The 10 Best Bourbons

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1. Baker's Seven-Year-Old

£43.95, thewhiskyexchange.com

Known for its silky smoothness, the result of adding a special yeast to the mix, so it's a great substitute for after-dinner cognac. A Nutty flavour and unusual cherry tang.

2. Blanton's Original Single Barrel

£51.53, masterofmalt.com

White-oak matured, this is a complex drink on the tongue. First comes a hit of orange zest, then burnt sugar and vanilla.

3. Bulleit

£27, houseoffraser.co.uk

Made to the original recipe created in the mid-19th century, it has an unusually high rye content that gives it a kicking spicy flavour and a crisp, honeyed finish.

4. Maker's Mark

£25, ocado.co.uk

It isn't the most sophisticated drink, but it has an inviting marmalade aroma and has a good balance between sweet and spicy. Great value, too.

5.Woodford Reserve

£39.99, selfridges.com

Two hundred years of know-how go into every bottle of this maple-flavoured, rich and viscous bourbon. A delicious dark chocolate nose makes it worth a punt.

6. Buffalo Trace

£19.99, waitrose.com

For a bourbon at the lower end of the price spectrum, this isn't at all bad. It has a toffee flavour enlivened by the odd note of spice. Quite well balanced, too.

7. George T Stagg Kentucky Straight

£103, thewhiskyexchange.com

This has won heaps of awards for its blow-your-socks-off power and deep sugar and spice flavour. Pricey, but worth it.

8. Knob Creek

£26.95, drinksdirect.co.uk

Toasted nuts and oaky aromas in this bourbon. Rich and full-bodied, with lots of fruity flavours. Quite sharp, too, but mellows nicely with a drop of water.

9. Four Roses Small Batch

£24.95, drinkfinder.co.uk

The Kentucky-based distillery's small-batch bourbon is made from blending four of Four Roses' whiskey bases. An instant caramel hit and a clean vanilla finish.

10. Aldi Clarke's Kentucky

£10.99, aldi.co.uk

Credit where it's due: this won a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Rich in unusually dainty oak flavours, with a remarkable price tag.

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