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: Balcones “1” Peated and Rumble Cask Reserve (2019)

By Christopher Null | January 21, 2020 |

Waco-based Balcones recently dropped two special releases, both twists on two of its mainline whiskeys — “1” Single Malt and Rumble. “1” Peated is, as the name suggests, a peated version of the “1” Single Malt. Rumble Cask Reserve is an update/rebranding of Rumble, completely revamped and bottled at cask strength. Let’s dig in. Balcones…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky (2019)

By Drew Beard | December 12, 2019 |

While the Virginia Distillery Co. gears up for the launch next spring of its new flagship brand, Courage & Conviction, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit its current flagship offering, the Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky. With releases now well into the double digits, plenty has changed about this whisky since…

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Review: St. George Baller Single Malt Whiskey

By Drew Beard | November 30, 2019 |

California-based St. George Spirits produces a diverse portfolio of spirits. They make three different vodkas, four different gins, fruit brandies, liqueurs, even shochu and basil eau de vie. That creativity extends to their whiskey offerings, as well, with Baller Single Malt Whiskey being perhaps their most unique. “It’s a California take on the Japanese spin…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Prelude: Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whisky

By Drew Beard | October 24, 2019 |

Virginia Distillery Co. reached a milestone recently with the release of Prelude: Courage & Conviction, the first single malt whisky made entirely at the distillery in Lovingston, Virginia. Up until this point, each release was a blend of the distillery’s own young single malt and sourced stocks from Scotland. Prelude won’t be a permanent addition…

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Review: Westland Garryana Native Oak Series 2019 Edition 4|1

By Christopher Null | October 12, 2019 |

Garryana #4 from Seattle’s Westland is on us, marking the fourth year this unusual single malt, aged partly in Garryana oak barrels that are sourced from the Pacific Northwest, has been produced. For 2019, Westland has released more than twice as many bottles while dropping the abv, and the total amount of production information is…

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Review: Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt

By Drew Beard | October 1, 2019 |

Even with its already robust portfolio of small batch whiskeys, single barrels, and limited editions, the folks at Barrell Bourbon can’t seem to satisfy their creative appetites. Enter their latest special release, American Vatted Malt. It’s admittedly an unsexy name for a pretty unique undertaking. I’ll let Barrell explain: This bottling is a blend of…

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A Visit to Virginia Distillery Co.

By Drew Beard | September 25, 2019 |

Virginia Distillery Co. opened its doors in 2015 in Nelson County, Virginia, just south of the college town of Charlottesville. The distillery was the dream of its late founder, the Irish businessman and whisky enthusiast Dr. George G. Moore. There wasn’t any family lore inspiring its founding and Dr. Moore didn’t intend to make traditional…

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Review: Town Branch Kentucky Single Malt 7 Years Old

By Christopher Null | September 22, 2019 |

In an America where bourbon rules above all else, it’s always unusual to see distillers branching out into different grains — namely malted barley. Town Branch is the latest Kentucky distillery to release a single malt whiskey, and this expression of 100% malted barley even carries an age statement of 7 years. Let’s give it…

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Review: Spirit Lab Distilling Single Malt Whiskey (Batch 3)

By Drew Beard | August 8, 2019 |

There’s plenty of debate about what defines a “craft” distillery. Production volume tends to be the most common measure, but plenty of “craft” distilleries argue the purity and proximity to their ingredients, the farm-to-glass element, is an important distinction, as well. Plus, there’s how you distill, with less automation often equating to a more handcrafted…

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Review: Balcones Pot Still Bourbon, Rye, “1,” and Baby Blue Whiskey (2019)

By Christopher Null | July 31, 2019 |

Waco-based Balcones is one of the most innovative distilleries in Texas, with new expressions constantly trickling out of the operation. The latest to arrive is Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon , which is distilled in Forsyth pot stills from a four-grain mash of roasted blue corn, Texas wheat, Texas rye and malted barley, then aged…

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