25 Best Bourbons in the US Right Now

Source: Courtesy of Jim Beam Distillery

25. Booker’s Bourbon 2021 Batch 3, Bardstown Batch
> ABV: 62.75%
> Average price: $90

This cask-strength bourbon (meaning that it hasn’t been diluted with water) from Jim Beam is the third Booker’s batch of 2021, and is named after the hometown of longtime Beam master distiller Booker Noe. This batch was aged for about six years and five months, and clocks in at a potent 62.75% ABV. It has a ton of character, with nuttiness and cinnamon apples on the nose and cinnamon, spice, and coffee notes on the palate.

Source: Courtesy of Michter's Distillery

24. Bomberger’s Declaration (Michter’s)
> ABV: 54%
> Average price: $90

This Kentucky straight bourbon, a part of the Michter’s Legacy Series, honors the legacy of Bomburger’s, the distillery that was renamed Michter’s in the mid-1900s. It’s aged in barrels of Chinquapin oak that have been air-dried for three years, and is 54% alcohol by volume. There’s toast, caramel, and plum on the nose, and it’s remarkably smooth on the palate, with notes of burnt sugar and chocolate.

Source: Courtesy of Limestone Branch

23. Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon 101
> ABV: 50.50%
> Average price: $115

Limestone Branch has released a limited-edition bourbon called Yellowstone Limited Edition every year since 2015, and this year’s is a 101-proof blend of a 7-year-old bourbon finished in Italian amarone barrels and 15-year-old aged bourbon. The amarone lends its flavors of cherry, black currant, and oxidized fruits, and the aged bourbon adds caramel and vanilla notes. The distillery notes that the sweet cherry and black currant finish is reminiscent of pre-Prohibition bourbons.

Source: Courtesy of Dettling 1867

22. Dettling Small Batch Six Grain Bourbon
> ABV: 40%
> Average price: $40

Dettling is the first and only Straight Bourbon Whiskey to be produced in Alabama. It’s aged for at least two years in new American oak char #3 barrels, and has been praised for its smooth, approachable flavor. Six different grains are used in the mash, which is pretty uncommon, and as it’s only available in seven states and Washington, D.C. – and is a bargain compared to other whiskeys on this list – if you find a bottle, grab it.

Source: Courtesy of Stellum Bourbon

21. Stellum Bourbon
> ABV: 57.49%
> Average price: $55

Stellum’s award-winning bourbon (its prizes include a Gold Medal from the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition) actually involves three separate mash bills; it’s a blend of two high-rye bourbons and one almost exclusively made with corn. Older barrels from Kentucky and Tennessee are slowly folded in, and the end result is a complex bourbon with a flavor that unfolds as it moves across the palate, from sweet marshmallow to spicy cinnamon and black pepper to candied ginger and honey on the finish.

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