American Whiskey/Bourbon

Bourbon is a type of American whiskey. Made only in the United States, bourbon has a strong association with the American South with production originating historically in Kentucky. A versatile corn-based spirit, bourbon can be served straight, over ice, diluted with water, mixed with soda or in popular cocktails like the Manhattan or the Old Fashioned. Distilled at no more than 160 proof and aged for at least 2 years, bourbon, by definition, cannot be altered with any additives to enhance its flavor or alter its color. The single-use charred white oak barrels used to age bourbon, give the spirit a unique smoky yet sweet taste, making it a great addition for cooking. Our bourbon reviews will give you a general idea of what to expect from bourbon and will help you find the best bourbon to suit your needs. Browse our database of bourbon reviews and ratings, or add your own reviews for an existing selection.

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Angels Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  1. $46
A beautiful, mouthwatering newcomer to the whiskey scene. Named for the “angel’s share,” the portion that evaporates from the barrel during the aging process, this golden amber spirit is finished in Port barrels, which explains those juicy red-fruit notes that slide into the long finish. Look for orange peel, vanilla and roasted nut flavors, too.  — K.N.  (7/1/2012)
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Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  1. $41
Dark honey color, lushly aromatic, fragrance like a bouquet of wildflowers: honeysuckle and clover. Viscous and luxurious on the tongue, it offers bold flavors of dark toffee, lots of oak, and finishes with bitter almond and a touch of raisin. Mellow; hardly any bite when chilled, which makes it highly sippable, almost like Cognac.  — K.N.  (9/1/2010)
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Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  1. $30
Complex and addictive. Scents of cinnamon, hazelnuts, and dried fruit precede big flavors: cinnamon spice, raisinated and plummy, like Madeira or Sherry. Long finish, with a bit of a bite.  — K.N.  (9/1/2010)
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Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary

  1. $125
Made from a blend of very rare 13- to 16-year-old whiskies, this bottling pays tribute to Master Distiller Jimmy Russell’s 60 years at the Wild Turkey Distillery. This light, silky Bourbon shows lots of vanilla-maple and brown sugar flavors accented by a hint of peach, and tapers off delicately, with clove, cinnamon, ginger and burnt orange peel notes on the finish.  — K.N.  (9/1/2014)
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Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 20 Years Old

  1. $100
Dark, spicy-sweet, deep vanilla aroma, and unlike many Bourbons, it tastes just like it smells. Medium to heavy body, with a mellow, lingering finish. Great sipper on a blustery night.  — K.N.  (9/1/2010)
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W.L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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  1. $17
Deep bronze hue. Mature aromas of lanolin, almond oil and creamed corn greet the olfactory sense; aeration unleashes full-throttle scents of toasty oak and vanilla extract: a top-notch Bourbon bouquet. Palate entry is dry, complex and toasty; midpalate offers sweet, grainy tastes of Wheat Thins, oil and sap. Aftertaste is oaky, sweet and intensely grainy. Another…  — P.P.  (12/15/2002)
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Booker’s 7-Year, 11-Month Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. B96-L

  1. $50
A first-rate, multilayered bouquet that includes notes of cocoa, cigar tobacco and paraffin with aromas of caramel corn, cotton candy, oak and tapioca. The palate entry features tastes of spice, buttered corn, bacon fat and cream; the midpalate displays traces of butterscotch, nougat, sap, maple and vanilla. Finishes spirity and biscuity. Add water to reduce the…  — P.P.  (12/15/2005)
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Michter’s 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey

  1. $70
The first aromas are strong, nutty, and mocha-like; further sniffings pick up deep-seeded scents of walnut, new leather, flax-fiber and soft cheese. The sweet and honeyed flavor profile bursts onto the tongue in the entry stage, then turns drier, grape seed-like, and woodier at midpalate. Ends up incredibly honeyed. A tour-de-force rye whiskey that delivers at…  — P.P.  (6/1/2005)
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