Top 10 Bourbons According to my Readers (June 2020)

It wasn’t very long ago that some of my readers helped me identify a flaw in the tasting reviews that I was receiving. They pointed out that, although many people will pick up the same flavor notes in a whiskey, the actual enjoyment of that whiskey could be dramatically different from one person to the next, so, while one person might rate a particular bottle an A+, another might rate it a C- even though they pick up the same flavor notes.

This could cause someone new to bourbon to avoid a bottle that is generally loved. With that in mind, I have tried to collect consensus ratings of many different bottles that will accompany the tasting notes.

If you would like to provide ratings to bottles to add to the consensus ratings, it would be helpful, and it is a very fast and easy process, you just need to click this link.

Now, based on the consensus ratings provided by readers, I present to you the top 10 bottles that have been rated. Please note, there are still many bottles that have not yet been rated, and the form is NOT a comprehensive list. In order to be considered for this list, at least five (5) people needed to have provided a rating for the bottle. Because of the restrictions that at least 5 people needed to have provided ratings, many bottles that are truly beloved are noticeably missing from these ratings.

So, if you don’t see something on this list or disagree with other readers, don’t get mad, go rate bottles.

#10 – E.H. Taylor Small Batch

Consensus Score – 82.33

Fair Price – $49

Dean’s LiquorCollinsville, IL$37.00
Phillips 66Maryville, IL$50.00
Smithton LiquorSmithton, IL$52.00
Sav On (Beltline)Collinsville, IL$60.00
Sav On (St Louis Rd)Collinsville, IL$60.00
Sav On (Lebanon Ave)Belleville, IL$60.00
Fairview LiquorFairview Heights, IL$70.00
Sav On (Fairview Heights, IL)Fairview Heights, IL$70.00
Highland Liquor & Food MartHighland, IL$75.00
The StoreEdwardsville, IL$80.00

#9 – Old Forester 1920

Consensus Score – 83.13

Fair Price – $60

Total Wine (Brentwood)Brentwood, MO$57.00
Dean’s LiquorCollinsville, IL$57.50
Lebanon Wine and SpiritsLebanon, IL$60.00
Glen Mart (BP)Glen Carbon, IL$60.00
Arena LiquorBelleville, IL$60.00
Town & Country LiquorBelleville, IL$60.00
King City LiquorEdwardsville, IL$66.00
Mirage Wine and SpiritsO’Fallon, IL$70.00

#8 – Thomas H. Handy Sazerac

Consensus Score – 83.20

Fair Price – $200

I have not seen this in any stores since April 2020.

#7 – E.H. Taylor Single Barrel

Consensus Score – 83.30

Fair Price – $56

I have not noted this being available since April 2020.

#6 – Weller Antique 107

Consensus Score – 84.22

Fair Price – $56

I have not noted this being available since April 2020.

#5 – Blanton’s

Consensus Score – 86.78

Fair Price – $67

As most of us know, this is one of the most asked about bottles on the planet. You basically have to be in the right place, at the right time to acquire it, or be willing to spend $150 (if you’d like to read why I don’t think you should spend anywhere near that much for Blanton’s, click on this LINK).

#4 – Weller 12

Consensus Score – 88.40

Fair Price – $70

When I’ve found it in the past 2 months, the price has been so outrageously high ($300+), I can’t in good conscience even share the locations.

#3 – Four Roses Single Barrel

Consensus Score – 89.17

Fair Price – $43

Smithton LiquorSmithton, IL$45.00
SchnucksCollinsville, IL$45.00
Sav On (Beltline)Collinsville, IL$45.00
Dierberg’sEdwardsville, IL$47.00
North Belt West LiquorBelleville, IL$50.00

#2 – Weller Full Proof

Consensus Score – 89.83

Fair Price – $100

One of the most sought after bottles that is technically “available” right now. You basically have to be in the right place, at the right time to acquire it.

#1 – George T. Stagg

Consensus Score – 92.80

MSRP – $100, I’ve listed the “Fair Price” at $200, but it is often priced at $300 or more (I’ve seen it priced at $799 actually).

The ranking here are based solely off ratings submitted by readers. These ratings will be updated anytime a significant number of additional ratings are submitted.

Honorable Mention:

  • Old Ezra 7 Year Old – Consensus Score: 82.20
  • Michter’s US 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Consensus Score: 81.25
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof – Consensus Score: 81.13
  • Knob Creek Single Barrel Select – Consensus Score: 81.00
  • Basil Hayden’s 10 Year Old Bourbon – Consensus Score: 80.80

As mentioned before, these ratings are strictly based on bottles that have five or more ratings. Without that stipulation, these rankings would be rather quite different. For example, just the top 5 would change to William Larue Weller would be #1, George T. Stagg would move to #2, A Midwinter Night’s Dram would be #3, Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year would be #4, and Weller Full Proof would move to #5.

If you would like to add your own ratings to increase the accuracy of the consensus ratings, please click this link.

Author: stlbourbonbuyers

Father, bourbon enthusiast, husband.

3 thoughts

  1. Breese Liquor has at least one bottle of Thomas Handy Sazerac as of last week when I was there. I counted 8 bottles of Stagg Jr, George T. Stagg, Heaven Hill 27, Antique 107, Weller 12, Several different Old Fitzgerald 15, and who knows what else behind the counter. I have seen Pappy‘s in there too, but don’t recall if they had it last week. Who knows what is there that isn’t visible.

    I am told the owner is the same who has the liquor store in Trenton and Highland. The prices at the Breese store are ridiculous for the most part, but they do have quite the variety and collection of sought after bourbons. Might be worth a trip just to check out what they have.


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    1. Thanks for the info on their selection!! I’ve been wanting to stop in. I knew Highland, Trenton, and Breese are the same guy, but they’re prices are so outrageous I refuse to even buy a candy combat from them. In that area I stop in Lebanon instead. They don’t get as many rare bottles but their prices are great.

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