While whiskey is made and enjoyed all over the world, bourbon is distinctly and proudly an American-made spirit. Hoarded, beloved, and highly sought after, this complex elixir is at the pinnacle of connoisseurship. We believe that everyone should at least have a passing knowledge of bourbon. We also think that you should dig a little deeper and truly find out all there is to know about this spirit. So, we put together a comprehensive guide to bourbon whiskey.

What’s with the hype around Pappy Van Winkle? What’s the best budget bourbon? Can I use bourbon in a cocktail? We’ll answer these questions and more. Here you’ll find in-depth reviews and deep dives into the latest and greatest bourbons.

Welcome to Cool Material’s comprehensive guide to all things bourbon.


The Bourbon Bucket List: The 20 Best Bourbons You Need to Try at Least Once

Want to hunt down some exciting bourbon? This is your guide. We compiled 20 of the best bourbons you need to try at least once in your life. Some of these might show up at your local liquor store. Others, you'll need to track down. Either way, start drafting your bucket list of must-try bourbons.

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What’s the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey?

All bourbon is whiskey. But not all whiskey is bourbon. We put together a definitive guide with key terms and helpful info about the wide world of bourbon. What makes bourbon special? And why is it so beloved? We're here to help.

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The 8 Best Bang-For-Your-Buck Bourbons

If you're just looking for a solid, standard, reliable bourbon, this is the article for you. We picked out 8 of our favorite budget bourbons that still deliver top-notch flavor.

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10 Bourbon Cocktails You Need to Try

Although many bourbon purists will tell you that the heavenly elixir should be sipped neat exclusively, we love the occasional bourbon cocktail. We rounded up 10 of our favorite cocktails that work great with bourbon.

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Is Four Roses Small Batch The Best Budget Bourbon?

If we had to pick a desert island bourbon, it'd probably Four Roses. Reliable, complex, and always affordable. But the question remains, which of Four Roses' offerings is the best? While Small Batch is great, Four Roses Single Barrel takes the cake as the best budget bourbon.

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Why Pappy Van Winkle Can Cost Over $4,000 a Bottle

Pappy Van Winkle is one of the best-known, most sought-after bourbons on the planet. And in some cases, it can garner some serious price tags. Is it worth the hype? That's for you to decide.

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How to Drink Whiskey like a Master Distiller

Now that you've started your journey into the world of high-quality bourbon, it's time to start sipping like a pro. We asked some bourbon experts how we should be tasting bourbon. And we came up with a step-by-step guide to properly drinking bourbon. Enjoy.

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The Complete Guide to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is one of the top destinations for bourbon aficionados and bachelor parties. Travel through the Bluegrass State and stop at some of the best bourbon distilleries in the country.

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