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

Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 4, 2011 |

Is there anything better than a Bourbon whiskey named after an old dude with initials for a first name? And this one’s a Colonel, people! Funnin’ aside, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., was a real guy — he introduced climate-controlled warehouses in Kentucky in the 1800s and patented his own sour mash technique — and…

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Review: Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut” Bourbon

By Christopher Null | February 25, 2011 |

In whiskeymaking, you lose a large amount of spirit to evaporation as it sits in barrels for years. This is an accepted part of the process, and the spirit that vanishes into the air is known, poetically, as “the angel’s share.” With tongue firmly in cheek, Jim Beam is (soon) releasing this new whiskey: Devil’s…

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Review: Early Times Kentucky Whisky and 354 Bourbon

By Christopher Null | February 9, 2011 |

Early Times is one of the biggest names in inexpensive whiskey… and now it’s trying to creep upmarket. Today we look at the (only) ET that’s been on sale since the 1980s, and the new Early Times 354 Bourbon, which debuts this month. Early Times Kentucky Whisky – Note carefully, it’s not “Bourbon.” It’s “Kentucky…

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Review: High West Double Rye!

By Christopher Null | February 5, 2011 |

There is indeed an exclamation point in the official name of High West Whiskey’s latest, cryptic release. I’m not sure how Utah-based High West manages to mix cowboy imagery and metaphors with next-gen, experimental spirit-making technology, but somehow it does. The company now has about a dozen liquors, mostly whiskey, and we’ve gotten our hands…

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Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 2001 Vintage

By Christopher Null | December 23, 2010 |

Every year Evan Williams produces a single barrel version of its classy Bourbon. Incredibly affordable, these bottlings feature outstanding quality and are regularly snapped up soon after release. For 2001, Evan Williams a quieter whiskey than last year’s masterpiece, which, compared to this year’s expression, has a spicier backbone and a racier structure. Lots of…

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Review: WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Years Old

By Christopher Null | December 7, 2010 |

A whistle-pig is another name for a groundhog. It is now also a compelling straight rye whiskey from Vermont — hardly the first state that comes to mind when you talk whiskey. When they say straight rye, they mean it. WhistlePig is a rare 100% rye, aged for 10 years and bottled at 100 proof.…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Bourbon

By Christopher Null | December 1, 2010 |

Angel’s Envy is, put simply, a new concept in Bourbon making. The brainchild of longtime distiller Lincoln Henderson, each year Angel’s Envy will be released with a new recipe and a new method of manufacture. The inaugural batch — called Expression 10/10 — is already unorthodox. It’s aged in oak and finished in vintage and…

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Review: Benjamin Prichard’s Tennessee Whiskeys and Sweet Lucy Liqueur

By Christopher Null | November 12, 2010 |

It may not be canonically “Bourbon,” but the state of Tennessee is responsible for the best-selling whiskey in the world: Jack Daniel’s. But Jack isn’t the only whiskey going in Kentucky’s next-door neighbor. Benjamin Prichard has been producing a variety of spirits — including a whole family of rums — for ten years now. We…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Maple Wood Finish

By Christopher Null | October 25, 2010 |

Another semi-experimental Bourbon from Woodford Reserve. The spin this time (it’s the company’s 5th installment in the Master’s Collection) is the use of maple wood in the finishing barrels. This is big news because it had been felt, according to Woodford, that maple wood couldn’t be used to make a barrel because of certain characteristics…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2010 Edition

By Christopher Null | October 19, 2010 |

For the third year running, we’re fortunate enough to check out Buffalo Trace’s limited release editions of five highly-sought-after whiskeys. No change to the lineup, name-wise, from the 2008 and 2009 editions, although what’s inside the bottles is, as always, just a little bit different. On the whole, this year’s whiskeys, in fact, are some…

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