A prodigious 13 Bourbons made our Top 100 Spirits list this year. Those from Kentucky lead the way with six selections on this list, however it’s not the only state that can produce this hallmark American whiskey. Selections from California, Indiana, Texas and Tennessee are spotlighted as well, yet contenders in the style can come from anywhere within the country.
Bourbon must be made from a minimum 51% corn, distilled at no higher than 160 proof and bottled at a minimum of 40% alcohol by volume. It must be aged in new charred oak barrels, however the type of barrel is up to the discretion of the distiller.
Here are the 13 best Bourbons we tasted this year.