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10 Best Aged Bourbon Brands To Try (2024 Edition)

Best Aged Bourbon

Last Updated on March 2, 2024 by Lydia Martin

If you’ve exhausted more of the younger whiskey expressions, it’s time to be a little oldie with matured spirits. 

While younger expressions can be mild and light, old-aged bourbons are more on a bold and rich profile.

If you’re looking for this or want to take a step forward to more complex whiskeys, we got you. 

Here, we have rounded up our highly recommended best aged bourbons that you ought to sip.   

Top 10 Aged Bourbons You Need To Try 

10. Widow Jane 15-Year-Old The Vaults Blend Of Straight Bourbons

Bottle of Widow Jane 15-Year-Old The Vaults Blend Of Straight Bourbons with box and glasses

Age: 15 Year Old

Average Price: approx. $269 per 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 49.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: This Widow Jane 15 Year Old is a blend of old bourbons, so it’s natural for this spirit to develop a distinct flavor (we haven’t tasted before). 

It starts with an aroma of cream soda and tobacco, leading to sassafras, Earl grey tea, and caramelized malt notes on the palate. 

We get hints of red wine on the lingering finish with seasoned oak and vanilla notes. 

9. Old Bones 15-Year-Old Reserve Straight 

Close Up Shot of Old Bones 15-Year-Old Reserve Straight Bottle

Age: 15 Year Old

Average Price: approx. $139 per 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 53.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: We like this one because it’s an elegant bourbon and an excellent sipper. 

This is the kind of bourbon you’ll have the pleasure to sip while talking with friends– no intimidating flavor profile, the notes are balanced, and it is smooth on the finish. 

“The finish is mouthwatering, with tingling spice and rich oak. Well-balanced and flavorful with density and dimension.”

—Ted Simmons, Former Professional Baseball Player

We agree with how Ted Simmons describes this spirit. It’s a must-have bottle– for drinking and collecting.  

8. Jefferson’s Presidential Select 16-Year Twin Oak Bourbon

Jefferson's Presidential Select 16 Year Twin Oak Bottle

Age: 16 Year Old

Average Price: approx. $199 per 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 47% ABV

Why We Like It: Still on a high price tag, Jefferson’s Presidential Select 16-Year-Old is a great whiskey collectible (approximately 10,000 bottles exist) [1]. 

But it is also a nice drink, especially for those who love classic bourbons. The first time we sipped on this spirit, we easily recognized the complexity and depth of flavor. 

Although it’s powerful in flavor, the finish is smooth with too very little warmth. 

7. William Larue Weller 12 Year

man Holding William Larue Weller 12 Year Bottle

Age: 12 Year Old 

Average Price: approx. $40 per 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 45% ABV 

Why We Like It: For this hard-to-find bourbon spirit, it takes effort and time, but it’s worth it.

This Weller 12YO is a wheated bourbon, but it has this “one-of-a-kind” taste, making this really a sought-after bottle. 

It has a deep, rich, and complex flavor profile, supported by warm vanilla and caramel notes. Overall, we find this drink an exceptional balance between the complexity and the subtle nuances.

Quick Fact: William Larue Weller 12 Year Old is considered the “twin” of the Pappy Van Winkle 12-Year Old, as they came from the same distillery and shared the same mash bill. 

6. Pappy Van Winkle 25 Decanter

25 Year Old Rip Van Winkle Bottle on a Box

Age: 25 Year Old 

Average Price: approx. $1800 per 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 50% ABV 

Why We Like It:  The dominant oak in this Pappy Van Winkle 25-Year-Old Decanter isn’t overpowering and gives plenty of flavor and balance. 

This is a straight down, old-aged bourbon that’s very nice, surprisingly, with the sweet sugars providing a great balance and flavor to this oak-forward spirit. 

It’s so rare and pricey nowadays, and it’s a must-have for collectors, given its sophisticated decanter. But it’s also a good sipper, reasonable for its price. 

Did You Know? Pappy Van Winkle’s distillery only produces 7,000 cases annually, around 84,000 bottles, that’s why it’s really rare. 

