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Top 10 Bourbon

Bourbon. The ultimate crowd-pleaser. The Kentucky wonder. If you haven’t found your favorite bottle just yet, these top ten bourbons are a great place to start.

From hot and spicy to sweet and floral, different styles, ages, and brands of best-rated bourbons will keep you a good company.

Discover the delicious American spirit that has filled our hearts, and our glasses, to the brim. If you are tempted to get to know whiskey from all over the world, check our list of best 10 whiskeys!

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  1. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B521 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof118.2 (59.1% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Following the defeat of the British at the Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War, the territory west of the Appalachian mountains became known as Kentucky County. At the time, the territory was considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. In order to encourage westward expansion, Virginia issued pioneers who agreed to settle in Kentucky County "corn writs," which granted the pioneers 60 acres of land if they agreed to settle in Kentucky and start farming corn.

    One year after the defeat of the British, a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig emigrated to Fayette County (today, a part of the State of Kentucky) and purchased 1,000 acres of land in a town named Lebanon. In 1789, Craig built a distillery on his farm and is credited with being the first person to mature bourbon in charred, oak casks, earning him the title "Father of Bourbon Whiskey." Elijah Craig has become a household name in the world of bourbon, and not without reason.

    Made in the same tradition as Elijah Craig’s other award-winning bourbons, Barrel Proof is without a shadow of a doubt an essential experience for bourbon lovers: aged 12 years, uncut, straight from the barrel, and non-chill filtered. The proof for each barrel varies from batch to batch, making each bottle unique. The first letter of each batch number indicates which of that year’s releases the bottle was a part of. Beginning with “A,” the second digit determines the month the bottle was released, followed by the year. Typically released 3 times each year, Batch B521 was the second batch of 2021 that was released in May. Bottled at 118.2 proof, it offers a classic bourbon taste profile and a deceptively smooth drinking experience.

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    The nose opens sweet with caramel, candy, charred oak, and hints of nuts. The palate is sweet and oaky with brown sugar, toffee, and leather. The long finish is deceptively smooth with a balance of sweetness and spice with a lingering dark chocolate richness.
    $187.99
  2. Cooperstown Select Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof100 (50% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Based in Otsego County, New York, Cooperstown Distillery crafts delicious whiskeys that are distilled on their custom-made stills from grains that are almost exclusively sourced from New York State farms. Cooperstown Select Straight Bourbon Whiskey is no different. Blended with pure water from Lake "Glimmerglass" and matured on-site in carefully-selected oak casks for at least 3 years, the bourbon is distilled from a 4-grain mash bill that only employs New York State grains. Soft and delicate, the 100-proof whiskey received the "Liquid Gold" award from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible in 2019 and 2020.

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    This bourbon is delicate and soft despite being 100 proof. Look for aromas of fruit, chocolate, and cedar forest. The palate is gently sweet, creamy, and oaky with leather, chocolate, citrus zest, and hints of nuttiness. The finish is long and smooth with lingering notes.
    $66.99
  3. Penelope Bourbon Toasted Series Barrel Strength Batch 80

    Proof115 (57.5% ABV)
    Size750mL
    In 2018 Mike Paladini and his wife Kerry had a daughter named Penelope. Their bourbon label was created in her honor. Founded with their close friend and Kerry's childhood neighbor Danny Polise, Polise and Paladini distill and age their products in Indiana at MGP using the expert blending and bottling assistance from Castle Rock in Kentucky with Speyside Cooperage providing high-quality American oak casks for finishing the spirits. This award-winning enterprise currently has two bourbons in their regular lineup, their flagship four-grain straight bourbon, and its barrel-strength counterpart.

    This Penelope Straight Bourbon is a blend of 3 bourbon mash bills sourced from MGP Ingredients, Inc. comprised of four grains (corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley) non-chill-filtered, the barrels it’s rested in have a #4 char while the heads have a #2 char. This approachable bourbon has an impeccable balance that has earned it several accolades, including a Double Gold Medal at the SIP Awards.

