American Whiskey

American whiskey comprises a huge swath of sub-categories, and most of the whiskeys you’ll encounter fall into one of these. Bourbon (distinguished by its 51%-or-greater corn mashbill) is undoubtedly the largest of these, with Rye (at least 51% rye) arguably second. Tennessee Whiskey (a subset of Bourbon, made in Tennessee and charcoal mellowed) is another major, with Wheat Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, and Malt Whiskey all having their adherents. White whiskey (unaged whiskey) is another segment growing in size. Other categories, including Blended Whiskey, Light Whiskey, and Spirit Whiskey can also be found occupying this broad catch-all category.

Top American Whiskey Categories:

Bourbon
Tennessee Whiskey
Rye
Wheat Whiskey
American Single Malt

Review: Old Forester The 117 Series – Whiskey Row Fire

By Christopher Null | August 11, 2022 |

With Jackie Zykan’s abrupt departure from Old Forester a few weeks ago, the distillery’s 117 Series — which was billed as her creation and famously features her signature — will soon have to go in a new direction (or be discontinued altogether). This fourth installment in the series is Zykan’s swan song, a bourbon designed…

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Review: Single Cask Nation Virginia Distillery Co. American Single Malt 5 Years Old

By Drew Beard | August 10, 2022 |

Up until this point, every bottle that we’ve reviewed from Single Cask Nation has been scotch, but the independent bottler also offers a variety of spirits from around the world, several of which are distilled right here in the old US of A. In fact, they remain the only independent bottler of cask strength Wild…

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Review: Cascade Moon Rye 13 Years Old and Barrel Proof Spirit 15 Years Old

By Christopher Null | August 8, 2022 |

Cascade Moon — the upscale sub-brand of George Dickel — recently dropped two new releases. Also dropped has been the numbering system which came with its first two whiskies, dubbed No. 1 and No. 2. Going forward, Cascade Moon bottlings will be distinguished by unique labels and descriptive naming systems explaining exactly what’s in the…

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Tasting Report: Jack Rose Premier Drams 2022

By Drew Beard | August 5, 2022 |

It was a terrible, no-good two years for in-person spirits events (make that in-person events of any kind), but things are finally, thankfully starting to return to normal. Chris noted (with some surprise) that Whiskies of the World held its San Francisco event last fall but at a reduced scale. Washington, D.C.’s famous Jack Rose…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey National Parks No. 2 Limited Edition Bourbon

By Drew Beard | August 4, 2022 |

Wyoming Whiskey is out with its second annual limited edition in support of the National Park Foundation. For this year’s release, the distillery has partnered with Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park, to mark the park’s 150th anniversary. The bottle is available for sale at the park, throughout Wyoming, and in…

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Review: Copper Fox Single Malt Single Barrel and Chestnut American Whisky

By Drew Beard | August 3, 2022 |

Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery continues to innovate and broaden their portfolio. Over the last year or so this small distillery has expanded its single barrel offerings while exploring ever more interesting and unusual woods in their finishings. On top of that, for 2022 the distillery launched what it calls the Captain’s Club, a members only…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Distillery Series – Toasted Oak Oat Grain Bourbon

By Christopher Null | August 2, 2022 |

Now that the Woodford Reserve Distillery Series is back in action, we’re excited to see what oddities the wizards in Versailles will keep coming up with. This new release has two twists: It starts with Woodford Reserve Oat Grain Bourbon, then finishes it in a heavily toasted secondary barrel. As always, this release is primarily…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Rye 8 Years Old

By Drew Beard | August 1, 2022 |

The release last year of Sagamore Spirit’s first bottled-in-bond rye, made entirely in-house at their Baltimore distillery, somewhat overshadowed the release of this whiskey, an eight-year-old Reserve Series offering distilled on contract in Indiana. While the distillery’s Reserve Series has typically focused on unique finishes like tequila and calvados, Sagamore kept things simple with this…

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Review: Hardin’s Creek Bourbons – Jacob’s Well and Colonel James B. Beam

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2022 |

It’s unicorn launch time — again — as Beam (now formally known as the James B. Beam Distilling Company) launches Hardin’s Creek, a brand that will offer “unique and rare, limited-edition whiskeys rooted in the Beam family legacy. These new whiskeys have been crafted by Freddie Noe, recently announced as master distiller of the new…

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Review: Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Voyage 26 Double Barrel Rye

By Drew Beard | July 24, 2022 |

With 25 different “voyages” across the globe, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea has varied from release to release due likely as much to the different mashbills, proofs, and sources of the whiskey in each release as to the extreme fluctuations in temperature and motion experienced while plying the seven seas. The one thing they all…

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