5. Blade And Bow 22-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Blade and Bow 22 whiskey Bottle

Age: 22 Year Old

Average Price: approx. $645 per 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 46% ABV 

Why We Like It: This limited-edition spirit surely appeals to young adult drinkers. 

We like how it replicates the 22-Year Orphan Barrel Rhetoric, so we’re not surprised how quickly this Blade and Bow 22-Year got sold out quickly.

Although wood is dominant in this bourbon, it still has a sweet and slightly astringent finish. Besides, the candied fruit and spice notes are nice to the mouth. 

4. Barrell 15-Year-Old Cask Strength Blend Of Straight Bourbons

Close Up Shot of Barrell 15-Year-Old Cask Strength Blend Of Straight Bourbons Bottle Label

Age: 15 Year Old

Average Price: approx. $220 per 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 52.55% ABV 

Why We Like It: From the award-winning Barrel Craft Spirits [2], this 15-Year-Old Cask Strength bourbon was bottled at its aging peak, giving its full flavor.

There are pleasant aromas of deep honey, maple, and old oak, and a palate providing exotic fruity notes. Given the fruit and slight sweetness initially, there’s a bit of spiciness on the finish. 

We don’t really expect that heat, so it’s best to go with a splash of spring water for an ultimate sip. 

Fact: Barrel Craft Spirits have won the most desired title, “Best Bourbon,” at the well-known San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

3. Michter’s 25-Year Straight Bourbon

Michter's 25 Year Straight Bourbon Bottle and a glass

Age: 25 Year Old

Average Price: approx. $800 per 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 58.1% ABV 

Why We Like It: This Michter’s 25 [3] is one of the most exceptional bourbons we have ever tasted.

Yes, it’s a complex whiskey, which for some, maybe too bold, but it has a pleasing mouthfeel. 

Once on the palate, we like how the flavors blend and coat the tongue. We easily distinguished the dried fruit, molasses, chocolate, nuts, and melted vanilla and butter. 

All in all, it’s a perfectly aged bourbon, and sipping it felt like a magnificent experience. However, it’s expensive, but it’s also a great display on a vintage shelf. 

2. Black Maple Hill 16-Year-Old Small Batch Bourbon

Black Maple Hill 16 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon bottle and a glass

Age: 16 Year Old 

Average Price: approx. $3,999 per 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 47.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: We’re lucky enough to get a chance to taste this old-aged bourbon from the Black Maple Hill brand, which is now very rare and expensive. 

It has a unique character with a noticeable profound richness that literally coats each flavor on the palate. The boldness of flavor, which is rare among bourbons, justifies its high price tag. 

The flavor profile shows how mature this spirit is, along with the expertise of the distillery. We highly recommend this Black Maple 16-Year-Old small batch, but it’s really hard to find. 

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1. Bulleit 10-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Man Holding Bottle of Bulleit 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Age: 10 Year Old 

Average Price: approx. $39.99 per 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 45.6% ABV 

Why We Like It: The least aged on this list, but the most impressive, is this Bulleit 10 Yeard Old, which provides an incredible sipping experience amongst the aged bourbon here. 

The rich and deep flavors are evident, but it’s excellently smooth and savory. Though oak notes aren’t dominant here, the high rye spice makes this drink a standout. 

Besides, it’s a great deal of bourbon. Given its excellent profile, the price is far lower than other old-aged bourbons.

Additionally, this isn’t as rare as other matured spirits, so it won’t take that long for you to grab this bottle. 

Fun Fact: Bulleit dominates the whiskey market of California, with the biggest sale percentage from Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the longest-aged bourbon?

The longest-aged bourbon ever bought to bottle is the Old Ingledew Whiskey, which is around 250 years old [4].

Based on a conducted Carbon 14 dating test, it was presumably bottled between 1763 to 1803. 

Does bourbon get stronger as it ages?

Yes. Bourbon gets stronger as it ages in the barrels. The longer it is aged, the stronger and more complex the spirit will be due to the oak properties imparting the liquor.

But once bottled, it will no longer age and won’t improve further. 

What’s the best-aged bourbon under $100?

