Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

As the year comes to an end, the list of best bourbons of 2021 continues to pour in.  This list comes from Whiskeybon.com, a whiskey blog website.

Tasting Parameters:

Well, this is a list of our personal preferences for what we enjoy the most but many of the choices do correlate positively with popular opinion.

Seven best bourbons that are not easily obtained: 

  1. WL Weller
  2. George T Stagg
  3. Pappy Van Winkle 15
  4. Pappy Van Winkle 23
  5. Four Roses Al Young
  6. Michter’s 20
  7. Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel

Nine best bourbons that are obtainable:

  1. Weller 12
  2. 1792 Full Proof
  3. Rebel Yell 10
  4. Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10
  5. Old Forester 1920
  6. Blanton’s Gold
  7. Blanton’s SFTB
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
  9. Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition

Two best budget bourbons:

  1. Four Roses Single Barrel
  2. Eagle Rare 10

Individual Awards:

Best Overall:

  • W.L Weller (BTAC)

Best High Age (15 years +):

  • Pappy Van Winkle 23

Best Pound for Pound:

  • Weller 12

Best Value Budget Bourbon:

  • Eagle Rare 10

Best Barrel Proof:

  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Best for First-Timers:

  • Buffalo Trace

Best from Small Craft Distillery:

  • Kings County Distillery Barrel Proof

Best Single Barrel:

  • Four Roses Single Barrel

Best Small Batch:

  • Elijah Craig 12

Best Bottled in Bond:

  • Colonel EH Taylor Bottled In Bond

Best Wheated:

  • Rebel Yell 10

Best High Rye:

  • Wild Turkey 101

Best Smooth Bourbon:

  • Blanton’s Gold Edition

Best Non-KentuckyBourbon:

  • Balcones Baby Corn

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