About Spirit Whiskey

About Spirit Whiskey
The legal definition of a spirit whiskey is one that is a mixture of neutral spirits and not less than 5% on a proof gallon basis of whiskey. While this category has been defined for some time, the production of spirit whiskey in the United States is a fairly new development. These products are not blended whiskeys (whiskeys of different types), but rather whiskey (aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years) blended with other spirits, such as vodka. Styles vary, with some being clear and others having an amber color. These are primarily meant for cocktails, while a few of the finest artisan examples are ideal served neat or over ice.

Top Picks for Spirit Whiskey

Glyph Spirit Whiskey
89 points
Light gold color. Fruity, sweet aromas of banana candies, marzipan, strawberry confection, lime marmalade, and circus peanuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, terse Crystal Light peach tea finish. A fruity and easy-drinking whiskey for shots with friends.
Southern Comfort Black Spirit Whiskey
87 points
Bronze color. Confected aromas and flavors of forest berry jam, frosted danish, marzipan, cherry cola, and graham cracker with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, carefree finish with notes of coconut layer bar, animal crackers, chocolate covered almonds, and constant comment tea finish. A full-bodied whiskey packed with toasty, confected goodness; try slipping some in an amaretto sour.
87 points $17.99
Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Spirit Whiskey
85 points
Medium gold color. Fresh, sweet aromas of banana taffy, dried pineapple, woodruff, and hay with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk caramel coated nuts, candied ginger, chamomile, and lemon rind and clove finish. A friendly and likable whiskey full of all-American sweet and spice.
85 points $31.99
Glyph Spirit Whiskey
84 points
Golden amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of spumoni, circus peanuts, bubble gum, and banana candies with a soft, dry light body and a polished, swift finish conveying notes of caramel candies and peppercorns finish. A smooth, easy-drinking spirit whiskey with lots candied appeal.