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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  1. 1
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    ranked low on reranks
    Maker's Mark

    100
  2. 2
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    97
  3. 3
    Up 71
    Down 18
    87
  4. 4
    Up 68
    Down 15

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    Pappy Van Winkle

    85
  5. 5
    Up 60
    Down 15
    84
  6. 6
    Up 52
    Down 34

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Wild Turkey

    83
  7. 7
    Up 54
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Blanton's

    80
  8. 8
    Up 48
    Down 17
    78
  9. 9
    Up 46
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Buffalo Trace Distillery

    77
  10. 10
    Up 38
    Down 16
    73
  11. 11
    Up 24
    Down 10
    72
  12. 12
    Up 27
    Down 39

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jim Beam

    69
  13. 13
    Up 16
    Down 7
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    Eagle Rare

    67
  14. 14
    Up 25
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Baker's

    66
  15. 15
    Up 26
    Down 17
    65
  16. 16
    Up 25
    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks
    W.L. Weller

    65
  17. 17
    Up 16
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    61
  18. 18
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    Down 15
    58
  19. 19
    Up 7
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    ranked high on reranks
    Rebel Yell

    52
  20. 20
    Up 9
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Four Roses

    51
    added by: FullBoat
  21. 21
    Up 7
    Down 16

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Corner Creek

    51
  22. 22
    Up 5
    Down 31

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Early Times

    48
  23. 23
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    Larceny

    48
    added by: clash1977
  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks
    Hogs 3

    47
    added by: wiabux
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    Up 1
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    ranked low on reranks
    Hudson

    43
    added by: clash1977
  26. 26
    Up 2
    Down 17

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Heaven Hill

    42
  27. 27
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    often listed
    Old Crow

    39
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