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Best Bourbon of the Month Clubs

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As far as spirits go, Bourbon is perhaps more closely entwined with American drinking history than any other. Once a distant second to brandy behind the nation’s bars, bourbon benefited as much from phylloxera insect outbreaks in the vineyards (putting a full pause on brandy production) as it did farmers in the Heartland devoting their corn crops to this particular liquor.

Since then, the bourbon scene has developed more characters, nuance, and expressions than you’d be able to survey in half of a lifetime, but several subscription services now make it possible to sample the best and most interesting bottles out there. Better yet, they’ll send them right to your doorstep, from the most interesting to the rarest labels out there.

Read on to see our picks for the best bourbon of the month clubs to sign up for or gift today.

Best Bourbon of the Month Clubs of 2021

Best Overall: Flaviar

Flaviar

Flaviar

Why We Chose It: Flaviar’s subscription makes high-quality, well-sourced bourbon affordable.

What We Like
Option to go month-to-month
"Flavor spirals” put each whiskey in context
Online shop sells 15,000+ whiskeys, bourbons, and other spirits

What We Don’t Like
Quarterly deliveries

Flaviar is one of the best-known and experienced spirits clubs, and it has perfected getting the goods delivered to its customers safe and on time. Its selection is also on point, as the brand knows its way around the bourbon world.

For $25 per month, you’ll receive a full-sized bottle every quarter plus a sampler box of three 1.5-ounce tasting bottles. Each shipment will come with tasting notes and a “flavor spiral” detailing key qualities for each bottle. Throw in free live tasting events, member pricing for shopping, and a generous refer-a-friend program, and you have one of the best options for starting to explore bourbon in all of its variety, complexity, and quality.

Best for Variety: Caskers

Caskers

Caskers

Why We Chose It: Caskers curates an impressive range, selecting top-shelf bottles from both smaller, more artisanal distilleries and the larger, more well-known players in the industry.

What We Like
Two bottles per shipment
Can pause and renew your membership at any time

What We Don’t Like
One of the more expensive clubs

Caskers checks nearly all of the boxes for a subscription club: great selection, good frequency, and full-sized bottles. The quarterly deliveries arrive just frequently enough to let you sit with the well-curated bottles for a bit, neither inundating you with bourbon nor letting your shelves get bare. Nominally focused on whiskey, Caskers' American Whiskey Club selections tend to be bourbon, with the occasional bottle of rye thrown in.

On the more expensive side, Caskers runs $147 per quarter for two full-sized bottles, a price that makes some sense based on the quality of the selections. Benefits include detailed tasting notes and access to a great number of truly rare and exclusive bottles not widely available.

On the whole, Caskers is a great option for bourbon fans hoping to explore good and interesting spirits, and slowly build out their shelves with quality beverages.

Best for Beginners: Mash&Grape

Mash&Grape

Mash&Grape

Why We Chose It: Mash&Grape combines fabulous curation with an in-house marketplace that together make it too easy for a beginner to build out a good, quality bar.

What We Like
Impressive curation
Great frequency
Outstanding in-house marketplace
Ships to most states

What We Don’t Like
Online store is frequently out of add-ons like barware and books

Mash&Grape’s impressive bourbon subscription is shaped by its incredibly well-curated store: bourbons from every corner of the scene, distilleries large and tiny. You can subscribe for three, six, or 12 months and can opt to pay monthly or all at once. You’ll receive one full-sized bottle each month, each with detailed tasting notes.

The bourbon membership costs $69 per month and ships bottles out in the middle of each month. If you get excited by any other discoveries in Mash&Grape’s store (and you will), it’s easy enough to add to your shipment, whether that's additional bottles, barware, or books.

Best for Craft: Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunter

Why We Chose It: Bounty Hunter’s “Bourbon Trail” membership prioritizes single barrel and small batch bottlings with a passion.

What We Like
Two full-sized bottles each month
The most interesting and obscure bottles are also sold as separates
Per bottle pricing

What We Don’t Like
Shipping costs extra

Bounty Hunter’s “Bourbon Trail” is a club that prioritizes quality, frequency, and cost. Each month, you’ll receive an inspired selection of two full-sized bottles that manage to surprise each time.

Priced at $249 per quarter for six bottles, this club is less expensive than most any craft spirit service and takes such a spirited approach to the bourbon scene—exciting, unexpected releases, single barrel selects, etc.—that it is a veritable journey through the world of this American-made spirit.

Final Verdict

It would be hard to go wrong with any of the options on this list. Virtually all of them are great for variety, creative selection, and building your bar. Bounty Hunter really comes at you with volume and inspired curation, while Mash&Grape’s combination of large and small labels shows a willingness to embrace any good bourbon, regardless of who makes it.

Flaviar gets our top ranking for its combination of full- and tasting-sized bottles, allowing for the deepest exploration and richest experience in the world of bourbon. With each box arriving with so many bourbons to sample, it’s also a tasting party with each shipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Bourbon of the Month Club?

A bourbon subscription is a membership club that delivers a bottle or several to your door at regular intervals, usually monthly or quarterly like other spirit clubs do. Some bill on a month-to-month basis while others have options to pay quarterly or upfront. Nearly all offer several different levels or club types, letting you choose the number of bottles and what types. Nearly all of these clubs allow for easy cancellation and many include shipping.

How Much Does a Bourbon of the Month Club Cost?

Because it offers an annual subscription, Flaviar can be the least expensive at $25 per month, but its deliveries arrive on a quarterly basis. At the other end, the World of Whiskey subscription from Caskers comes in at $167 per month for exquisite top-shelf bottles. Typically, you can expect to pay closer to $60 per month for this club, which in most cases is less expensive than buying any of these interesting bottles at retail prices.

How We Chose the Best Bourbon of the Month Clubs

Above all, we looked at clubs with a definite perspective on bourbon—its production, qualities, and interest—that would be both educational and enjoyable. Several clubs put a single well-chosen bottle in your hands at a time, while others overwhelm your senses with a melange of tasting oppotunities. The clubs in our roundup also place a high value on curation.