Best Bourbon

Contrary to popular belief bourbon doesn’t need to be made in Bourbon County, Kentucky. In fact, my favorite bourbon of the moment is produced just outside Austin, Texas. Any whiskey can be called a “bourbon” if it meets the following criteria:

  • Produced in the United States
  • Made from a mixture of grains that is at least 51% corn
  • Aged in new production charred oak barrels

Surprisingly, there is no aging requirement to be called a “bourbon.” However, the designation “Straight Bourbon” means that the alcohol has been aged in the barrel for a minimum of two years.

This list catalogs all of the whiskey that we have reviewed so far, ordered by rating and price.


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Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Double Barreled Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(5) -
$100

Dennings Point Distillery - Beacon Small Batch

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(5) -
$59.49

Tahwahkaro - Four Grain

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(5) -
$54.99

Few Spirits - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Illinois

Rating:(5) -
$51

Kings County Distillery - Peated Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(5) -
$50

Tuthilltown Spirits - Hudson Baby Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(5) -
$46

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(5) -
$45

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(5) -
$44.99

Balcones - Texas Pot Still

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(5) -
$?????

RockFilter Distillery - Rail Splitter Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Minnesota

Rating:(4.5) -
$70

Ranger Creek - .36 Caliber Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4.5) -
$49.99

Four Roses - Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4.5) -
$28.99

Black Button - Pre-Prohibition Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(4.5) -
$?????

Barrell - Craft Spirits Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$249.99

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Distillery Reserve Series Four Grain Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$150

Good Times - Barrel Strength Blackberry Finished Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Indiana

Rating:(4) -
$99.99

Old Forester - Single Barrel Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$83.99

Garrison Brothers - Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$73.65

Pacific Coast Spirits - California Triticale Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, California

Rating:(4) -
$70

Treaty Oak - Single Barrel Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$69.99

Kings County Distillery - Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(4) -
$69

Blanton's - Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$66.99

Bardstown Bourbon Company - Fusion Series #5 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$60

Albany Distilling Co. - Ironweed Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(4) -
$60

Nevada H&C Distilling - Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Nevada

Rating:(4) -
$59.99

Old Forester - 1910 Old Fine Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$54.99

Yellow Rose - Outlaw Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$52.99

Koval - Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Illinois

Rating:(4) -
$51

Molly Brown Spirits - High Rye Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Colorado

Rating:(4) -
$49.99

Redemption - Wheated Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(4) -
$44.99

Fire Oak - Texas Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$44

Rock Town - Golden Promise Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Arkansas

Rating:(4) -
$43.99

Rock Town - Chocolate Malt Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Arkansas

Rating:(4) -
$43.99

Chattanooga Whiskey - Cask 111

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Tennessee

Rating:(4) -
$41.99

Kooper Family - Sweetheart of the Rodeo Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$39.99

Still The One - 914 Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(4) -
$39.99

Watershed Distillery - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(4) -
$39.99

Old Forester - 1870 Original Batch

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$37.99

Legent - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$36

Woodford Reserve - Distillers Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$33.99

Iron Wolf - Select Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$33.99

Makers Mark - 46

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30.99

Buffalo Trace - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30

W.L. Weller - Special Reserve

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30

Jack Daniels - Bonded Tennessee Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Tennessee

Rating:(4) -
$29.99

Redemption - High Rye Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(4) -
$25.99

Devils River - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$24.99

Jim Beam - Old Tub

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$20.99

Alamo Distilling Co - Alamo Bourbon Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$20.49

Old Forester - 86 Proof

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$19

Jim Beam - Double Oak

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$18.99

Jim Beam - Devil's Cut

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$18.99

Evan Williams - White Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$16.99

J.T.S. Brown - Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$15.99

Evan Williams - 1783 Small Batch

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$13.99

Evan Williams - Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$12

Kings County Distillery - 6-Year Blender's Reserve

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(3.5) -
$125

Tuthilltown Spirits - Hudson Bright Lights, Big Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(3.5) -
$46

Traverse City Whiskey Co. - XXX Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Michigan

Rating:(3.5) -
$45.99

Garrison Brothers - Balmorhea

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$229.99

Kentucky Par - 12 Year

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$129.99

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Monster Mash

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$100

Joseph Magnus - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, District of Columbia

