This page lists the most popular descriptive words used to describe bourbon and other American whiskeys. The People's Bourbon Review compiled this list using all of the reviews written by distilleries for their bourbons. We searched that text to find the companies' most commonly used words in describing the tasting experience of their whiskeys.
These are the top 150 most common words in order, used by experts to describe bourbon and other American whiskeys. You probably already know that most bourbons have oak, caramel, vanilla notes, and a touch of rye spice. You will notice that these are the most popular terms on our list. Still, there are many traits of bourbon and other whiskeys. See if you can guess some of them before looking at the list.
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