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: Westland Outpost Range Garryana 6|1 (2021)

By Christopher Null | December 4, 2021 |

In 2020 we mentioned how Seattle’s Westland is evolving its special edition whiskeys, expanding its Outpost Range to cover (eventually) three different expressions. At the core of these is Garryana, now in its 6th edition, which has long been an exploration of Quercus garryana, the rare oak indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. (The second edition…

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Review: Balcones Pilgrimage, Luckenbach, and Texas Bock (2021)

By Christopher Null | November 19, 2021 |

Whiskeys from Balcones, arguably Texas’s best-known distillery, have been stacking up here at Drinkhacker HQ. Today we’re killing a trilogy of bottles, including two new releases and the second edition of another well-liked expression. Balcones Pilgrimage – Texas single malt made from Golden Promise barley, aged in used casks and finished in Sauternes casks. No…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction Cuvee Single Cask

By Drew Beard | November 11, 2021 |

Over the summer, Virginia Distillery Co. added three new offerings to their line of Courage & Conviction single malts, each drawn from stocks used in the core Courage & Conviction blend. If that wasn’t evidence enough that the distillery has really ramped up their single malt production, we now have the latest bottling: Courage &…

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Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Caribbean Rum Cask

By Christopher Null | November 5, 2021 |

Stranahan’s has long built a reputation for its 100% Colorado-born single malt whiskey, to the point where it has recently begun branching out into special edition releases. The latest is this “Distillery Exclusive,” a 5 year old malt finished in Caribbean rum casks for an undisclosed length of time. Ready to dive in? Here goes:…

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Review: New Riff Malted Rye 6 Years Old

By Christopher Null | October 26, 2021 |

The hits keep coming from the maniacs at Kentucky’s New Riff, which for its next trick has dropped the oldest age-statemented whiskey in its lineup to date, a 6 year old bottling made from 100% malted rye. Malted rye is uncommon but not unheard of in whiskey these days. Making it essentially follows the same…

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Review: Good Deeds Malt Whiskey

By Christopher Null | October 15, 2021 |

Single malt, double malt, pshaw. How about a decuple malt whiskey, folks? Good Deeds Spirits isn’t so much a company but a consortium of 10 American malt whiskey producers who have come together to produce a series of monster collaboration products. The organization describes its intention as “creating interesting, collaborative spirits releases moving forward, all…

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Review: Taylor Garrett Whiskey, Rye, and Canteen Imperial Malt

By Christopher Null | September 2, 2021 |

New Mexico whiskey distillery Taylor Garrett is part of that new breed of distilleries that has embraced accelerated aging techniques. The company’s “breakthrough, all-natural aging technique” ages spirits in anywhere from 24 hours to 12 days, depending on which piece of marketing collateral you read. Other than saying the process is “purely physical,” details are…

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Review: R6 Distillery Single Malt Whiskey

By Stephen Allison | August 27, 2021 |

Hit the American whiskey section of any bottle shop and try to find something that isn’t a rye or bourbon. While there are plenty of great choices, seeing the same two categories dominate shelf space can feel monotonous. R6 Distillery in El Segundo, California must have came to the same conclusion, as they have released…

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Review: Dignified Single Malt Whiskey

By Monica Uhm | June 11, 2021 |

South Mountain Distillery is located in the South Mountains of North Carolina, where generations of Smiths have lived since the 1700s. The Smiths claim a long history of distilling spirits that dates back to the Gold Rush of the mid 1800s, including operation during the Prohibition era. They still distill whiskey and rum, although they…

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Review: Foundry Distilling Sinister Malt Whisky

By Rob Theakston | May 19, 2021 |

Collaborations between beer and whiskey makers often yield mixed results. Far too often, the hops influence or some other variable will hijack the process, and the well-intended experiment loses the plot. Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing and its well-respected Milk Stout Nitro have been around for quite a bit, and the people behind Foundry may appear…

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