    Based on their signature 4-grain straight bourbon recipe, the Toasted Series "explores new chars & toasts". After the whiskey has been matured in charred new American oak casks, it is finished in a new, freshly toasted barrel. Every batch is unique, featuring a different blend of the 3 bourbon mash bills and different custom chars and toasts. Only the finest barrels get selected by hand for the Toasted Series.

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    The nose is pleasantly sweet with inviting aromas of butterscotch, hints of spice, and floral undertones. The palate is creamy with caramel, vanilla, and oak, culminating in a long and gently warming finish.
    $90.99
  4. Sourland Mountain Spirits Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Sourland Mountain Spirits Small Batch Jersey Bourbon is distilled, aged, and bottled in New Jersey from a mash bill of 71% corn, 17% rye, and 12% malted barley. After being matured in hand-selected new American oak casks, the bourbon is bottled at 90 proof. Look for notes of charred oak, vanilla, honey, tobacco, star anise, and black pepper. The whiskey won a Bronze Medal from the American Distilling Institute in 2020.

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    The nose opens with aromas of vanilla, honey, fruit, and charred oak. The palate is mellow with prominent vanilla, caramel, tobacco, star anise, black pepper, and hints of stone fruits. The finish is medium in length.
    $51.99
  5. Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof95 (47.5% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    83%
    4
    Rabbit Hole Distilling, founded by Kaveh Zamanian, produces a beautiful range of award-winning spirits. While their bespoke 24 ft Vendome Copper & Brass still, is being custom-built only a few blocks from their distillery, their Bourbon and Rye whiskeys are 100% Kentucky made, crafted to create a unique drinking experience. They produced their first barrel from their very own mix of carefully selected grains, which are mashed and fermented at ideal temperatures to preserve certain precise flavors and aromas, before being distilled without compromise.

    This new whiskey commemorates the rebranding of Rabbit Hole’s core range paying tribute to influential figures in Louisville. This straight bourbon edition captures the spirit of Christian Heigold, a German who immigrated to Louisville in 1850. As a stonecutter Heigold built a mansion in The Point neighborhood of the city, decorating it with patriotic carvings and epigrams, including a bust of President James Buchanan.

    Rabbit Hole’s Heigold, a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey made with a high percentage of imported German malted rye. Distilled from 70% corn, 25% malted rye, and 5% malted barley, aged for just under four years in toasted and charred new oak barrels. Strong and bold, this super-premium bourbon offers initial butterscotch and toasted malt tones before leading into a burst of refreshing citrus notes and finishing with comforting pepper spice.

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    Initial butterscotch and toasted malt tones before leading into a burst of refreshing citrus notes and finishing with comforting pepper spice.
    $57.99
  6. Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof101 (50.5% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    1
    Following the end of the American Civil War, the Ripy Brothers returned to their native state of Kentucky and together, opened a distillery on the slopes of a hill in Lawrenceburg. The distillery operated continuously for nearly fifty years until the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States, was ratified. Following the end of Prohibition, the Ripy Brothers Distillery was reopened and a distillery executive named Thomas McCarthy took samples of maturing Whiskey from the distillery on a turkey hunt with a group of friends. The next year, his friends asked him to bring "some of that wild turkey Whiskey" on their next hunt, giving birth to the distillery's new name.

    Today, Wild Turkey Distillery is stewarded by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell (together, the pair have over 90 years of experience producing bourbon). "I was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky," says Jimmy, "which was a small community when I was growing up, but there were four bourbon distilleries here, and you had families working all the distilleries. You wanted to get in the business. My grandfather and my father, me, and now my son, we've all been in the business."

    Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is crafted from a mash of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malt barley. Once the grains arrive at the distillery, they are milled and mashed before being fermented and distilled through Wild Turkey's copper pot stills.

    Following distillation, the bourbon is aged in American oak casks that have been charred with a #4 char. Then, Jimmy Russell personally selects casks that have matured for approximately nine years to be bottled individually. As a result of being bottled from a single cask as opposed to a batch of barrels, each bottle of Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is completely unique and entirely interesting.

    Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has hints of tobacco, honey and caramel on the nose. Full-bodied notes of nutmeg, citrus, brown sugar and leather dominate the palate, and lead to a finish accented by hints of vanilla, mint and pepper.

    The bourbon earned a score of 96-100 points from Wine Enthusiast and the Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In addition, it was named one of the ten best bourbons by Gayot.

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    Aroma of tobacco, honey and caramel. Full-bodied notes of nutmeg, citrus, brown sugar and leather dominate the palate. Finish accented by hints of vanilla, mint and pepper.
    $67.99
  7. High West A Midwinter Nights Dram

    Proof98.6 (49.3% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    80%
    1
    Situated at the bottom of the Quitting Time Ski Run in Park City, High West Distillery & Saloon is the first distillery in Utah since Prohibition and the only ski-in gastro-distillery in the world. "We wanted to call High West a "saloon", says David Perkins, High West's founder, "because we wanted to pay homage to the history of saloons in the old West and the important role they played in each and every town that had one. The saloon was the main meeting place where town hall was held, important announcements were made, and people went to eat and drink. We want people to share that sense of community and friendship over High West."

    High West A Midwinter Nights Dram is a limited edition rye whiskey just released by High West Distillery. The whiskey is made from a marriage of six year-old rye whiskey (made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley) and sixteen year old-rye whiskey (made from a mash of 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt). After the rye whiskies were married together, they were finished in French oak barrels and barrels that were previously used to mature port. "The rye forms a beautiful vanilla, caramel and cinnamon base, the port barrels add plums and dried fruits, and the French Oak adds a spice accent," says Perkins. "It tastes like a proper Christmas plum pudding with lovely mulling spices, dried fruits and crème Anglaise. We knew this was just perfect in the middle of a long cold winter."

    High West A Midwinter Nights Dram is a limited edition whiskey, and we have only a handful of bottles available.

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    Bold aroma of cherries, with undertones of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. Notes of Christmas plum pudding, dried fruits and mulling spices on the palate. Long and fruity finish, with notes of cherries and cr
    $276.99
  8. Maker's Mark Handmade Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    93%
    2
    Maker’s Mark Handmade Kentucky Straight Bourbon On October 1, 1953, William Samuels Sr. purchased Burks Distillery, which was situated in Loretto, Kentucky, for $35,000. Five years later, the distillery released the first bottles of Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky, which featured the distillery’s distinctive red wax seal.

    The distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1980. Made from a mash of corn, wheat, and malted barley, Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (spelled without an “e” to honor the Samuels family’s Scottish heritage) manages to marry large-scale, global production with a rich tradition in a way that few other distilleries can rival. The actual “makers” of Maker’s Mark still rotate the barrels in the distillery’s warehouses, bottle the whisky and dip the bottles in wax — all by hand.

    Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon is highly distinct from the majority of other bourbons on the market which are made from a mash of malted barley, rye, and corn. Wheat serves as the replacement for rye in the recipe. This 'wheated' bourbon, is crafted from red winter wheat, and bottled at 90 proof.

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    Bourbon spice, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and malt on the nose. The palate echoes the nose with notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon spice, orchard fruits and subtle citrus. The finish is long and dry with notes of corn, caramel, and oak.
    $25.99
  9. Mr Peabody Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Dumbass Whiskey is practically a one-man outfit, run by Peter "Peabody" Spicer. After job-hopping for 20 years, he found his calling in the spirits business. Mr. Peabody Bourbon Whiskey, named after Spicer, is a small-batch bourbon that's distilled from a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley. Bottled at 90 proof, it's a sweet and smooth spirit with a versatile taste profile that's equally suited for sipping neat, over ice, or usage in cocktails.

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    The bourbon opens with fruit, citrus zest, graham crackers, and a touch of mint. There's grain, toasted oats, honey, and orchard fruit on the sweet palate with a touch of baking spice. The finish is smooth with just a touch of heat.
    $26.99