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 from this region that we have reviewed so far, ordered by rating and price.

Balcones - Texas Pot Still

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

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

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(5) -
$44.99

Tuthilltown Spirits - Hudson Baby Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(5) -
$46

Few Spirits - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Illinois

Rating:(5) -
$51

Tahwahkaro - Four Grain

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(5) -
$54.99

Evan Williams - Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$12

Evan Williams - White Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$16.99

Jim Beam - Double Oak

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$18.99

Old Forester - 86 Proof

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$19

Alamo Distilling Co - Alamo Bourbon Black Label

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$20.49

Devils River Distillery - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$24.99

Redemption - High Rye Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(4) -
$25.99

Buffalo Trace - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30

Makers Mark - 46

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$30.99

Woodford Reserve - Distillers Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$33.99

Jim Beam - Legent Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(4) -
$36

Kooper Family - Sweetheart of the Rodeo Straight Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$39.99

Fire Oak - Texas Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$44

Ranger Creek - .36 Caliber Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$49.99

Yellow Rose Distilling - Outlaw Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$52.99

Garrison Brothers - Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(4) -
$73.65

Traverse City Co. - XXX Straight Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Michigan

Rating:(3.5) -
$45.99

Balcones - Texas High Rye

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

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

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

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$13

Old Grand-Dad - 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Author: Nick Leghorn

Jim Beam - Black

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$18.49

Makers Mark - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Evan Williams - Single Barrel Vintage

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$25.99

Bulleit - Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(3) -
$27.99

Belle Meade - Sour Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$34.99

Mitcher's - US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$40

Woodford Reserve - Double Oaked Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(3) -
$44

Ironroot Republic - Promethean

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(3) -
$44.99

Treaty Oak - Ghost Hill Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(2.5) -
$43.99

Jim Beam - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$16.49

Luxco - Rebel Yell

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$18

Sazerac - Two Stars

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$19.99

Wild Turkey - Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$23

Elijah Craig - Small Batch

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$26.99

Premier 360 - Red River Pinot Noir Finished

Bourbon Whiskey

Rating:(2) -
$34.99

Clyde Mays - Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States

Rating:(2) -
$37.99

Black Dirt Distillery - Crown Maple Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(2) -
$41.45

Old Forester - Statesman

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(2) -
$54.99

Widow Jane - 10 Year

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, New York

Rating:(2) -
$69.99

Still Austin Whiskey Co. - Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Texas

Rating:(2) -
$90

Old Crow - Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$14.49

Coville - Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey | United States, Kentucky

Rating:(1) -
$40