Michter's 10-year Single Barrel, E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof, Knob Creek Single Barrel, Booker's Small Batch and William Larue Weller are some of the top-rated Kentucky bourbons by Forbes magazine, as of 2015. The bourbons selected have a wide range of flavors, aromatic presence and proof.
Most of the selected bourbons deliver molasses, caramel, vanilla, fruit and nut flavor combinations. Aromas in many of the whiskeys have hints of leather, tobacco, caramel, cocoa and spices in various combinations. All of the recommended spirits are single-barrel or barrel proof recipes, which make them potent alcoholic beverages. Typical strength of these bourbons is around 110 to 135 proof.