American Whiskey

American whiskey comprises a huge swath of sub-categories, and most of the whiskeys you’ll encounter fall into one of these. Bourbon (distinguished by its 51%-or-greater corn mashbill) is undoubtedly the largest of these, with Rye (at least 51% rye) arguably second. Tennessee Whiskey (a subset of Bourbon, made in Tennessee and charcoal mellowed) is another major, with Wheat Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, and Malt Whiskey all having their adherents. White whiskey (unaged whiskey) is another segment growing in size. Other categories, including Blended Whiskey, Light Whiskey, and Spirit Whiskey can also be found occupying this broad catch-all category.

Top American Whiskey Categories:

Bourbon
Tennessee Whiskey
Rye
Wheat Whiskey
American Single Malt

john b. stetson bourbon

Review: John B. Stetson Bourbon

By Christopher Null | January 26, 2012 |

Don’t let the New Jersey office location of Vision Wine & Spirits, the owner of this new whiskey, give you a scare. It’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, through and through. Crafted using both rye and wheat in the mashbill (in addition to corn and barley, of course), the whiskey is double distilled in traditional copper pot…

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EH Taylor Tornado Surviving Warehouse C Bourbon

Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon

By Christopher Null | January 25, 2012 |

On April 2, 2006, a storm ripped through Kentucky, tearing apart two of Buffalo Trace’s warehouses. One was empty. One, Warehouse C, was full of 24,000 barrels of then-young, far-from-release E.H. Taylor Bourbon. The walls and roof were ripped open, but the whiskey survived. But this did expose the barrels inside to the elements (see…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Oat Bourbon and Rice Bourbon

By Christopher Null | January 15, 2012 |

God bless Buffalo Trace. Some of the most interesting and intriguing whiskeys in the world are coming out of this massive outfit, many of which are branded, appropriately, with “Experimental Collection” on the label. These two oddball whiskeys are BT’s last Experimental Bourbons from 2011, and they arrived at Drinkhacker HQ with quite a bit…

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Review: Willett Single Barrel Rye 3 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 8, 2012 |

No big ceremony here: I can’t find much info on the mashbill (or anything else, really) for this whiskey, but I found this little Kentucky gem at Costco for all of $32.99. A really young, high-proof rye (110 proof), this lil’ upstart demands water and plenty of it. Without agua it’s just too brash (not…

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red stag honey tea spiced with cinnamon

Review: Jim Beam Red Stag Honey Tea and Red Stag Spiced with Cinnamon

By Christopher Null | January 3, 2012 |

Red Stag — black cherry flavored Bourbon whiskey — was a bit pioneering on its own. And while it isn’t the only flavored whiskey we’ve encountered, now try this on: Two new versions of Red Stag (which is still based on a standard, four-year-old Bourbon), one with honey and tea flavors, one with cinnamon. I…

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Red State Bourbon vs. Blue State Bourbon: Which Will You Choose?

By Christopher Null | December 30, 2011 |

As political season heats up, our friends at Heaven Hill have a question for you: Are you a Blue State or a Red State kind of guy? The idea is pretty genius: Two Bourbons, one called Blue State and one called Red State, complete with appropriate donkey/elephant imagery. Can the political leanings of the country…

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Big Bottom Whiskey 3 Year Port Cask Bottle Image

Review: Big Bottom Whiskey Port Cask Finish 3 Years Old

By Christopher Null | December 22, 2011 |

I liked Big Bottom’s 2 Year Old Port Cask Finished Whiskey so much I named it my top American whiskey of the year. What could be better then than Big Bottom Port Finished Whiskey, one year older? With this second batch of whiskey, the Bourbon is older (3 years, one day) before it went into…

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rebel yell whiskey

Review: Rebel Yell Bourbon (2011)

By Christopher Null | December 21, 2011 |

Will Rebel Yell have you crying, “More, more, more?” Admittedly the name does not instill the confidence of high quality. Like Fighting Cock, perhaps, it connotes a rough and tumble Old West style. I poured a glass and prepared to be burned in more ways than one. I was surprised to find that Rebel Yell…

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jack daniels winter jack

Greetings from Frankfurt, Germany

By Christopher Null | December 18, 2011 |

I’m spending a week in southern Germany and just finished a wonderful meal with Lenz Moser of Laurenz V at the Schlosshotel in Kronberg. Check out what I encountered earlier today at Frankfurt’s mammoth Christmas fair. Anyone else ever seen this? Off to the Rheingau tomorrow!

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Three

By Christopher Null | December 14, 2011 |

We’re now 36 whiskeys into the 192 to be produced as part of Buffalo Trace’s Single Oak Project. Check out our coverage of Round One and Round Two to catch up if you’re unsure what this series of very limited-release Bourbons is all about. How does this round measure up? This time, all of the…

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