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The Best Bourbon Brands Of 2022

We talked to experts to find out the best buys and most flavorful bottlings.

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Sarah Ceniceros

Nothing beats a nice glass of bourbon, a type of whiskey often associated with Kentucky. (We have a bourbon explainer for all you newbies!)

Whether you're enjoying it on the rocks, served neat, or mixed into a classic bourbon cocktail like an old fashioned or a mint julep, a good bottle of bourbon is worth the investment. But bourbon isn't just for the bar cart. At Delish, we splash it into everything from sweet-savory slow-cooked chicken wings to decadent dark chocolate-bourbon pecan pie. That's because the best bourbons deliver big, soaring notes of vanilla, oak, and caramel—flavors that enhance all of the dishes and drinks above.

Not sure which bottles are best for you? We went to the experts for recommendations on the best bourbon brands.

Our top picks

How we picked these products

Our roster of bourbon experts includes some of the best bartenders, bar managers, and restaurant partners from around the country.

“When shopping for bourbon, people should consider the length of age of the bottle," said Bar Manager Brittany Lack of gaming bar Electric Shuffle in Dallas, T.X. "The longer the bourbon was aged, the more smoke from the wood it picks up, the bolder the flavor is."

"Bourbon is the way to go to ease your way into whiskeys, as it's enjoyable and not as spicy as rye, which is also the reason some [incorrectly] people think all whiskeys are spicy," added Head Bartender Bobby Leonardo of stylish New York City Thai spot, Wayla. Made from corn, bourbon has a sweeter profile than rye.

In addition to considering a bourbon's aging period, we also looked for bottles with a variety of flavor profiles, that can be enjoyed neat or mixed in a cocktail, and are suitable for both bourbon aficionados and novices, alike.

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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Woodford Reserve
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon
Redwood Empire
Willett Pot Still Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon
Wild Turkey
Willett Noah's Mill Bourbon
W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
W.L. Weller
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon
Elijah Craig
Wright & Brown Bourbon Whiskey
Wright & Brown Distilling Company
Castle & Key Small Batch Bourbon
Castle & Key
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