The Best Bourbon Brands Of 2023

“People naturally gravitate towards Kentucky when looking at bourbons, but there are distillers across the across the country making spectacular whiskeys,” said Max Alexander, bar director at San Francisco’s Ernest, a bar and restaurant inspired by global flavors. He loves Oakland, C.A.-based outfit Wright & Brown, which mills, ferments, distills, ages, and bottles their spirits onsite. “It’s a level of hands-on craftsmanship that most distillers can’t claim,” Alexander said. “This attention to detail is evident in their bourbon, which is both rich in vanilla and caramel notes, but perfectly balanced with a prominent rye presence.”