Who’s your Pappy?
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Search party: The world’s 10 most wanted bourbons

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Looking for something? Perhaps you’ll find it on Wine-Searcher’s list of the 10 most sought-out bourbons online. The spirit’s rebound in popularity mirrors a growing interest in whiskey of all kinds, Don Kavanagh says.

As Kavanagh points out, one producer—Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery—accounts for nine of the latest bourbon top 10. Last time Wine-Searcher ran the numbers, in 2017, it was eight. “The names of the brands are household names for bourbon fans: Eagle Rare, Blanton’s, Weller’s, Pappy Van Winkle,” Kavanagh observes of the longer list’s upper echelons. “The level of saturation is impressive.”

Blanton’s is riding high
Credit: Blanton’s Bourbon

Pick your poison—and your price point

No. 1: Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon, which has cracked the top 100 for overall search rank. Since last year its average price has climbed modestly, from $60 to $67, Kavanagh says. “And the whiskey itself? An absolute joy to drink.”

Taking second place is W.L. Weller 12 Year, the original wheated bourbon, which gets an average five-star rating from Wine-Searcher users. Kavanagh’s summary: “It’s not cheap—or at least it’s not cheap anymore. Back in 2014 the average price was $47; it’s now $238.”

And in third? George T. Stagg Straight Bourbon, whose search rank graph Kavanagh compares to “a child’s drawing of the sea, with unnervingly regular peaks at Christmastime.” No wonder: it goes for an average of $706.

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