About Specialty Spirits from USA

About Specialty Spirits from USA
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products. In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey. This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms. But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Specialty Spirits

B 100% Real Beet Distilled Spirit
93 points
Clear color. Savory, attractive aromas and flavors of roasted and pickled beets, hint of spiced fruits, roasted cauliflower, and galanga with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dusty root vegetables, powdered sugar, radish, and pepper finish. A very interesting and distinctive root vegetable like spirit for savory cocktails.
93 points $29.99
Dry County Distillery Black Rope Anise Spirit
92 points
Minutely hazy clear color. Rich, spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice, banana nut muffin, and pepper with an even, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, carefree anise seed, pepper dust, and minerals finish. A pure, smooth, and balanced anise schnapps.
Painted Stave Distilling Harvest Grappa
87 points
Bright clear color. Lively, attractive, clean fruity inviting aromas of cracked pepper on watermelon rind, box of raisins, cedar plank, and rye flour sack with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long suede, cucumber juice, honey cream, and nut oil finish. A mild, mellow grappa.
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Maple Spirit
86 points
Bright light gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of toasted nuts in honey, sweet cornbread, burnt sugar, winter spices, and circus peanuts with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, easy caramel, wet leaves, diced apple, bananas foster, and bread pudding finish. A light and interesting whiskey alternative for easy sipping.
86 points $58.99
Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Whiskey
81 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of pumpernickel bread dough, raisins, leather, tomato paste, and steamed nuts with a satiny, flat, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length olorosso sherry, salted cajeta, packaged fruit cake, and vermouth finish. A funky, seemingly port-influenced whiskey for those seeking something completely different.
81 points $44.99
Standard Wormwood Distillery Wormwood Rye
80 points
Brilliant amber color. Interesting aromas of pipe tobacco, pencil shavings and halvah, toasted raisin bran and pumpernickel nut bread, and Playdoh and clay with a silky, flat, dryish body and a peppery, engaging, relaxed smoked nuts and raisins, lapsang tea, cedar bark and dust, and peppercorns finish. A curious, lightly smoked, lightly bitter whisky.