25 Best Bourbons in the US Right Now

Source: Courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

15. William Larue Weller
> ABV: 62.65%
> Average price: $800 (suggested list price $99)

Undiluted, unfiltered, and hand-bottled, Buffalo Trace’s William Larue Weller is a true masterpiece. It’s a wheated bourbon, and the 2021 release was aged for 12 years and six months before being bottled at 125.3 proof. Look for crème brûlée on the nose, cherry and toasted graham crackers on the palate, and herbs and oak on the finish.

Source: Courtesy of Four Roses Bourbon

14. 2021 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
> ABV: 57.20%
> Average price: $150 (by lottery only)

The 2021 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch was made by blending four delicately nuanced bourbons ranging in age from 12 to 16 years. It’s non-chill-filtered and bottled at barrel strength, 114.2 proof. It has ripe berries and warm oak on the nose and plum, orange peel, and warm spices on the palate.

Source: Courtesy of Wild Turkey Bourbon

13. Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel
> ABV: 50.50%
> Average price: $60

Wild Turkey’s famed Kentucky Spirit is a great value for the money. Aged eight years and bottled at 101 proof, it’s a complex, full-bodied, and intense spirit, with rich vanilla, almond, and honey flavors and a hint of sweetness. The finish is long and smooth.

Source: Courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

12. Blanton’s Straight From The Barrel (Barrel No. 159)
> ABV: 65.15%
> Average price: $400

Blanton’s was the first-ever single-barrel bourbon to be sold commercially, in 1984, and it’s still among the best ones on the market. This particular bottle was drawn from barrel #159, and it’s undiluted and unfiltered (it’s pulled straight from the barrel, after all). It has dark chocolate and hazelnut on the nose and vanilla, oak, toasted nuts, and hints of butterscotch on the palate.

Source: Courtesy of Kentucky Peerless

11. Peerless Double Oak Bourbon
> ABV: 53.55%
> Average price: $134

Louisville’s Peerless Distilling Co.’s Double Oak is aged in two new oak casks (hence the name), and the flavor is rich and nuanced: The first sip is honey-sweet, then cinnamony, oaky, and spicy. The second sip adds leather to the mix, and the finish is sweet and oaky, with a slightly viscous mouth-feel.

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