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: Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Amburana

By Drew Beard | February 28, 2024 |

While it’s predominantly associated with cachaca or barrel-aged beers, a few American distilleries (maybe more than a few) have experimented recently with finishing their whiskeys in Brazilian oak (also called Amburana). None, however, has offered such a luxe rendition as Kentucky’s Rabbit Hole. The distillery’s Founder’s Collection, where this latest offering is housed, is the…

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Review: Old Elk Cigar Cut Island Blend and Infinity Blend 2023

By Christopher Null | February 27, 2024 |

Old Elk recently (that is, at the end of 2023) released a pair of its big blends, both incredibly complex whiskeys that draw from a range of mashbills and finishing styles, all whipped up into a frenzy. We’ve got them both covered here — including the Cigar Cut and Infinity Blend, both in their 2023…

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Jaywalk Straight Rye Whiskey

Review: NY Distilling Co. Jaywalk Straight Rye

By David Tao | February 23, 2024 |

Brooklyn’s NY Distilling Co. recently announced the release of three different rye expressions, all using a unique grain that harkens back to 17th-century New York State. Jaywalk Rye utilizes Horton Rye, a grain smaller in size than traditional rye used for whiskey making. NY Distilling’s Allen Katz and Tom Potter partnered with Cornell University to…

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Review: Daviess County Bourbon Medium Toasted Barrel Finish

By Christopher Null | February 19, 2024 |

In 2023, Lux Row’s Daviess County brand launched a new series of whiskeys built around toasted barrel finishing. The first, with a Lightly Toasted Barrel Finish, didn’t make a huge impact on us. But the series trudges forward all the same with, of course, a Medium Toasted Barrel Finish expression. Like its Lightly Toasted predecessor,…

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Review: Basil Hayden Malted Rye

By Christopher Null | February 17, 2024 |

Late last year, Basil Hayden dropped its latest edition, which will be a permanent part of the Basil Hayden lineup going forward. Basil Hayden Malted Rye is made with 100% rye grain that has been malted, which partially germinates the grain before it is dried and made into a mash that is fermented. As it…

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Fall 2023 Edition

By Christopher Null | February 15, 2024 |

We said it last time around with the very delayed Spring 2023 edition of Old Fitz, but we’ll say it again: We’re not late on this “Fall 2023” release, even though you’re reading this in February 2024. To clarify: This second edition of Old Fitzgerald’s bottled-in-bond release from 2023 was announced around November and didn’t…

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Review: Laws Bourbon – Honey Cask and Cognac Foeder Finishes (2023)

By Christopher Null | February 13, 2024 |

Late last year, Denver’s Laws Whiskey House dropped two new installments in its Special Finish Series, and they couldn’t be more different. Both start with Laws Four Grain Bourbon (60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye, and 10% heirloom malted barley) … and then down the rabbit hole we go. Laws Four Grain Bourbon…

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Review: Union Horse Distilling Rivalist Single Malt and Reunion Rye

By Christopher Null | February 12, 2024 |

You’ll find Union Horse Distilling in Lenexa, Kansas (near Kansas City), where it’s been putting out whiskeys of all stripes — bourbon, rye, single malt, and more — for 14 years (plus vodka). This is our first encounter with the operation; today we look at two of the company’s current five releases. Bottles are hand-numbered…

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Makers Mark

Maker’s Mark Embraced Regenerative Agriculture. Will It Change Its Bourbon?

By David Tao | February 10, 2024 |

Maker’s Mark had a busy 2023, releasing its first age-stated bourbon and celebrating 70 years of operation. In addition, the Beam Suntory-owned distillery also announced their move toward regenerative agriculture, becoming the first whiskey producer to be third-party certified by Regenified. The Tier 2 certification — there are five possible levels, and brands have three…

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Review: Bernheim Barrel Proof Original Wheat Whiskey Batch B923 (September 2023)

By Christopher Null | February 9, 2024 |

Heaven Hill’s second Barrel Proof release of its Bernheim wheat whiskey almost eluded us late last year, but we finally uncovered our sample just in time for the presumed arrival of the third release, which is expected this month. It’s bottled at a slightly higher proof than A223, but otherwise there’s no real difference in…

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