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: 2XO The Tribute Blend and Oak Series – American Oak

By Christopher Null | March 31, 2024 |

Dixon Dedman’s 2XO juggernaut continues with the launch of a third limited edition whiskey in the Icon series — The Tribute Blend — and his first “everyday drinker,” the first 2XO to be a permanent offering. This new Oak Series will include a series of whiskeys at a lower price point and which undergo “an innovative…

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Review: Hand Barrel Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 29, 2024 |

Take a bottle shaped like a barrel and cover it in camouflage paint, then fill it with Kentucky bourbon. Boom, you’ve got Hand Barrel Bourbon, a limited edition product designed to celebrate American veterans, with a significant 10% of proceeds going to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation charity. Proprietor Jim Hand provides ample production information…

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Review: Bulleit American Single Malt Whiskey

By Drew Beard | March 22, 2024 |

While plenty of smaller, craft brands have been flooding the market with American Single Malt (ASM) whiskey over the last few years, the big boys of American whiskey have been releasing their own expressions at a comparative trickle. Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s hopped on the ASM train last year, and now Bulleit has joined…

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Review: Tincup Bourbon Fourteener Release No. 2

By Christopher Null | March 21, 2024 |

Tincup’s Fourteener series (a 14 year old Colorado bourbon) got its start at the end of 2022, and as promised it’s back with a second edition, Release No. 2, which is bottled in honor of Quandary Peak, one of the 58 mountains in Colorado known as Fourteeners, due to their height topping 14,000 feet. For…

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Review: Old Pepper Bourbon, Rye, and James E. Pepper Bourbon (2024)

By Christopher Null | March 20, 2024 |

Like many American whiskey brands of late, the Old Pepper/James E. Pepper brand has gone through all kinds of changes since we first encountered it in 2013. At the time, the brand was a relaunch of an ancient label that hadn’t been produced since 1958 (or 1961, depending on who you trust), taking advantage of…

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Review: Heaven Hill Heritage Collection Bourbon 18 Years Old (2024)

By Christopher Null | March 19, 2024 |

  Heaven Hill’s inaugural Heritage Collection release in 2022 was such a standout that it earned a spot on our Top 10 Whiskeys of the year list. The 2023 follow-up — a 20-year-old corn whiskey — didn’t quite impress the same way, but its unique composition was a bit of an oddity that at least…

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Review: Savage & Cooke Core Whiskeys 2024 – American Whiskey, Cask Finished Rye, and Cask Finished Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 14, 2024 |

At the end of 2023, Savage and Cooke rebranded its permanent lineup, revamping its core whiskeys, ditching the avant garde photography, and formally changing its name to Savage & Cooke instead of Savage and Cooke. I already miss Margaret Pattillo‘s remarkable label pictures; the new text-only labels are about as far from the original designs…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Tennessee Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks

By Christopher Null | March 13, 2024 |

The next Distillery Series release from Jack Daniel’s has arrived, and it’s one of the most surprising I’ve seen from the brand to date. The spin with this release — an experimental release that will only be sold in Tennessee for a limited time — is that after its initial aging in new charred oak barrels,…

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Review: Reservoir Distillery Holland’s Ghost, Blade Rummer, and Milkman

By Drew Beard | March 8, 2024 |

It’s been a few years since we last checked in on Richmond’s Reservoir Distillery. The craft whiskey producer remains rather unique among its peers, offering 100% grain mashbills and aging in small barrels (mostly 5-gallon). While we’ve already covered their core portfolio and one half of the Hunter and Scott line, today we’re taking a…

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Review: New Riff High Note Collection – Malted Rye and Bohemian Wheat Bourbon

By Drew Beard | March 7, 2024 |

Northern Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery just keeps on riffing, recently adding two new offerings to their limited-edition line, now dubbed the High Note Collection. Each is an 8 year old expression making this duo their oldest whiskeys to date, but both should be familiar to New Riff fans. One is a more aged expression of…

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