About Unaged Whiskey

About Unaged Whiskey
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

Ranger Creek .36 White Whiskey
92 points
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
Sugarlands Shine Jim Toms Signature Unaged Rye Moonshine
85 points
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.
TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey
84 points
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