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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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2,258 611
Blanton's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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2,265 752
Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,242 368
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,373 431
Buffalo Trace Distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,896 815
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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897 310
Booker's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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1,336 453
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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840 321
Eagle Rare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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876 336
Elijah Craig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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629 149
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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1,047 410
Bulleit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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613 236
W.L. Weller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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637 270
1792 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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534 168
Angel's Envy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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738 530
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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763 573
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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720 323
Four Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
FullBoat added Four Roses

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459 244
Willett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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288 116
Jefferson's Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Jefferson's Bourbon

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218 72
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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483 335
Evan Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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286 226
Baker's is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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324 261
Larceny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
clash1977 added Larceny

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116 84
Henry Mckenna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Sean Spangler added Henry Mckenna

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149 150
Old Grand-dad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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138 302
Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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135 261
Old Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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119 264
Heaven Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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97 353
Early Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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125 354
Old Crow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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94 249
Corner Creek is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands

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98 107
Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
TGobberLongmire added Pendleton

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44 62
Wathen's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
Tom Pelsoczi added Wathen's

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21 33
Cavalry Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
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23 110
Big House is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
MattSchwarck added Big House

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68 259
Hogs 3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bourbon Brands
wiabux added Hogs 3