Liquor The Best Bourbon Brands  

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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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2,998 764
Blanton's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,855 909
Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,623 458
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,759 544
Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,312 1,005
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,117 382
Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,127 400
Booker's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,144 407
Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,638 563
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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887 224
Basil Hayden's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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867 272
W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,312 511
Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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818 331
1792 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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739 231
Angel's Envy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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958 385
Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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926 659
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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603 281
Willett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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971 718
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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365 97
Elmer T Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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442 160
Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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609 396
Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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434 312
Larceny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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343 272
Baker's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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225 117
Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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237 214
Old Grand-dad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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