About American Straight Whiskey

Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
An American straight whiskey is one that less than 160 proof (80% ABV) form a fermented mash of at least 51% corn, rye, malted barley, wheat or malted rye and has been age for at least two years in charred oak barrels. Straight whiskies may be produced from a blend of straight whiskies produced in the same state. Offering a coper or amber color and displaying notes of caramel, toffee and baking spices among others, these are generally used for mixing with soda or tonic or used in cocktails.
Top Picks for American Straight Whiskey
205617
Bully Boy Distillers
American Straight Whiskey
Slight hazy pale amber color. Aromas of walnut toffee and cola float with a with a slightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery spice, pencil shaving, and honeycomb finish. Nicely balanced for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209573
Oola
Whiskey Discourse
Brilliant copper color. Bright, toasty, creamy aromas of caramelized fruits, toffee, and spiced nuts with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long brown spices, creme brulee, roasted nuts, and minerals finish. A superb straight whisky with great vibrancy and depth of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216801
Thirteenth Colony
Southern Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato and chocolate cherry nut fudge with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long rich brown and pickling spices, cola, caramelized nuts and fruits, and sandalwood incense finish. A rich, flavorful, and surprisingly smooth (given its proof) whiskey.
87 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214584
Crown Valley Distillery
Coldwater Whiskey
Deep amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chestnut honeyed dried fruits, leather, and malted chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long creme brulee, sweet spices, pepper, and cedar finish. A flavor-packed blended whiskies with a lot of spice and fruit that bodes well for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209508
The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand
Whiskey
Golden amber color. Bright, toasty, nutty aromas of fruitcake, nougat, and spicy egg nog with a glycerous, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length cedar spice rack, pepper, chestnut honey, and charcoal finish. A pleasant, spicy young whisky.
85 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab