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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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1,492 390
Blanton's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,771 587
Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,025 324
Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,483 648
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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847 271
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,057 353
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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693 248
Booker's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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634 251
Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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653 268
Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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442 91
Basil Hayden's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Larry Messing added Basil Hayden's

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812 323
Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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379 107
Angel's Envy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
scott-mcdonald added Angel's Envy

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476 212
1792 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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583 429
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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460 203
W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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598 463
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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564 262
Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
FullBoat added Four Roses

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348 202
Willett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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174 64
Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Jefferson's Bourbon

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372 269
Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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127 43
Elmer T Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Cat Rakowski added Elmer T Lee

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238 182
Baker's is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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248 213
Larceny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
clash1977 added Larceny

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86 94
Old Grand-dad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Edward G. Marshall Sr. added Old Grand-dad

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55 44
Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Sean Spangler added Henry Mckenna

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106 243
Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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101 213
Old Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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67 68
Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
TGobberLongmire added Pendleton

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75 291
Early Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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74 208
Corner Creek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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81 223
Heaven Hill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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90 287
Old Crow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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15 25
Wathen's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Tom Pelsoczi added Wathen's

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14 69
Big House is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Big House

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3 6
Virginia Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
DocAl added Virginia Gentleman

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41 208
Hogs 3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
wiabux added Hogs 3

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5 20
Southern Comfort is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Steve W. Davis added Southern Comfort