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List Rules Only true bourbons--made in the U.S.A. on this list. See other lists for whiskys and scotches

List of the best bourbon brands and companies, ranked. Bourbon is a very distinct tasting liquor. All bourbon must be aged in new, charred-oak barrels, and is given a distinctive flavor based on the number of years it aged. Some consider bourbon to be one of the truest forms of alcohol. Bourbon whiskey is an alcoholic beverage that is made primarily from corn and produced in the United States. The mash can be different combinations of malted barley, rye, wheat and at least 51% corn. Whatever is used gives the bourbon a different flavor. As the bourbon ages in the wooden casks, it gets its color from the caramelized sugars in the charred wood. However long it is left in the cask is also going to change the taste of the bourbon. 97% of all bourbon is produced in Kentucky stills near to the city of Bourbon from which the spirit got its name.

Since all of these factors come into play, each bourbon producer comes up with a bourbon that tastes slightly different from another's. This leaves the drinker with many varying options to consider when trying to choose which bourbon is the right one for them. Should they go with a single barrel bourbon like Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's or Pappy Van Winkle? How about a aged, blended bourbon like Jefferson's Presidential Select, Four Roses or Wild Turkey?

This list is to help determine which bourbon is the best tasting out there through votes from the Ranker users. Vote up your favorite and vote down the ones that just miss the mark. And if it'€™s bourbon's tasty cousin scotch you crave, check out the list of the best scotch brands - or this comprehensive list of the best tasting whiskey.
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Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Blanton's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Booker's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Basil Hayden's is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1792 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Angel's Envy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Willett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Jefferson's Bourbon

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Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Baker's is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Elmer T Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Elmer T Lee

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Larceny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Pendleton

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Old Grand-dad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Old Grand-dad

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Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Old Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Henry Mckenna

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Early Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Big House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Old Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Corner Creek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Wathen's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Wathen's

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Heaven Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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Hogs 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands