House of Bourbon
It's tradition to celebrate the Kentucky Derby with free-flowing mint juleps. Whether making a classic version or putting a spin on it, you'll still want to stock up on bourbon. The corn-based American whiskey is one of the most beloved spirits worldwide and, luckily for all its fans out there, comes in plenty of good options under $50, with many under $30. This list of bourbons all scored at least 90 points in the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, where they were tasted by no fewer than four professional judges who help shape the beverage world nationally and abroad. Any one of these bourbons is a great foundation for derby day drinks — and for a well-stocked home bar.
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