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: Stranahan’s Blue Peak

By Christopher Null | March 20, 2021 |

Blue Peak is the latest innovation from Colorado’s Stranahan’s, which has been dedicated to American single malt whiskey since the earliest days of the craft movement. This offering is a four year old toddler, spending its first four years in 53 gallon new oak barrels with a #3 char. From there, things get more interesting,…

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Review: Town Branch Kentucky Single Malt Whiskey Cask Strength

By Rob Theakston | February 13, 2021 |

It has been seven years since having the opportunity to review Town Branch’s underwhelming bourbon offering. Making a return visit to reassess quality over time was always intended but never panned out. Four years later, Christopher reviewed the Town Branch Single Malt and was genuinely impressed with its overall quality and value, an assessment with…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whisky (Dr. Jim Swan Batch)

By Drew Beard | January 31, 2021 |

Virginia Distillery Co. hit a major milestone with the 2019 release of their long-awaited, house-made single malt, Courage & Conviction. A second release of that single malt, three times bigger than the first, hit shelves in the spring of last year. While the first release was dedicated to the distillery’s late founder, Dr. George G.…

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Review: Westland Outpost Range – Garryana 5|1 (2020) and Colere 1 (2021)

By Christopher Null | January 14, 2021 |

Seattle-based Westland is evolving its limited edition Garryana oak line of single malt whiskeys, folding this line into a broader series of single malts called the Outpost Range. The Outpost Range will include Garryana and a new whiskey called Colere (which formally arrives in Spring 2021). In 2023 a third whiskey is expected to join…

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Review: Westward Single Malts – Stout Cask and Pinot Noir Cask

By Christopher Null | January 3, 2021 |

It’s been far too many years since we’ve revisited the offerings of Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, formerly bottled under the House Spirits brand in Portland, Oregon. (Once things open up again, it’s a great place to visit and taste.) Westward’s stout-finished whiskey was in its infancy when we last visited in 2018, and now…

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Review: Lost Lantern American Vatted Malt Edition No. 1

By Christopher Null | December 2, 2020 |

What do you get when you put a former Whisky Advocate writer and an Astor Wine & Spirits sales manager together? Why, a blend of American single malt whiskies all vatted together and released as a wildly unique experience. Inspired by Scotland’s independent bottlers, Adam Polonski and Nora Ganley-Roper are releasing Lost Lantern as a series of…

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Review: Rogue Morimoto Single Malt Whiskey

By Christopher Null | October 21, 2020 |

It’s the Iron Chef! His whiskey, I mean. Oregon’s Rogue Spirits (the offshoot of Rogue Brewing) partnered with none other than “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto to create their first whiskey collaboration. It’s got a hell of a story behind it: This limited-edition whiskey started at the Rogue brewery in Newport, Oregon in 2016 as Morimoto Imperial Pilsner and…

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Review: Balcones Lineage

By Christopher Null | October 6, 2020 |

Waco, Texas-based Balcones Distilling is expanding its line of single malts again with the launch of Lineage, “a marriage between Scotch and American whisky-making tradition.” The concept? Lineage is made from barley grown in Scotland and Texas, and it’s aged in both refill and virgin oak barrels, the former the traditional method for aging in…

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Review: 7 Single Malts from 10th Street Distillery (2020)

By Christopher Null | August 28, 2020 |

When 10th Street Distillery invited me to taste through its lineups, I figured I wouldn’t be seeing much in the way of new expressions. We’ve reviewed two of the three whiskeys the company has put out to date, leaving just a “distiller’s cut” version of its peated expression untasted. Imagine my surprise when a whopping…

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Review: Corsair Dark Rye, Triple Smoke, and American Gin (2020)

By Christopher Null | August 8, 2020 |

At one point, Nashville-based Corsair had roughly 20 expressions of whiskey, gin, moonshine, and even absinthe on the market. To say that Corsair’s attentions were scattered might be a bit of an understatement. That changed this year when Corsair did a full-scale reboot, bringing their core product lineup down to just four: Two whiskeys, and…

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