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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2,900 745
Blanton's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,756 886
Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,564 440
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,689 523
Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,251 966
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,089 385
Booker's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,053 375
Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,589 542
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,099 394
Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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840 207
Basil Hayden's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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1,265 492
Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

12
814 268
W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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787 320
1792 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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689 220
Angel's Envy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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916 371
Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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888 634
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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579 275
Willett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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939 689
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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418 150
Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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338 93
Elmer T Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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578 384
Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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417 303
Larceny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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329 263
Baker's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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201 110
Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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213 203
Old Grand-dad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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180 354
Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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173 298
Old Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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148 301
Heaven Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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121 398
Early Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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131 138
Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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150 415
Old Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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107 283
Corner Creek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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64 92
Wathen's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Tom Pelsoczi added

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83 294
Hogs 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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36 63
Cavalry Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
rohitsharma4282 added

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

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36 157
Big House is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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