Best American Whiskeys
There are quite a few of the best American whiskeys available with their own unique flavors, These whiskeys require they must be distilled from a fermented mash of cereal grain and water, aged in charred-oak barrels and contain no more than 80 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). The list below describes several of the Best American whiskeys, varieties and general description of their unique flavor contributions. Please review the selections below and take the time to sample and make a selection to meet your taste.
- Bourbon: A smooth sweet taste, with 51% corn mash, plus aged in a charred oak adds a smoky aftertaste.
- Rye: Sample a rye for a strong and spicy flavor.
- Malt: Go single malt if you wish to try a high quality drink.
- Rye malt: This is another high quality malt whiskey, with a nut flavor.
- Wheat: This type of whiskey must contain at least 51 percent wheat which is accompanied by a taste of honey and grain.
- Corn: Another sugary option with a few notes of syrup and honey.
- Straight Whiskey: The description says it all. It must remain unblended.
Straight Whiskey is whiskey that was distilled to not more than 80% alcohol by volume or 160 proof. It will be aged for at least two years at a starting alcohol concentration of not more than 62.5%. It has not been blended with any other spirits, coloring, or additives. A straight whiskey that also meets one of the other above definitions is referred to by combining the term “straight” with the term for the type of whiskey such as rye, corn or wheat etc.
Blended whiskey is a mixture that contains straight whiskey or a blend of straight whiskeys containing not less than 20 percent straight whiskey and, separately or in combination, other whiskey or neutral spirits. For the blended whiskey to be labeled with a particular grain type (i.e., blended rye, malt, wheat, or bourbon whiskey), at least 51% of the blend must be straight whiskey of that grain type. The part of the content that is not straight whiskey may include unaged grain distillates, grain neutral spirits, flavorings, and coloring.
Light whiskey is produced in the United States at more than 80% alcohol by volume and stored in used or uncharred new oak containers.
Spirit whiskey is a mixture of neutral spirits and at least 5% of certain stricter categories of whiskey.
Whiskeys are great tasting on their own, but can be served and appreciated with many types of mixes
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Cyrus Noble Small Batch Whiskey
Wild Turkey 81 Rye Whiskey
Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey
Tin Cup American Whiskey
Balvenie 21 Year Portwood Single Malt
Corsair Triple Smoke Small Batch Whiskey
Kavalan Consertmaster Single Malt Whiskey
Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey
Pendleton 1910 12 Year Blended Whiskey
Whistle Pig 10 Year Straight Rye Whiskey
Amador Double Barrel Whiskey
Kikori Blended Whiskey
Elmer T Lee Single Barrel Whiskey
High west American Prairie Blended Bourbon Whiskey
Mastersons 10 Year Old Barley Blended Bourbon
Calumet Farm Bourbon Whiskey
George Dickel Rye Whiskey
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
Bookers Rye Big Time Batch Rye
Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
Bulleit Rye Whiskey
Yamazaki 12 Year Single Malt Whiskey
Masterson’s 10 Year Straight Rye Whiskey
Bear Creek Wheat Whiskey
Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey
Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon
2 thoughts on “Best American Whiskeys”
I have recently gotten into whisky and enjoy it. Your article, particularly the pictures of the brands, is going to be very useful. Usually, if possible, I buy one of the small sample bottles to see how I like it. Lately, because I was given a bottle as a gift, I have been enjoying Bulleit. I usually mix Fireball with something like Gingerale. I know they’re different, but there are several varieties of moonshine on the market that are good. Your pictures are going to help.
Thank you. I also enjoy a cherry-flavored seltzer water as a mix. You may to give it a try….enjoy!