Alcohol The Best Bourbon Brands  

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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

For certain alcohol lovers, there's nothing better than a good American bourbon. From bourbon whiskeys to to other popular bourbon brands, this list is an extensive collection of the various flavors of the favorite drink of many. The names of both top selling bourbons and more obscure varieties are listed below, so if you're looking for a great bourbon this is the place for you! 

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. Due to variations in these processes, there are many different whisky and bourbon types. 

Drinkers have many varying options to consider when trying to choose which bourbon is the right one for them. What is the most popular bourbon brand? 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? Do you prefer Kentucky bourbons or other top shelf varieties for your drinking pleasure? 

This list is to help determine which kinds of bourbon are the best tasting out there through votes from the Ranker users. There are some great examples of bourbon below, so 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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2,801 724
Blanton's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,671 861
Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,514 429
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,632 502
Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,198 930
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,057 373
Booker's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,551 521
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,015 366
Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,063 383
Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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797 199
Basil Hayden's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Larry Messing added

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1,226 475
Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

12
782 260
W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

13
763 311
1792 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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662 206
Angel's Envy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
scott-mcdonald added

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884 356
Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
FullBoat added Four Roses

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867 622
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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920 670
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

18
558 268
Willett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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396 144
Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Jefferson's Bourbon

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322 89
Elmer T Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Cat Rakowski added Elmer T Lee

21
569 376
Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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400 293
Larceny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
clash1977 added Larceny

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323 257
Baker's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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181 105
Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Sean Spangler added Henry Mckenna

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206 195
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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173 346
Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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165 291
Old Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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144 296
Heaven Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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116 392
Early Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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125 132
Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
TGobberLongmire added Pendleton

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146 407
Old Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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105 276
Corner Creek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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60 87
Wathen's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Tom Pelsoczi added Wathen's

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82 287
Hogs 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
wiabux added Hogs 3

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33 55
Cavalry Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
rohitsharma4282 added Cavalry Bourbon

Cavalry Bourbon is the answer to the call for fine bourbon.

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33 148
Big House is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Big House