Tasting Budget Bourbons

By Kayleigh Kulp

There's almost nothing more American to drink than bourbon. For one thing, bourbon must be made and aged in the United States to be labeled as such, from at least 51 percent corn. The remainder of the mash, or the recipe of grains, must be barley, rye or wheat. It’s aged at least two years in new, charred oak barrels, which gives many bourbons their vanilla, woody and caramel notes.

GAYOT's Best Bourbons Under $40 are exceptional values, ideal for entertaining or everyday sipping. For a truly all-American experience, give one of these a try in a refreshing Mint Julep.

Need a refresher on the difference between bourbon and whiskey? Be sure to read this Intro to Bourbon. Next up, check out the cream of the crop with our list of Top Rated Bourbons