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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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2,033 551
Blanton's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,116 704
Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,113 334
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,270 406
Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,791 768
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,269 419
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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840 295
Booker's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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771 300
Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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819 321
Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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578 135
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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988 393
Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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602 249
1792 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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491 148
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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568 226
W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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692 504
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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724 539
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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675 308
Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
FullBoat added Four Roses

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427 236
Willett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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259 101
Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Jefferson's Bourbon

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195 62
Elmer T Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Cat Rakowski added Elmer T Lee

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450 311
Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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273 214
Baker's is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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305 253
Larceny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
clash1977 added Larceny

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102 74
Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Sean Spangler added Henry Mckenna

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130 140
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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131 288
Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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128 251
Old Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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114 250
Heaven Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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94 338
Early Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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117 336
Old Crow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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90 97
Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
TGobberLongmire added Pendleton

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89 241
Corner Creek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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39 54
Wathen's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Tom Pelsoczi added Wathen's

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19 25
Cavalry Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 34 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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21 102
Big House is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Big House

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58 242
Hogs 3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
wiabux added Hogs 3