About Unaged Whiskey

Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
The availability and sale of unaged or white whiskies is a recent phenomenon; these were formerly referred to as 'white dog' or 'new make' whiskies. These are whiskies where the producer has decided not to mature them in a barrel–they merely pass them through a barrel or keep them in barrel for a very short period so that they can legally qualify as 'whisky', but not retain any wood character. Thus they have a clear appearance with intriguing aromas such as white pepper, cereal and dried fruits, as opposed to the oak-influenced notes of vanilla, roasted nuts and caramel found in an aged whiskey. These are versatile whiskies that are sometimes enjoyed neat, but most often used in cocktails.
Top Picks for Unaged Whiskey
205632
OYO
Barreling Strength Rye Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of raisin bread pudding and graham cracker with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling cherry, honey on rye toast, and sweet and pepper spice finish. Great spicy rye character that will pop well in cocktails.
93 points $31.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209631
Ranger Creek
.36 White Whiskey
Clear color. Lively aromas of raisin bran, frosting, granola, and roasted chestnuts with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, long sweet cream, peppery spices, dried citrus, and chalk finish. A deliciously fruity and vivacious white whisky that will mix fantastically.
92 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205735
Skip Rock
Headwaters White Whiskey
Clear. Clean aromas and flavors of raisin bran and delicate minerals with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, peppery spice and sweet cream accented finish. A very precisely made and versatile white whisky with a lot of charm.
91 points $16.75 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205683
Heritage Distilling Co.
Commander's Rye Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of frosted raisin bran, wax, plantain, and fig rye pastry with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming pink peppercorn, edible flower, straw and powdered sugar accented finish. Nice nuances of flavor that should show well in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205433
Louisiana Lightning
Clear Sour Mash Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of roasted corn cob, molasses and burnt sugar with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and powdered sugar, dried citrus, mineral and white pepper snap on the finish. A lively white whisky for cocktails.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205647
Syntax Spirits
White Cat Whisky
Clear. Aromas of apricot custard pastry and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty pepper, citrus marmalade, and grass finish with lots of minerally warmth. A snappy white whisky with good texture and dimension of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205713
HUDSON
New York Corn Whiskey
Clear. Aromas of polenta, date cookie, and aloe vera with a silky, dryish medium body and a sweet cream, nut and mineral finish. Solid.
86 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209351
Sugarlands Shine
Jim Tom's Signature Unaged Rye Moonshine
Clear color. Lively, fruity, grainy aromas of raisin bran and figs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length honey cream, rye flour, and nutshell finish. A nice fruity white rye whisky that will mix well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209597
TOPO
Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey
Clear amber color. Lively aromas of caramelized fruits, licorice, toffee, and polished wood with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length creme brulee, pepper, wood plank, and nut shell finish with light oak. A fun flavored lightly aged whisky.
84 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206044
Deerhammer
Whitewater Whiskey
Clear. Sharp and worty aromas and flavors of yogurt coated raisins and nuts, brewer’s yeast, old porridge, and over toasted granola with a dryish medium-to-full body and nutshell, chicory, and dusty hay accented finish. An interesting, rustic, moonshine like white whisky. Try in barrel aged cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab