About American Single Malt Whiskey

About American Single Malt Whiskey
A newer and still-evolving category, American Single Malt Whiskey must meet the following requirements:

Must be composed of 100% malted barley.

Must be distilled entirely at one distillery.

Must be mashed, distilled, and matured in the United States of America.

Must be matured in oak casks with capacity no larger than 700 liters.

Must be distilled to no more than 160 proof and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof.

Top Picks for American Single Malt Whiskey

Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - American Oak
92 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of creamy caramel, roasted peanuts, ripe raspberry, grilled meats, and sliced bananas with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish that presents shades of herb focaccia, buttered crepes, whipped cream with nutmeg, and ganache finish. A tasty, complex American single malt with a lengthy finish that unveils new flavors with each sip.
Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - Port Cask
91 points
Dark amber color. Baked aromas and flavors of digestive biscuits with honey, flan, rum-raisin, chocolate-covered almonds, and nougat with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, elegant, medium-long finish conveying nuances of mango coulis, toasted barley, dried banana, and watercress finish. A rich and toothsome single malt that hits every note.
Putnam New England New England Whiskey
91 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of fresh baked croissant, pumpernickel, and chestnut with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, very long cherry preserves, grilled pear, herb butter, toasted marshmallow, saddle soap, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and fresh mint finish. A spectacularly complex and dense American Single Malt Whiskey that offers incredibly well-integrated flavors and a deliciously satisfying finish; buy this.
91 points $69.99
Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - Peated
90 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of smoked apricot, autumn leaves, honeycomb, chocolate malt balls, and apple pie with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long caramel, spiced pumpkin, and cinnamon toast finish. A lightly peated, fruity and complex single malt whiskey that is sure to please.
Tire Fire Heavily Peated Whiskey Single Malt
88 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of iodine, soft pretzel, smoked seaweed, soft white bread, pear, and smoked meats with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish that shows touches of white chocolate, coriander, peppercorns, and ash finish. A successful peated American Single Malt with lots of flavors to unpack.
88 points $49.99
Cedar Ridge Single Malt Whiskey
84 points
Light gold color. Aromas of vanilla malted milk, moss, alfalfa, sesame, dough, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, relaxed toasted sourdough and caraway finish. A pillowy single malt for easy-sipping.