About US Spirits

About US Spirits
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products.

In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey.

This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms.

But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Frey Ranch Gin
97 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Bold, pungent, piney complex aromas and flavors of pine sap, lacquer, dried flowers, and smoked pepper and campfire fire with a creamy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long pine needle, honeyed juniper, and chalk finish. An amazingly powerful and intense gin with 3D fresh piney juniper flavors.
97 points $32.99
Copperworks Distilling Company American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points
$59.99
Bright golden amber color. Smoky aromas of sea salt, olive oil, flamed orange peel, Douglas fir, singed quassia, leather, and raisins in honey with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dried mint, lavender, rosemary, thyme, green peppercorn, and eucalyptus finish. A vividly spicy and herbal American Single Malt with world-class depth and balance; a very memorable dram.
Awards: 2018 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points $59.99
Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
96 points
$69.99
Amber color. Complex aromas of smoked pineapple, fresh ginger, raisins, fine chocolate, crystalized orange peel, chocolate dusted almonds, licorice, and violet with an oily, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, involved, very long dried cherries, paprika, tajin on mangoes, patent leather, walnut, mahogany, vanilla custard, and blackberry preserve finish. A densely concentrated rye akin to a fine Bordeaux wine; succumb to its power and grace.
Awards: 2018 Best Rye Whiskey
96 points $69.99
Hoodoo Papa Legba Reserve Chicory Liqueur
96 points
$35
Dark reddish mahogany color. Complex, roasted aromas of blackened walnut, charred chicory, mace, dried rose and geranium, ginseng, and fine espresso with a round, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, epic, long salted milk chocolate, marinated pimentos, black pepper, olive, caramel buttercream, toasted coconut pastry, and orris root finish. An endlessly complex, very distinctive liqueur that will up your cocktail game; a must-try.
Awards: 2018 Best Herb/Spice Liqueur
Handy & Schiller Barreled Old Fashioned
96 points
$39.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint gelato, spiced pistachio nougat, pink pepper, and herbal mint tea with a round, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a warming, complex, long candied citrus peels, brown spices, and hint of menthol mint finish. A delicious ready-to-drink cocktail that tastes homemade.
Awards: 2018 Best Barrel Aged RTD
96 points $39.99
Vapor Distillery Boulder Ginskey
96 points
$40
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of fine furniture, lavender studded caramel, cinnamon candies, licorice, ginseng, and allspice dram with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long cracked juniper, eucalyptus-vanilla, gardenia incense, creme de violette, fresh cut grass, and good n plenty candies finish. A delicious and complex, spice-bomb of a barrel-aged gin that will add a hybrid of bourbon and gin flavors to your cocktail repertoire.
Awards: 2018 Best Barrel Aged Gin
Breckenridge "Dark Arts" Malt Mash Whiskey
96 points
$299
Brilliant gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of saddle leather and soap, white chocolate toffee, banana raisin muffin, and clay with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long honeyed dried fruits, brown spices, minerals, and tobacco leaf finish. A complex interplay of dark fruits and leathery notes make this a fine sipping and cigar choice.
Old New Orleans 20th Anniversary Blend "King Creole" Rum
96 points
$84.99
Brilliant gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate maple nut fudge, spicy fruit chutney, honey vanilla bean gelato, and copper with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, long vanilla buttercream and cola, tiramisu, pink pepper, and minerals finish. A superbly spicy and intricate sipping rum that will cover all bases.
96 points $84.99
KOVAL Distillery Cranberry Gin Liqueur
95 points
$35
Garnet color. Exotic, spicy aromas of horehound candy, dried ginger, eucalyptus, marinated hot peppers, star anise, sesame, salted plum, and dried mushroom with a satiny, racy, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long tart cranberry, sloeberry and oolong tea finish. A totally unique liqueur with piles of East Asian spices and racy acidity; one-of-a-kind craft cocktails, coming right up!
George Remus Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$74.99
Amber color. Aromas of all-butter cookies, hazelnut creme, chai tea, banana loaf, slate, and soy glazed nuts with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long speculoos cookie spread, maple creme, clove cigarettes, and grand Marnier finish. Warm, spicy flavors abound in this concentrated bourbon that will be appreciated by whiskey enthusiasts.
Awards: 2018 Best Bourbon Whiskey
95 points $74.99