It’s not exactly breaking news, but the modern market for bourbon is volatile and strange. Over the last couple years, we’ve seen affordable liquor-store staples turn into hot ticket items that disappear from the shelves and get sold on the secondary market for quadruple what they’re worth. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, bourbon isn't a necessity like some of the other goods that have felt the weight of inflation, but as consumers keep making dramatic runs on everyday bourbons, we wanted to put out a guide to the affordable, available bottles that you can find and enjoy with minimal effort. So, for the 2022 Bourbon Issue, here are our staff’s picks for the best bourbons under $50 that you don’t need a treasure map to find.
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