American Single Malt Whiskey

American single malt does not officially exist (yet) as a legally defined category of whiskey in the United States, but producers generally adhere to the same regulations observed in Scotland. It is produced at a single, U.S. distillery from 100% malted barley, distilled to 160 proof, and bottled at no less than 80 proof. American single malt is often aged in used cooperage, like its counterparts overseas. On the other hand, “American straight malt” – which is a legally defined category – must be aged in new oak containers for a minimum of 2 years, echoing the rules for other categories of American whiskey. Today, American producers continue to experiment with barrel regimens for this emerging category.

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Review: Jack Daniel’s American Single Malt Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks

By Frank Dobbins | November 29, 2022 |

The American Single Malt market has been exploding in recent years in a trend that was acknowledged back in July of this year by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) when they officially agreed to recognize the unique category. Well, now Jack Daniel’s is joining the fray as they just unveiled their…

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Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey NY Rye Cask

By Monica Uhm | November 23, 2022 |

Colorado-based Stranahan’s Distillery continues its limited edition series of finished single malt whiskeys with the release of Stranahan’s NY Rye Cask, which starts with a blend of five- to nine-year-old whiskeys distilled at Stranahan’s and finished for an additional two years in rye casks from Black Distillery in Warwick, New York. (Along with rye, Black…

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Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Diamond Peak (2022)

By Christopher Null | November 7, 2022 |

Colorado-based Stranahan’s has made its limited-edition Diamond Peak an annual affair. For 2022, the brand takes its standard malt whiskey, aged for 4 years in new American oak barrels, then finishes in single malt whiskey barrels from Ireland’s Bushmills for more than 3 additional years. That’s a unique, 7 year old American single malt. Let’s…

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Review: McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey 3 Years Old and 6 Years Old

By Drew Beard | November 5, 2022 |

Oregon’s Clear Creek Distillery lays claim to distilling the first American single malt, way back before the whiskey boom was booming. Chris reviewed Clear Creek’s 3-year-old McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt over a decade ago and praised it as “better than Lagavulin,” the Islay Scotch to which the whiskey is often compared on account of the…

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Review: Westward Single Malt Whiskey Elements: High Desert to Klamath Basin

By Drew Beard | September 5, 2022 |

We’ve reviewed several single malts from Oregon’s Westward Whiskey in recent years, but no one told us the distillery had its own whiskey club! Color us a little envious that we weren’t invited to join. For those interested, here are a few deets: Launched in 2019 and previously available exclusively in Oregon, the home of Westward Whiskey,…

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Review: 10th Street Single Malt Peated Wine Cask Finished

By Christopher Null | August 17, 2022 |

San Jose, California’s 10th Street Single Malt is back with another peated expression — this one finished in French oak pinot noir casks from a northern California winery. (Initial aging is in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, not new oak.) Each year 10th Street releases a different wine cask release. This is our first encounter with those…

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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: 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: Lost Lantern Summer 2022 Single Cask Releases

By Drew Beard | July 23, 2022 |

Independent whiskey bottler Lost Lantern has been busy of late. We already covered their spring releases for 2022, which comprised four different bottlings, but for their summer collection, Lost Lantern is offering a whopping seven different single casks from six different distilleries, their largest collection to date. And there are quite a few winners in…

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Review: Bevridge American Single Malt Tasting Kit

By Christopher Null | July 21, 2022 |

“One part community, one part content, one part tasting” — here comes another whiskey kit, albeit this one is not being sold as a subscription. Bevridge is a collaboration with Whisky Live, and at present it offers a single kit, a $249 collection of ten 50ml samples of American single malt whiskies. The big sell…

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