The best aged bourbon under the $100 range is the Bulleit 10 Year Old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, which only costs around $39.99 per 750ml.

Also, try William Larue Weller 12 Year Old, which only costs around $40 per 750ml. 

What are the best ages for bourbon?

Determining the best age for bourbon is subjective and depends on personal preferences. While some bourbon enthusiasts appreciate the complexity and depth that comes with extended aging, others find younger bourbons more vibrant and approachable. Common age categories include young (under 4 years), middle-aged (5-10 years), and older (10+ years), each offering unique flavor profiles.

What is the number 1 bourbon in the world?

The title of the number 1 bourbon in the world can vary depending on different rankings and opinions. However, brands like Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, and Woodford Reserve often receive acclaim for their quality and popularity in the bourbon market.

What is considered the best bourbon made?

Determining the best bourbon is a highly subjective matter influenced by individual taste preferences. Iconic brands like Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and Blanton’s are often praised for their exceptional quality, intricate flavor profiles, and limited availability, contributing to their status as some of the best bourbons.

What is the best bourbon for making an old fashioned?

The best bourbon for an Old Fashioned is a matter of personal taste, but many cocktail enthusiasts recommend a balanced and flavorful bourbon with enough character to shine through. Brands like Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, and Maker’s Mark are frequently chosen for Old Fashioned cocktails, providing a harmonious blend of sweetness, spice, and depth.

Is longer-aged bourbon better?

While longer-aged bourbons can develop more intricate flavors and characteristics, whether they are “better” is subjective. Some bourbon drinkers prefer the bold and intense notes of younger expressions, while others appreciate the smoothness and complexity that extended aging can impart. Ultimately, the best bourbon for an individual is determined by personal taste preferences, and both younger and longer-aged options have their devoted enthusiasts in the world of bourbon appreciation.

Why is aged bourbon better?

Aged bourbon is often considered better due to the transformative effects of the aging process. As bourbon matures in charred oak barrels, it absorbs flavors from the wood, mellows out harsh notes, and undergoes chemical reactions that contribute to its complexity. The result is a smoother, more refined spirit with enhanced depth, balanced flavors, and a nuanced character that distinguishes well-aged bourbons.

Who is the king of bourbon?

The title of the “king of bourbon” is subjective and varies among enthusiasts, but certain names consistently stand out. Pappy Van Winkle, with its limited releases of highly coveted and meticulously aged bourbons, is often regarded as the royalty of the bourbon world. The scarcity, quality, and cult-like following contribute to its regal status.

What is the smoothest bourbon made?

Defining the smoothest bourbon is subjective, but many consider Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15-Year-Old as exceptionally smooth. Its extended aging process contributes to a velvety texture and a harmonious blend of flavors, making it a sought-after choice for those seeking an exceptionally smooth and refined bourbon experience.

What is a premium bourbon?

A premium bourbon is characterized by its superior quality, often stemming from factors such as carefully selected ingredients, meticulous production processes, and extended aging in high-quality barrels. These bourbons are crafted with attention to detail, resulting in a more refined and complex spirit. Premium bourbons may also be associated with limited releases, unique cask finishes, or distinctive mash bills that set them apart in the world of bourbon.

What is the world’s best-selling bourbon?

Jack Daniel’s, specifically their Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, holds the title of the world’s best-selling bourbon. While technically not a bourbon due to its production process, Jack Daniel’s is often associated with bourbons and is immensely popular globally, known for its smoothness, distinct charcoal mellowing, and widespread recognition as a leading American whiskey brand.

Final Verdict: Best Aged Bourbon 

The best old-aged bourbons are getting rare these days, along with their hefty price tags.

And that’s the reason why we’ve listed these best-aged bourbons, so you’ll know which spirits are worth splurging on.

Luckily, if you want an aged bourbon without spending too much, Bulleit 10-Year-Old is for you. 


  1. Castle Brands Introduces Jefferson’s Presidential Select 16 Year Old
  2. Barrell Craft Spirits
  3. Michter’s Announces First Bottling of 25 Year Bourbon Since 2008
  4. The world’s oldest known whiskey sells for $110K
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