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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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1,171 537
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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786 267
Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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615 221
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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835 296
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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541 208
Booker's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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515 226
Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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485 218
Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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642 279
Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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274 58
Basil Hayden's is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Larry Messing added Basil Hayden's

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390 174
1792 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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278 69
Angel's Envy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
scott-mcdonald added Angel's Envy

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466 369
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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468 217
Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
FullBoat added Four Roses

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472 390
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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353 174
W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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269 179
Willett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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116 40
Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Jefferson's Bourbon

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300 235
Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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210 158
Baker's is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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73 25
Elmer T Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Cat Rakowski added Elmer T Lee

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194 188
Larceny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
clash1977 added Larceny

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52 41
Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
TGobberLongmire added Pendleton

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61 65
Old Grand-dad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Edward G. Marshall Sr. added Old Grand-dad

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90 214
Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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91 192
Old Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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21 25
Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Sean Spangler added Henry Mckenna

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68 259
Early Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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14 49
Big House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Big House

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81 261
Old Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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61 188
Corner Creek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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6 8
Wathen's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Tom Pelsoczi added Wathen's

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60 205
Heaven Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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35 185
Hogs 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
wiabux added Hogs 3