The Best Bourbon Brands Companies

The Best Bourbon Brands

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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 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 still 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 taste 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 the pot stilled single malt bourbon like Glenmorangie, Highland Park or Tambowie? How about a aged, blended bourbon like Chivas Regal, White Horse, Famous Grouse or Talisker?

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.

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

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