Beginner Bourbon Series: Our 4 Best Beginner Bourbons

Welcome back to the Beginner Bourbon Series. As promised we are here to bring your our list of highly recommended bourbons that won’t break the bank to help you get your bourbon collection off the ground and up and running.

For our list we wanted to use the following criteria:

  • Bourbons that are easy on the palate and easy to drink. While there is a time and place for extreme flavor profiles on different bourbons. While we will eventually visit these, this isn’t yet that time or place. These are bourbons that are flavorful but also not overwhelming to the new bourbon drinker.
  • Bourbons that are readily available. While you might not be able to run out to the local spirit or liquor store in your area and grab all of these off the shelves, I believe you will be able to find most of these easily and readily available at local liquor stores. You may have to pass up the corner mart and head towards a higher end full service liquor store but you should be able to find most if not all of these bourbons readily available on your shelves.
  • Bourbons that are around the $35 price point (no higher than $40).  Let’s face it. All hobbies can get expensive. Drinking (or collecting) bourbon is no different. If you are just new to this or wanting to try it out for the first time I want you to be able to enjoy this without breaking the bank. There are all kinds of different price ranges for bourbon and whiskey, and there are bottles that people will recommend and tout as “must haves” at all price points. These are bourbons at what I would call the intermediate price point. There are cheaper well known bourbons out there, and there are more expensive ones as well. This is a price point that I felt like was obtainable when I started drinking bourbon, and I have found there is a wealth of good bourbon out there at this price point.

Bourbon Lodge’s Best Beginner Bourbons

  1. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select
  2. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  3. Weller Special Reserve
  4. TBA
  5. *Bonus* TBA

We want to hear your thoughts and feedback. Strongly agree (or disagree) with an addition to the list? Let us know in the comments below. Feel free to follow along each release and check out our tasting notes and pour a glass and share your own. Cheers!

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