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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.
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By Andrew Knowlton

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.

5 Great Affordable Bourbons to Buy When You Cant Find Pappy Van Winkle