Last Updated on August 22, 2023 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
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
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
Age: 16 Year Old
Average Price: approx. $199 per 750ml (MSRP)
Alcohol Content: 47% ABV
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
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
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
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
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 , 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
Age: 25 Year Old
Average Price: approx. $800 per 750ml (MSRP)
Alcohol Content: 58.1% ABV
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
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.
1. 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.
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 .
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.
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.