About American Single Malt Whiskey

Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
While rare, there are a handful of American single malt whiskeys being crafted today; they are produced entirely from malted barley. Based on the single malts from Scotland, the American versions also resemble their more famous whiskeys in their peaty, sweet wood notes. Like their counterparts from Scotland, serve after dinner in a small snifter.
Top Picks for American Single Malt Whiskey
216366
Breckenridge
"Dark Arts" Malt Mash Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216461
Bainbridge
Yama Mizunara Cask Single Grain Whiskey
Light amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of saddle leather and soap, mink oil, butter roasted grains and nuts, and banana-fig cake with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long cashew nougat, fruit cake, dulce du leche gelato, and tobacco finish. A very exotic, leathery whisky with a delicious creamy, fruity center.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216858
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Interesting, floral, hoppy aromas of spiced pineapple, chocolate orange peels, honeyed lemon herb muffin, and pine blossoms with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grapefruit chutney on rye toast, hop candy, lemon-orange pepper, and pine finish. A fun, hoppy whisky with lots of interesting flavor twists and turns for whisky daredevils.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209619
Westland
Peated Single Malt Whiskey
Amber color. Lively, creamy aromas of honey roasted nuts, creme brulee, dried fruits, and band aid with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long toasted grain, peat moss, pepper, and charcoal and iodine finish. A remarkably Scottish tasting US single malt.
94 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221262
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Single Malt Whiskey
Clear dark amber color. Smoky aromas of smoking rosewood, sandalwood and crisp apple, wild cherry and ripe melon, and horse saddle with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long cigar, charred vanilla bean, rackhouse, and baking spices finish. A deep-woods, smoky American Single Malt for sipping in a leather chair.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206610
Westland
American Single Malt Whiskey
Amber color. Rich, fruity, inviting aromas of granola, peach and pineapple cobbler, and baking spice with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long dried fruit, pepper, vanilla cola, and minerals finish. A vivacious single malt that delivers a lot of flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205715
HUDSON
Single Malt Whiskey
Copper color. Aromas of barley flour, toasted fruit cake, chestnut honey, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, rich, caramelized nut and grain finish with lots of peppery spice, delicate anise, and tannic cedar. Impressive.
93 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216857
Moylan’s Distilling Co.
Single Malt Whisky
Gold color. Complex, fruity aromas of fresh rum spice-fruit cake, caramelized tropical fruits and nuts, green hops, and toasted herbs and spices with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long bbq rub and toasted cherry wood, pink pepper, and minerals finish. An exotically spicy and hoppy single malt with lots of fun layers of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205628
Few
Single Malt Whiskey
Minutely hazy amber color. Enticing aromas and flavors of dried fruits, roasted nuts, chestnut honey, and new suede with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, grainy barley flour, slate, dusty whole nut, and pepper accented finish. An intriguing, flavorful packed single malt for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221357
Cedar Ridge
Single Malt Whiskey
Clear golden amber color. Funky aromas of honey butter, southern biscuit, banana peel and smoked gouda, and candied walnut with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length candied ginger, cherry cordial, marzipan, and frosted spice cake finish. Delicious candied flavors shine in this complex craft whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab