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The Seven Best Bourbon, Whiskey, and Rye for Boulevardiers, Ranked

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Negronis hold a special place in the hearts of many drinks professionals. Boulevardiers, their dark-featured cousins, are making inroads as Americans’ love affair with whiskeys continues to grow. (“American Whiskey is on Fire” Fortune.com declared in 2017, heralding the $3.1 billion sales of brown spirits the year prior.)

As with Negronis, the Boulevardier rubric features equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth. Boulevardiers swap the remaining gin, however, for something in the brown-spirited family: whiskey, bourbon, or rye.

We blind-tasted several of each to determine the best bottle for Boulevardiers. We found that determining your bottle of choice depends first and foremost on whether your taste buds prefer sweeter or spicier cocktails. If the former, reach for bourbon. Prefer a kickier drink? Try rye.

Our tasting panel sampled seven Boulevardiers and ranked them on balance, flavor, and overall tastiness. Here are the best bottles for your Boulevardier.

George Dickel Classic No. 8 Whiskey

George Dickel is one of the best whiskies for a BoulevardierA funky, almost mushroomy nose, cough-syrup-adjacent taste, and sharp alcoholic burn made this whiskey our panel’s least favorite pick. Average price: $19

Bulleit Bourbon

bulleit is one of the best whiskies for a BoulevardierOne of the sweeter Boulevardiers we tasted, Bulleit gave the drink a nice lift without noticeable spice. “I pretty much just taste Campari,” remarked one taster. Average price: $29

Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

Four Roses is one of the best whiskies for a BoulevardierLight and sweet, this was a crowd-pleasing iteration. Two tasters liked its earthy scent, akin to wood shavings. Average price: $20

Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey

Hochstadter's is one of the best whiskies for a BoulevardierMade from a blend of four-to-eight-year-old whiskeys, this rye gave the Boulevardier a nice sweet-spice balance and powerful punch. One of our tasters found the consistency a bit “syrupy,” but by and large our panel enjoyed it. Average price: $40

Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye

Basil Haydan's is one of the best whiskies for a BoulevardierMade from a blend of Kentucky and Canadian ryes with a bit of port wine, Basil Hayden’s is an unorthodox, exciting option. Its dark fruit nicely complements the sweetness of the Campari, and the end is both spicy and smooth. Average price: $50

Templeton Rye

templeton is one of the best whiskies for a BoulevardierThis rye struck a nice balance of sweet and spice, without too strong of a kick on the finish. Average price: $37

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Buffalo Trace is one of the best whiskies for a BoulevardierOur tasters appreciated the lighter texture and nose on the Buffalo Trace Boulevardier, which balanced its sweetness with a pleasantly dry finish. Average price: $33

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