Father’s Day 2022: Affordable Bourbons Under $70

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Father’s Day is the yearly U.S. holiday that celebrates the fathers and father figures in our lives. Many people enjoy spending time with their family and giving their fathers a small token to show their love and appreciation. Odds are your father doesn’t need flipside necktie, 400-piece socket set, house slippers, or pair of grilling gloves. If your father is anything like me, odds are he would rather sit virtually the kitchen table with you and the family, sharing funny stories and warm memories of the good ol’ days over a glass of whiskey from a snifter you’ve gifted him.

Dappered tragedian Jason P. did a unconfined job walking readers through the nuts of bourbon in this post, tent mashbills, proof, and a handful of big name distillers like Wild Turkey instead of non-distilling producers like MGP. Like Jason, I’ve moreover tried to stay true to Dappered’s affordable quality theme by recommending wontedly misogynist and relatively affordable choices. Affordability is highly subjective – one man’s $60 “daily drinker” snifter is flipside man’s monthly bourbon budget. So, I’ve recommended an overflowing skillet of bottles that should be misogynist on most store shelves throughout the country including a few of those NDP bourbons.

Pricing will naturally vary from state to state and plane from store to store. These prices were placid (or averaged) from national retailer Total Wine and Ohio’s state run OHLQ to get a solid running average. They may not represent pricing or availability in your neck of the woods. Apologies if you live in expensive cities like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, or Honolulu!

A quick note on tasting notes – everyone’s palate is different. Taste is a highly subjective sensory exercise and it’s directly linked to your senses of smell and sight as well as your brain’s memory bank. As such, each person may see, smell, and taste things differently than you or me. So, you shouldn’t put too much stock into what other people say in terms of taste or flavors. Try things for yourself! As always, drink in moderation and remember to drink what you like, the way you like to drink it. Cheers!

In the first post we focused on whiskeys I could source for under $35. Now we squint at bottles under $70.


1. Old Dominick Huling Station Straight Bourbon – $40

Old Dominick Huling Station Straight Bourbon

Old Dominick is flipside pre-prohibition label with an wondrous story that was resurrected without decades of lying dormant. Without finding an unopened snifter of their unconfined unconfined grandfather’s Old Dominick Toddy, brothers Chris and Alex Canale started the Old Dominick distillery in downtown Memphis in 2013. Old Dominick’s Huling Station straight bourbon is technically an NDP product – it is made by MGP Ingredients in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. However, this one is special. Master Distiller Alex Castle was a distillery production supervisor at Wild Turkey surpassing leaving to throne up Old Dominick, so she knows a thing or two well-nigh good whiskey. She helped develop the custom Huling Station mashbill that contains 52% corn, 44% rye, and 4% malted barley. MGP simply produces the whiskey for Old Dominick as the stills in Memphis are defended to their new Tennessee whiskey product due out later this year. This Huling Station “red label” straight bourbon is weather-beaten at least four years, spending time in both Indiana and Tennessee, and gets bottled at a nicely drinkable 100 proof. You might taste notes of vanilla, cherries, caramel, cinnamon, and tobacco.


2. 1792 Full Proof – $45

1792 Full Proof

Sazerac’s Barton distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky produces the 1792 line-up of bourbons, including variations like Small Batch, Bottled in Bond, Single Barrel, and Full Proof. The latter is what we’re drinking today. This bourbon is weather-beaten 7-9 years and has a “high rye” mystery mashbill. It’s bottled at 125 proof and that’s nothing to shake a stick at. Believe it or not, “full proof” does not midpoint cask strength or whisk proof – it simply ways it’s proofed lanugo to the original whisk entry proof. I’ve had the pleasure of picking a few barrels of 1792 Full Proof with friends in my bourbon club (the one pictured here is ours!) and this stuff can hands be 130 proof or higher fresh out of the barrel. With that kind of heat, a few drops of water or an ice cube could be warranted. If you like big, unvigilant flavors, this one may be for you! You’ll get notes of frosted vanilla bean, rich caramel or toffee, some smokey oak, and a touch of cherry cordial or banana.


3. Wild Turkey Rare Breed – $50

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Benjamin Franklin said it weightier when he wrote, “ For in truth the turkey is in comparison a much increasingly respectable bird [as compared to the unrobed eagle], and withal a true original native of America. He is besides, though a little vain and silly, a bird of courage.” Campari’s Wild Turkey has been churning out some of the weightier bourbons and whiskies for decades. All of their bourbons are made at the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery and use the same mashbill that contains 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley. Wild Turkey’s Rare Breed is a tousle of 6, 8, and 10 year bourbons all mingled together inside a large stainless vat at whisk strength surpassing stuff proofed lanugo to an stereotype of 116.8 per this version’s label. For my palate, Rare Breed brings a fantastic wastefulness of sweet and spice to the party. On one hand, you have your archetype bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and seasoned oak. On the other hand, the uneaten age and proof bring a increasingly intense variety of flavors like maple sugar, leather, and tobacco. If you like Wild Turkey 101 or Russell’s Reserve, don’t sleep on a snifter of Rare Breed!


