10 Bourbons Our Whiskey-Loving Food and Drinks Editor Swears By

Because a little bit of bourbon makes everything better.

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Whether you like sipping it neat or using it in your favorite cocktails, bourbon is a just slightly sweet, smooth, and versatile spirit that works for any season. Here are our picks for the 10 best bourbons you'll want to stock up on this summer. Who's ready for a mint julep?

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Widow Jane Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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Widow Jane​ 10-Year Bourbon

$70.00

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Made from 10-year, barrel-aged Kentucky whiskey that's then cut to proof with limestone-rich water sourced from the Catskills, Widow Jane 10-Year Bourbon is one of the most complex and delicious spirits to come from the Brooklyn-based distillery. Sip this bourbon neat or on the rocks — you'll want to savor every sip.

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Angel's Envy Bourbon

$47.00

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Angel's Envy is aged in small batches and then finished in ruby port wine casks for up to 6 months, which gives this handcrafted bourbon a gorgeous reddish amber hue. We taste subtle notes of vanilla and berries in this bourbon, and we love sipping it neat.

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Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old
Elijah Craig
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old

$40.67

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A high-quality small-batch bourbon with a distinctly charred flavor, Elijah Craig has a rich smoky flavor and nice depth. We prefer this 12-year-old aged option over the flagship bottle for its depth and maturity, but you really can't go wrong.

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Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon
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Old Forester​ 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon​

$69.00

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An homage to the Prohibition Era, Old Forester 1920 is a recreation of the distillery's prescription-strength 115-proof bourbon whiskey that was allowed during Prohibition for medicinal reasons. We think a few swigs of this spicy and complex bourbon will cure whatever ails you. It also makes a damn good Father's Day gift!

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Woodford Reserve Bourbon

$42.00

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Made from whiskey barrels that have been aged for a minimum of 6 years, Woodford Reserve is a slightly creamier and more sophisticated sipping bourbon that tastes damn delicious poured neat.

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Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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With a light peppery body and a slightly spicy warming finish, Basil Hayden's gets our vote for most sophisticated bourbon. The clean and simple vintage-inspired label also makes this a perfect housewarming or birthday gift for your whiskey-loving friends.

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Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon

$56.79

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If you're looking to impress your in-laws from Kentucky or any whiskey aficionado, you'll need a bottle of Blanton's Single Barrel. Citrusy, woodsy, and sweet, this is a special sipper you should reserve for equally special sipping occasions.

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Knob Creek Original Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

$41.00

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With powerful notes of maple, caramel, and oak, Knob Creek is an unapologetically big and bold bourbon that works wonders in dark spirit-based cocktails like a classic Manhattan.

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Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky

$31.00

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Smooth and balanced with an easy finish, Maker's Mark is not only approachable for any palate, but it also happens to be super affordable. If you're looking for a classic Kentucky bourbon that's reliable and easy to sip, you can never go wrong with ordering a Maker's on the rocks.

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Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey

$29.00

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If you're bamboozled by the bourbon selection at your liquor store but looking for a reliable and versatile bottle for a party, Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey won't let you down. It's surprisingly smooth sipped neat, as a pickleback shot, or in mixed drinks.

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