Our ratings are value driven. Doesn’t matter how good something is if you can’t get your hands on it.
A: An Excellent Bourbon - If you see this, grab a bottle, even if you weren’t looking for bourbon.
Examples: Blantons, E.H. Taylor, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
B: An Above Average Bourbon - This is a good bourbon and you’ll probably enjoy it. You don’t need to go out of your way to keep it in stock, but it’s a solid choice for a daily drinker, or a regular cocktail ingredient.
Examples: Makers Mark, Wild Turkey 101, Four Roses Small Batch
C: An Average Bourbon: This is an ok bourbon that you probably wouldn’t mind. Often, these will be better as a cocktail ingredient or on the rocks, but a few of them might make ok sippers.
Examples: Jim Beam, Widow Jane, Evan Williams Black
D: A Below Average Bourbon - These bourbons are just unappealing. If this is your choice, find something else to drink. A lot of your rail bourbons will live here. You might be able to mask it behind strong cocktail ingredients, but steer clear.
Examples: Old Crow, Early Times, Virginia Gentleman
F: Run Away. This isn't drinkable -What the hell is this? Shame on you.
Examples: Clyde May’s Alabama Style Special Reserve, Yukon Jack