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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A Visit to House Spirits in Portland, Oregon
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Review: Copper Fox Distillery Sassy Rye and Cognac Finish Rye

By Drew Beard | July 6, 2019 |

Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery has been busy of late. They continue to expand at their second distillery and tasting room in Williamsburg, which opened in 2016. That distillery is larger than the original Sperryville location near the Shenandoah Valley and will eventually house a still twice as large as their original, a bigger malting house,…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest Washington DC 2019

By Drew Beard | May 9, 2019 |

For a city that seems to always be in need of a stiff drink, WhiskyFest D.C. was a little less crowded than in previous years. Once again, there was no sign of Pappy van Winkle, but the BTAC offerings lasted well into the evening. As with most DC WhiskyFests, the seminars offered the biggest bang for…

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Review: 6 Whiskeys from A.D. Laws – Hordeum Malt, Secale Ryes, and Four Grain Bourbons

By Christopher Null | May 8, 2019 |

Denver-based A.D. Laws, aka Laws Whiskey House, has quietly grown in stature to take a spot as one of the major craft distilleries in the U.S. Its focus is on whiskey and only whiskey: The company kicks out a dozen or so different bottlings, all with a focus on heritage grains, locally sourced ingredients, and…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2019

By Christopher Null | April 23, 2019 |

That’s two years in a row with no major injuries – woo! Whiskies of the World 2019 is in the books, at least its San Francisco installment, and that means another spring evening of Scotch, bourbon, and fettuccine alfredo has come to a close. My American whiskey love affair of WotW 2018 reversed itself for…

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Review: Westland Peat Week 2019

By Christopher Null | March 15, 2019 |

For five years running, Seattle’s Westland Distillery has put out “Peat Week,” a special release that, like Balvenie, is made (and, in this case, is being poured at the distillery) for only one week out of the year. While Westland makes peated whiskey year-round, Peat Week is a special edition with its own barrel regimen.…

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Review: Greenbar Distillery Tru Vodkas, Crusoe Rums, and Slow Hand Whiskeys (2019)

By Christopher Null | March 13, 2019 |

Founded in 2004, LA-based Greenbar Distillery is a stalwart pioneer of craft distillation. We’ve covered their spirits multiple times over the years, including looks at malt whiskey, an amazing amaro, and even vodkas dating back to before the company was even called Greenbar. Today we look at six products from Greenbar, including two vodkas (which…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky (Batch 2)

By Drew Beard | March 3, 2019 |

Last year, we reviewed Virginia Distillery Co.’s first release of Brewers Batch, a limited edition release that showcases finishing casks sourced from local breweries. That inaugural batch featured a cask from Virginia’s Three Notch’d Brewing that had been used to finish a scotch ale, and while enjoyable, I felt like there was almost too much…

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A Visit to House Spirits in Portland, Oregon

By Christopher Null | December 12, 2018 |

Very few people are doing American single malt whisky with solid success, but one of the outliers has long been House Spirits, an early mover in this space and the brand behind Westward Single Malt, which we reviewed in one of its earliest incarnations in 2013. Today, House Spirits is known as the brand that…

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Review: Westland Garryana Native Oak Series 2018 Edition 3|1

By Christopher Null | October 7, 2018 |

The third release of Westland’s unique single malt, aged in Garryana oak barrels that are sourced from the Pacific Northwest, has arrived. What’s new in the “Garry Oak” series with edition #3? Once again, fans are in for a twist that takes this spirit in a whole new direction: Unlike the previous two editions, which married…

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Review: Whiskey Del Bac Dorado, Clear, and Classic (2018)

By Christopher Null | August 25, 2018 |

Hamilton Distillers is based in Tucson, Arizona, and wears its desert cred on its sleeve. Distilling out of a 40 gallon pot still since 2011, this is a grain-to-glass (sand-to-glass?) operation that even operates its own malt house (now tank-malted instead of floor-malted). The Del Bac line includes three single malts, two of which are smoked with…

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