About Unaged Whiskey

About Unaged Whiskey
The availability and sale of unaged or white whiskies is a recent phenomenon; these were formerly referred to as 'white dog' or 'new make' whiskies. These are whiskies where the producer has decided not to mature them in a barrel–they merely pass them through a barrel or keep them in barrel for a very short period so that they can legally qualify as 'whisky', but not retain any wood character. Thus they have a clear appearance with intriguing aromas such as white pepper, cereal and dried fruits, as opposed to the oak-influenced notes of vanilla, roasted nuts and caramel found in an aged whiskey. These are versatile whiskies that are sometimes enjoyed neat, but most often used in cocktails.

Top Picks for Unaged Whiskey

Archie Rose Six Malt New Make Whisky
93 points
$119
Clear color. Aromas of caramel-drizzled figs, brownie batter, guajillo pepper, and roasted coffee bean with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a charming, medium-length candied ginger, dried cherry, and tarragon finish. A wildly complex unaged whisky that offers the curious drinker a richly flavored cocktail ingredient; a finely crafted spirit that may be a fun and creative substitute for tequila.
Archie Rose Unaged Rye Whisky
92 points
$99
Clear color. Aromas of pressed flowers, crystallized lime peel, quince jam, graham cracker, and lemon custard with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length apples in creme, stone fruit, and sweet corn pudding finish. An outrageously drinkable unaged whisky that offer delicate notes of florals and fruit; sophisticated.
Archie Rose White Rye Unaged Whisky
91 points
$64
Clear color. Green aromas of rye seed, peppered sourdough, fresh sprouts, sugared banana, rose petals, and toasted sesame with a glycerous, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toasted and buttered black bread, sweet pickles, ginger, marzipan, and star anise finish. A round and mild Unaged Whiskey with delicate nuances; a fun one to sip on the rocks.