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25 Bourbon Brands Ranked Worst To Best

25. George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish

We’re not really sure what to think about this one. We love Tabasco sauce as much as the next person, but…in bourbon? One review notes that it “Tastes like sour chalk covered in Splenda.”

19. Sweetens Cove 2021 Release Bourbon

Sweetens Cove releases whiskeys in limited batches that tend to sell out fast. This particular 2021 batch of Tennessee bourbon has sweet, spice, oak and dark fruit flavors created from a blend of 16, six, and four-year aged whiskeys.

12. Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky

Ohanneson explains that “the wheat highlights and brightens the dominant corn flavors, and is softer and less spicy on the palate than bourbons made with rye as the secondary grain.” 

9. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon

Ohanneson says that, “The Hillrock Estate Distillery from the Hudson Valley in New York makes bourbons of great complexity with notes of stewed dark fruit and nutty tannins.

4. Old Forester 86 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

Ohanneson notes this has “traditional notes of caramel and orange peel” that are “joined by dried cherry and Christmas cake spices.” She suggests drinking this whisky “neat, over ice, with a splash of water, or in a cocktail.”

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