About American Whiskey

About American Whiskey
American Whiskey is a Beverage Testing Institute classification for specialty whiskies bottled in the United States that do not neatly fit other categories.
Some spirits producers in the U.S. have started crafting blends of different types or categories of whiskies together to create a unique flavor profile. Examples include products made from Single Malt Scotch Whisky blended with a high-rye Bourbon, or a 50/50 blend of straight bourbon and straight rye. Under federal TTB regulations these whiskies would fall into the 'Blended Whiskey' or 'A Blend of Straight Whiskies' categories. BTI gives these products the American Whisky category designation to better capture their producers' experimental intents to delineate them from the younger, lower-priced blended whiskies that often include neutral grain spirits and/or added coloring or flavoring.

Top Picks for American Whiskey

Ala Wai Batch 14 American Whisky
94 points
$129
Bronze color. Aromas of glazed cherries, candy corn, chinese 5 spice, fresh apples, and custard with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length rose hip jam, black forest cake, pecan shortbread, and caramel candies finish. An excellent whiskey that instantly gratifies; vibrant and gripping.
Awards: 2018 Best American Whiskey
Charbay Doubled & Twisted Whiskey
92 points
$50
Gold color. Herbal, dank aromas of candied cashew, thyme, tarragon, tangerine oil, and fruit stripes gum with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, long bay leaf, green peppercorn, pickled mango and peach, smoked woodruff, chocolate covered toffee, and roasted carrots in hoisin finish. A tasty, distinctive whiskey with oscillating notes of complex herbs and silky confection; dances outside the box.
Virginia Black Whiskey
90 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of brandied cherries, creme Anglaise, chocolate-covered caramels, and banana bread with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length toffee popcorn and spanish peanuts finish. A rock-solid American whiskey that’s a pleasure to sip and will play very well in bourbon cocktails; over-delivers for its category.
90 points $39.99
Pearse Lyons Reserve Whiskey
90 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey on dried figs, moss, fruit cup, steel cut oats with brown sugar, and apple pastry with a round, fruity light body and an even, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of gingerbread and sticky toffee pudding finish. A dead ringer for Scotland’s whiskys, this lighter styled American whiskey sings of honey and heather.
90 points $39.99
FJW Solera-Style American Whiskey
87 points
$31
Amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of toffee-coated popcorn, candied peanuts, egg nog, and roasted apple with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of smoked almonds and black tea finish. A smoky, nutty whiskey that will play well in a variety of winter-warmer style cocktails.
Copper Cross Hybrid Bourbon & Rye Blend Whiskey
87 points
$34.99
Medium golden amber color. Aromas of roasted corn, forest fruit tea, nougat, dried geranium, and cocoa powder with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, crisp aniseed and butterscotch finish. A solid whiskey blend with great versatility.
87 points $34.99
Cadée Medusa American Whiskey
86 points
$99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, caramel buttercream, salted pretzel, chocolate-butterscotch chews, spiced cider, and Chic-O-Stick candies with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish with notes of pecan. A rich and chewy American Whiskey that offers a lot of flavor and power for the category.
Early Times Kentucky Whisky
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas of sweet corn cakes, toasted walnut, hay, molasses, and toffee with a lean, prickly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, quick caramel, ground pepper, and hot cinnamon finish. A rustic spicy shooting whiskey with caramelly, bourbon-like aromas.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
FEW American Whiskey
85 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Green aromas of spearmint, black licorice, incense, cedar closet, cast iron skillet, and alfalfa sprouts on rye with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length cinnamon tea, caraway, charred walnut, gingerbread cookies, and green peppercorn finish. A tingly, herbaceous whiskey with generous nods from malted barley and rye.
85 points $49.99
Ransom Rye, Barley & Wheat Whiskey
85 points
$53.15
Amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of bay leaf, gingerbread, eucalyptus, spruce tips, juniper, cranberry stollen, and spiced orange tea with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of mesquite honeycomb and scorched metal finish. A distinctively spicy and vocal whiskey that will make lovely hot toddies for the holidays.
85 points $53.15