About US SPIRITS

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
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Familia Camarena
Silver Tequila
Pale clear color. Aromas of wild grasses, almond nougat, cocoa powder, and banana leaf with a glycerous, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a carefree caramel covered apple, celery with peanut butter, achiote, and saffron cream finish. A mild and approachable tequila for cocktails.
89 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Familia Camarena
Reposado Tequila
Pale golden yellow color. Savory aromas of cheddar and olive muffin and roasted agave with an oily, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk caramelized sweet vidalia onion, vanilla taffy, herbs de Provence, and orgeat finish. A nice tequila for mixed drinks.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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D’Agave
Gold Agave
Brilliant gold color. Floral aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and cherries, pipe tobacco, sassafras, and spiced figs with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, suede, whole pistachios, and chalk finish. An interesting light spicy agave spirit that will mix well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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D’Agave
Silver Agave Spirit
Brilliant clear color. Boozy, hot vegetal aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and cactus, papaya goat’s milk yogurt, white pepper, and fresh meringue with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and an almond milk, toasted herbs, and aloe finish. A rustic, peppery agave spirit for adventurous cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab