About American Single Malt Whiskey

About American Single Malt Whiskey
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

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.
Bainbridge Yama Mizunara Cask Single Grain Whiskey
95 points
$495
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.
Moylan’s Distilling Co. Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$70
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.
Westland Peated Single Malt Whiskey
94 points
$69.99
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
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$100
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.
Awards: 2017 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
Westland American Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$55
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.
Copper Fox Peachwood American Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$54.99
Rich bronze color. Smoky aromas of alfalfa sprouts on rye toast, smoked chocolate, red rice, caramel, wet hay, cow hide, and clover with a round, bright, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long peanut brittle, honey, espresso, black licorice, cornmeal crust, and fresh oregano finish. A big, chewy American Single Malt that will delight whisky enthusiasts.
92 points $54.99
Moylan’s Distilling Co. Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$50
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.
Cedar Ridge Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$48
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.
Rogue Spirits Oregon Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$47.75
Hazy golden amber color. Mild aromas of honeyed grain, hazelnut brittle, and flower patch with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long honey cream, raisin bread pudding, spiced cherries and peaches, and pepper finish. A mellow yet gently warming single malt reminiscent of a lowland Scotch.
90 points $47.75