5 great affordable bourbons to buy when you can’t find Pappy Van Winkle

Every year, I ask Santa for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon from Kentucky, and every year he comes up empty-handed. If the man in red can’t get it, who can? The answer: very few.

Pappy, as it’s called by its legions of fans, is easily the most sought-after bourbon on the planet—and probably Mars, too. But as good as it is, it’s not without stiff competition. Here are five other cult bourbons you actually have a chance of gifting (and drinking) this holiday season.

1. W.L. Weller Special Reserve

(Buffalo Trace Distillery)

Price: $30

2. Four Roses Single Barrel

(Four Roses Bourbon)

Price: $50

3. Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 Year

(Castle Brands)

Price: $130

4. Willett Pot Still Reserve

(Willett Distillery)

Price: $38

5. George T. Stagg

(Buffalo Trace Distillery)

Price: $70

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