25 Best Bourbons in the US Right Now

Source: Courtesy of George Dickel

5. George Dickel Bottled in Bond, Spring 2007
> ABV: 50%
> Average price: $45

Made with a mash bill of 84% corn, 10% rye, and 6% malted barley, aged for 13 years, and bottled at 100 proof, George Dickel’s Spring 2007 is made with whisky (as they spell it) from the spring distilling season. It’s full of dried dark fruit on the nose, with flavors of butterscotch, oak, and dried cherries. It has great body, and is an excellent value.

Source: Courtesy of Heaven Hill Distillery

4. Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Aged, Spring 2021
> ABV: 50%
> Average price: $85

The seventh edition of Heaven Hill’s highly sought-after Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series is the youngest one yet; this eight year-old bourbon is comprised of barrels filled in 2013 and bottled in the spring of 2021. It sticks with Old Fitzgerald’s traditional wheated mash bill, and has lots of caramel on the nose, with toffee, vanilla, and baking spices on the palate.

Source: Courtesy of Michter’s

3. Michter’s 20-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon
> ABV: 57.10%
> Average price: $8,000

Michter’s master distiller Dan McKee pays special attention to barrels that have been aging for more than 17 years, as they consider those between 17 and 20 years old to hold the most promise for a truly extraordinary level of quality. Bottled at an astonishing 20 years old, Michter’s 20-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is made with barrels that have been personally selected by McKee, and this limited-release bourbon truly represents the cream of the crop. It’s intensely rich and flavorful, with notes of black cherry, molasses, honeysuckle, roasted pecans, and, of course, plenty of charred oak.

Source: Courtesy of Jim Beam

2. Little Book Chapter 5: “The Invitation”
> ABV: 58.40%
> Average price: $175 (suggested list price $125)

Little Book, an ongoing annual release from Jim Beam Distillery, is curated by Freddie Noe, son of Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe. The 2021 release, called “The Invitation,” is a unique blend of 2-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 3-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye Malt Whiskey, 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon and is bottled undiluted. The age range of the bourbons as well as spiciness from the rye serve to make this a truly fascinating whiskey, with cinnamon on the nose; earthy tobacco, cinnamon, and plenty of oak on the palate; and leather and lingering heat from the rye on the finish.

Source: Courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

1. Double Eagle Very Rare
> ABV: 50.50%
> Average price: $18,900

Tipping the scales at an eye-popping $18,900 per bottle, Buffalo Trace’s iconic Double Eagle Very Rare is as much a collector’s item as a simply great Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The reason for its high price tag? Aside from the container it comes in (which includes a silver box, crystal decanter, and two sculpted glass eagles), the whiskey itself has been aged for 20 years, and very few bottles were produced. Even though it spent two decades in wood, it’s surprisingly well-balanced, with vanilla, toasted oak, and caramel all singing in perfect harmony.

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