About American Straight Whiskey

About American Straight Whiskey
An American straight whiskey is one that less than 160 proof (80% ABV) form a fermented mash of at least 51% corn, rye, malted barley, wheat or malted rye and has been age for at least two years in charred oak barrels. Straight whiskies may be produced from a blend of straight whiskies produced in the same state. Offering a coper or amber color and displaying notes of caramel, toffee and baking spices among others, these are generally used for mixing with soda or tonic or used in cocktails.

Top Picks for American Straight Whiskey

Thirteenth Colony Southern Whiskey
87 points
$35.99
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato and chocolate cherry nut fudge with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long rich brown and pickling spices, cola, caramelized nuts and fruits, and sandalwood incense finish. A rich, flavorful, and surprisingly smooth (given its proof) whiskey.
87 points $35.99
Crown Valley Distillery Coldwater Whiskey
87 points
$45
Deep amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chestnut honeyed dried fruits, leather, and malted chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long creme brulee, sweet spices, pepper, and cedar finish. A flavor-packed blended whiskies with a lot of spice and fruit that bodes well for cocktails.