4. Bulleit Bourbon Single Whisk – $60

Bulleit Bourbon Single Barrel

Bulleit Bourbon is owned by mega drinks corporation Diageo, but has been virtually for decades. To this day, there’s a bit of a mystery surrounding the trademark and where its bourbon comes from. In the recent past, their NDP whiskey was a special tousle of Four Roses bourbon that was sent over in large tanker trucks for blending or bottling. Today, their distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky is up and running so the odds are good that a significant portion of the current standard “orange label” whiskey is their own stuff. However, we’re looking at Bulleit single barrels! Single barrels are unchangingly unique in that they may or may not follow the typical trademark savor profile. Bulleit single barrels are all weather-beaten between seven and nine years and are made from one of the ten possible mashbill and yeast combinations. Most of these barrels are sourced from other distilleries so you may get something from Jim Beam, Barton, Heaven Hill, or plane Four Roses. Depending on the store, some people segregate barrels that follow the standard Bulleit savor profile, but want it cranked up to 11. Others will want something variegated and out of left field. You’ll need to try a store pick in person to decide whether it’s worth it for you or not.


5. Jack Daniel’s Single Whisk Whisk Proof – $65

Jack Daniel’s Single Whisk Whisk Proof

Another Jack Daniel’s product?! You’ve got that right. This one in particular is one of the weightier whiskies to overly come out of Lynchburg, Tennessee. Jack Daniel’s “gold label” single whisk whisk proof is a fantastic bourbon that can rival the weightier from those Kentucky and Indiana distilleries. Seriously. This whisk in particular once won a friendly veiling tasting event versus bottles of E.H. Taylor Whisk Proof, Elijah Craig Whisk Proof, Four Roses Limited Edition 2020, and Stagg Jr. The Jack Daniel’s mashbill contains 80% corn, 12% rye, and 8% malted barley. These single barrels are weather-beaten at least five years, are pulled from the top tiers of their rickhouses, and get bottled at true whisk proof. The word-for-word bottling proof will vary from whisk to barrel, but this one here is a hair over 135! If that doesn’t wake you up, I’m not sure what will. That widow proof brings layer upon layer of savor – rich brown sugar, toasted vanilla, cinnamon, oak, smokey pipe tobacco, and a touch of the infamous Jack Daniel’s torched schizy foster.


6. Belle Meade Reserve Bourbon – $70

Belle Meade Reserve Bourbon

Once then we have an old pre-prohibition trademark that got resurrected in the early 2000s. Belle Meade was one of a handful of brands that Charles Nelson made in the late 1800’s. According to his unconfined unconfined unconfined grandsons Andy and Charlie Nelson, Belle Meade was the toast of the town when then, stuff known specifically for its upper quality and good value for money. Today, Belle Meade is produced by the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee. Belle Meade is an NDP product – current Reserve production is a special tousle of two MGP bourbons made with two yeast strains, distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, but weather-beaten for 7-11 years surpassing stuff composite and bottled in Nashville. Previous Reserve bottlings were produced in individually numbered cask strength batches, but they’ve merged all of those into one SKU with an averaged proof of 108.3. Belle Meade’s Reserve bourbon was one of the first that I fell in love with when I got into bourbon. For my palate, it has the prototypical bourbon notes of caramel, vanilla, cherry cordial, and oak.


7. Maker’s Mark Private Selection – $70

Maker’s Mark Private Selection

Have you overly wished you could craft your own perfect bourbon like it was a LEGO kit? If so, Maker’s Mark Private Selection is what you should be drinking! When retailers or bourbon clubs throne up to the Loretto, Kentucky distillery, they’re presented with a challenge: take a glass of Maker’s Mark bourbon at cask strength and yo-yo it with variegated wood staves to unzip a new savor profile that you love. The wiring Maker’s Mark bourbon is weather-beaten 5-7 years and is made from a mashbill of 70% corn, 16% soft red winter wheat, and 14% malted barley. It has robust notes of sweet caramel, vanilla, citrus fruits, allspice, and sweet oak. Next, you start blending in the variegated staves – Maker’s 46, Baked American Pure, Seared French Cuvee, Roasted French Mendiant, and Toasted French Spice. Each adds a new layer or savor to the puzzle. It takes a steady hand and a hearty palate to come yonder from the wits with something that’s greater than the sum of its parts. For me, this wits vacated is worth the investment!


8. Elijah Craig Whisk Proof – $70

Elijah Craig Whisk Proof

Elijah Craig’s small batch bourbon, distilled and bottled by the Heaven Hill distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, is my go-to recommendation for those who are just getting into bourbon. It has all the right key elements – easy to find, relatively easy to afford, and easy to sip on. It has all the right tasting notes: vanilla, honey, oak, caramel, butterscotch, and sultry spices. The mashbill is a classic, too, with 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malted barley. You’ll be thinking you’re drinking a spice cabinet in a good way. Once you’ve gotten yawner to its easy drinking flavors, it’s time to zombie the volume up and try some at whisk proof! This particular product is a bit harder to find as it’s a increasingly limited bottling that comes out in three unique batches each year. Elijah Craig Whisk Proof is weather-beaten at least 12 years and is usually bottled virtually 120-130 proof. If you’re going to ventilator one good bourbon to drink, make it this one.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking to try a new whiskey or want to souvenir someone a small selection of them, don’t forget well-nigh the 50 ml “airplane” bottles. Most liquor stores siphon these and they can be a fun way to explore new spirits without breaking the wall on a full-size snifter of booze. Cheers!

For increasingly affordable options check out yesterday’s post featuring bottles under $35.