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: Barrell Bourbon Batch 30

By Drew Beard | December 16, 2021 |

Barrell Bourbon Batch 30 has arrived, marking yet another milestone for the bourbon blending behemoth. At this point, we could fill a whole bar with only Barrell Bourbon batch releases (maybe we already have), and we honestly wouldn’t complain about the selection, despite almost all of these releases being some mix of bourbons from Kentucky,…

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Review: Southern Grace Distilleries Conviction Double Oak 1929 and Conviction Naranja

By Drew Beard | December 14, 2021 |

In 2018, we took you behind bars at Southern Grace Distilleries’ “Whiskey Prison” when we checked out their Conviction Small Batch Bourbon. It was a surprisingly well-built whiskey to be so young, never mind the fact that it was fermented in 50-gallon drums and distilled one gallon at a time on a pot still constructed…

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Review: Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Bourbon

By Drew Beard | December 14, 2021 |

Kentucky Owl began life in 2014 as a small batch, boutique whiskey brand whose ultra-limited bourbon releases quickly attained near Pappy-like levels of adoration, complete with ridiculous secondary valuations on top of already generous SRPs. In 2017, the brand broke into the broader market with a series of small batch, well-aged rye releases (see Batch…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific” Rye Whiskey 17 Years Old 2021

By Christopher Null | December 12, 2021 |

It’s December, so that must mean it’s time to get down with another release of WhistlePig’s prized Boss Hog, now in its eighth edition: LapuLapu’s Pacific, which is double finished in rum casks. It’s a single barrel release that’s “almost” 18 years old, but still technically a 17 year old bottling. Let’s dig into the…

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Review: Baker’s Bourbon Exclusive Selection 2021

By Christopher Null | December 11, 2021 |

Baker’s Bourbon made a big shift in 2019, becoming a single barrel offering available as a 7 year old or a (very rare) 13 year old. Today we are checking out a very limited release that falls in between, dubbed Baker’s Exclusive Selection, bottled at the age of 11 years, 8 months. Like both of the…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Distillery Series – Chocolate Malt Whisper Bourbon

By Christopher Null | December 10, 2021 |

It’s been two years since we saw anything from the ultra-limited Woodford Reserve Distillery Series, but we’re happy to be back with its latest release: Chocolate Malt Whisper. Normally I would advise against the use of the word “whisper” in any product — whiskey or otherwise — but let’s make an exception for the Woodford…

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Review: Whiskeys of Hudson Whiskey NY, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | December 9, 2021 |

Gardiner, New York’s Tuthilltown Spirits is one of the old guard of craft distilling, having been on the scene since 2005 with its Hudson Whiskey brand. The brand’s squat bottles and quirky production techniques — which pioneered miniature barrels and the use of loud music to vibrate barrels in the warehouse — are legendary. Like…

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Review: Little Book Blended Whiskey Chapter 5: “The Invitation” (2021)

By Christopher Null | December 7, 2021 |

The titular invitation here is less unique than you’d think. It’s basically an invitation to, well, drink this whiskey, again a unique blend of bourbon and rye. What’s in the mix? Four different whiskeys, including: 2-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon 3-year-old 100% malted rye 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Proportions are unstated, as…

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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 14 Years Old (2021)

By Christopher Null | December 6, 2021 |

Brown-Forman’s King of Kentucky brand is back with its fourth release. and like the 2020 and 2018 releases, it’s a 14 year old single barrel bottling made from a 79% corn, 11% rye, and 10% barley mash. Proof varies among the 33 barrels and 2700 bottles, from roughly 125 to 135. All of this is…

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Review: Firestone & Robertson TX Bourbon – Bottled-in-Bond and Cognac Finished

By Christopher Null | December 5, 2021 |

Fort Worth’s Firestone & Robertson — aka F&R — is much better known by the branding for its most visible product: the TX Whiskey line. While we previously reviewed TX Blended Whiskey, the brand now has at least nine different expressions of whiskey on the market, most of them bourbon. Today we’re looking at two…

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