As the year comes to an end, the list of best bourbons of 2021 continues to pour in. This list comes from Liquor.com.
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Best Overall: Henry Mckenna Single Barrel
Aged in oak barrels, this bourbon is the only extra-aged bottled-in-bond single barrel bourbon for a smooth, high-quality taste.
Best Value: Maker’s Mark
Expect to pay no more than around $30 a bottle, which is quite reasonable for something so versatile, complex, and well crafted.
Best for Sipping: Widow Jane 10 Year
The distillery’s signature 10-year-old bourbon presents a nose of nutmeg, cream, vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon.
Best Kentucky Bourbon: Evan Williams Single Barrel
This reasonably-priced single barrel is big, balanced, spicy and sweet, and enjoys a backbone of honey and citrus.
Best Tennessee Bourbon: Heaven’s Door
Created in partnership with Bob Dylan, this is an award-winning line of stylish Tennessee straight, double barrel, and straight rye whiskey.
Best Under $50: Four Roses Single Barrel
Straight-up or on the rocks, it carries a delicate and lengthy finish that’s surprisingly nuanced.
Best Under $100: Willett Noah’s Mill
Pops of cinnamon and allspice leap out of this bourbon, flanked by mellow yeast, a little oak, and inviting vanilla.
Best High-Proof: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel
The deep char of the barrels and the strong ABV result in an assertive bourbon that has deep notes of fruit, chocolate, and smoke.
Best Barrel Strength: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
It’s a go-to for its versatility (being equally sippable and mixable) and its affordability.
Best Wheated: Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch
It presents a superior value compared to more famous names, is a robust 88-proof, and is versatile with food pairings including beef and dessert.