Top 10 Bourbons for the Best Old Fashioned

Words By Brad Neathery

Creating the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail starts with selecting the right bourbon. The bourbon not only serves as the foundation but also influences the cocktail's overall flavor profile. Here's a list of the top 10 bourbons that are highly recommended for crafting the best Old Fashioned:

Buffalo Trace

A versatile favorite known for its balanced sweetness and notes of vanilla and caramel, making it an excellent base for an Old Fashioned.

Woodford Reserve

This high-proof bourbon offers rich flavors of dried fruits and spices, contributing to a complex and robust cocktail.

Oak & Eden Bourbon & Spire

Innovative with its in-bottle spire that continues to infuse flavors over time, this bourbon evolves, adding a unique dynamic to each drink.

Knob Creek

At 100 proof, Knob Creek provides the strength needed to stand up to the dilution of ice, adding depth with its woody and rich caramel notes.

Bulleit Bourbon

Popular for its high rye content, Bulleit adds a spicy kick to the Old Fashioned, complemented by sweet tones of maple and oak.

Four Roses Single Barrel

Known for its floral aroma and flavors of ripe plum and cherries, it brings a unique and flavorful twist to the traditional cocktail.

Maker’s Mark

With its softer flavor profile featuring sweet, creamy caramel and vanilla, Maker’s Mark creates a smoother, milder Old Fashioned.

Wild Turkey 101

This bourbon stands out with its high proof and bold flavors, including notes of honey, butter, and a hint of orange, which add a vibrant kick to the cocktail.

Eagle Rare

This bourbon offers a complex array of flavors with hints of toffee, honey, and toasted oak, making for a sophisticated Old Fashioned.

Rittenhouse Rye

While not a bourbon, Rittenhouse Rye deserves mention for its robust and spicy profile that makes a bold, flavorful Old Fashioned.

Words By Brad Neathery