Rating:(3) -
$99.99

Barrell - Bourbon Single Barrel

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$99.99

Kings County Distillery - Wine-Finished Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(3) -
$80

Rabbit Hole - Dareringer PX Sherry Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$75.99

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Cask Strength Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$65

Belle Meade - Reserve Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$59.99

Rabbit Hole - Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$59.99

Molly Brown Spirits - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Colorado

Rating:(3) -
$54.99

Blade & Bow - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$50

Cleveland Whiskey - Underground Select Bourbon Finished with Black Cherry Wood

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(3) -
$49.99

Ironroot Republic - Promethean

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$44.99

Woodford Reserve - Double Oaked Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$44

Finger Lakes Distilling - McKenzie Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(3) -
$41.99

Great Jones - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(3) -
$41.99

Michter's - US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$40

Bulleit - 10 Year Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$39.99

Black Ridge - Port Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$39.99

Witherspoon - Texas Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$38.92

Woodinville - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Washington

Rating:(3) -
$38.49

Wild Turkey - Longbranch

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$35.99

Belle Meade - Sour Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$34.99

Basil Hayden's - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$32.99

Lockwood Distilling Co - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$32.49

Chattanooga Whiskey - 91

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Tennessee

Rating:(3) -
$31.49

Catskill Distilling Co - The Most Righteous Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(3) -
$29.99

Agitator - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, California

Rating:(3) -
$29.99

Bulleit - Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$27.99

Makers Mark - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Evan Williams - Single Barrel Vintage

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Treaty Oak - Day Drinker Texas Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$22

Old Forester - 100 Proof

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$21.99

Early Times - Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(3) -
$20.49

First Call - Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$18.99

Jim Beam - Black

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$18.49

Old Grand-Dad - 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$16

Oak Cliff - Texas Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$15.49

J.T.S. Brown - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$13

Ezra Brooks - Kentucky Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$11.99

Balcones - Texas High Rye

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$?????

Jefferson's - Reserve Very Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2.5) -
$49.99

Treaty Oak - Ghost Hill Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(2.5) -
$43.99

Breckenridge - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Colorado

Rating:(2.5) -
$37.99

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(2) -
$90

Widow Jane - 10 Year

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(2) -
$69.99

Jefferson's - Ocean Aged at Sea Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(2) -
$69.99

Old Forester - Statesman

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$54.99

Put-In-Bay - Island Bourbon Single Barrel

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(2) -
$49.99

Willett - Pot Still Reserve Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$42.99

Black Dirt Distillery - Crown Maple Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(2) -
$41.45

Clyde Mays - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(2) -
$37.99

Knob Creek - Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$35.99

Red River - Red River Pinot Noir Finished

Bourbon Whiskey

Rating:(2) -
$34.99

Noble Oak - Double Oak Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(2) -
$34.99

3 Howls - Backbeat Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Washington

Rating:(2) -
$29.99

Black Ridge - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$29.99

Firestone & Robertson - TX Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(2) -
$29

Elijah Craig - Small Batch

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$26.99

Blackland Distillery - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(2) -
$26.99

WG&S - Fistful of Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(2) -
$25.25

Wild Turkey - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$23

Two Stars - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$19.99

Luxco - Rebel Yell

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$18

Paddleford Creek - Small Batch Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Minnesota

Rating:(2) -
$17.99

Jim Beam - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$16.49

Hayes Parker - Reserve Original Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, South Carolina

Rating:(2) -
$10.99

Black Eagle - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Minnesota

Rating:(2) -
$10.99

Kentucky Tavern - Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$7.99

Coville - Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$40

Cleveland Whiskey - Wheat Penny 1958 Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(1) -
$39.99

Cleveland Whiskey - The Eighty Seven Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Ohio

Rating:(1) -
$28.99

Old Crow - Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$14.49

McAfee - Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$14

Barton Brands - Colonel Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Straight Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$8.99

Landry Stakes - Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Review In Progress
Author: Nick Leghorn

Key West Trading Co. - Smugglers Choice Bourbon Whiskey

Review In Progress
Author: Dan Trares

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co - Bourbon

Review In Progress
Author: Nick Leghorn

Hirsch - The Horizon

Review In Progress
Author: Dan Trares

Jeppson's - Bourbon

Review In Progress
Author: Dan Trares