About US Spirits

About US Spirits
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products.

In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey.

This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms.

But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
98 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet roasted agave, horchata with nutmeg, roasted pineapple, pickled jalapeño, and hints of smoked kiwi with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, distinctive, very long finish. A spot-on Tequila alternative that thus far, can’t be beat. Make margaritas, palomas and more and delight your guests with this non-alcoholic spirit.
Awards: 2021 Best Non Alcoholic Spirit
LiveWire Honeydew Collins
97 points
Clear color. Aromas of galangal, baked pineapple, lime leaf, and roasted peppers with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a very long sweet chile sauce, pineapple candies, and coconut cream finish. A curiously savory cocktail that really grows on you; balanced, quenching and interesting. This is a an awesome option for cocktail enthusiasts.
Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition Premium Whiskey Blend No. 002
97 points
$149
Golden amber color. Inviting, elegant aromas of kirsch, ripe fig, fine leather, caramelized mango, and spice cake with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, subtle, very long graham cracker crust, tropical fruit tart, and cafe au lait finish. Fantastic flavor integration and hints of tropical fruit make this a MAMMOTH knockout Tennessee Whiskey.
Awards: 2021 Best Tennessee Whiskey
On The Rocks The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
96 points
$11.99
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of pickled pineapple, sliced bell peppers, fresh agave, hot honey, green apple, and passion fruit with a round, lively, moderately sweet fat body and a peppery, thought-provoking, very long finish. A delicious ready-to-drink cocktail with balanced, concentrated flavors that surprise and delight.
96 points $11.99
Cutwater Spirits White Russian
96 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cold brew, fresh cream, flan, brown sugar, and hints of malted milk balls with an crisp, sweet full body and a smooth, compelling, long finish. A really, really good creamy coffee cocktail; careful with this one.
LiveWire Golden God Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
96 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of white peach and mango, elderflower, sweet orange blossom, and honey with a satiny, lively, bubbly, sweet light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with nuances of sweet ginger and ripe pear. A friendly, fruity and floral cocktail that’s sure to please your guests; great for Moscato lovers, elderflower enthusiasts and Champagne cocktail drinkers.
Town Branch Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey
96 points
$53
Amber color. Aromas of spiced plums, ginger-peach tea, toasted sesame, and peppermint with an lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a very complex, endless sweet berries, star anise, chocolate shavings, fresh buttered croissant, nutmeg, hints of olives, and marcona almonds finish. A completely delicious Rye Whiskey with exceptional balance and length; skillfully crafted and braggably stylish.
Awards: 2021 Best Rye Whiskey
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
$59
Dark amber color. Aromas of dark chocolate shavings, hazelnut, black tea, and mahogany with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, very long peanut butter cups, honey-roasted nuts, cocoa butter, espresso bean, and roasted dates finish. Intense, nutty and sophisticated flavors abound in a fantastically-textured liquid; this is definitely a bottle to get your hands on.
Awards: 2021 Bourbon Whiskey
Doc Swinson’s 15-Yr Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
$149
Amber color. Aromas of roasted cashews, spice cookies, toffee-coated popcorn, buttercream, pineapple upside down cake, and hints of cedar with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, charming, long dark chocolate, molasses, plum jam, and cinnamon finish. A monster of a Bourbon with a bold, chewy texture and piles of spice; serve on the rocks and pair with a cigar.
District Made Barrel Rested Ivy City Gin
96 points
$39
Gold color. Interesting aromas of yuzu marmalade on waffles, spiced toffee, warm cinnamon rolls, good and plenty, honey-roasted macadamia nuts, black pepper, and juniper jelly with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long allspice, candied ginger, lime leaf, toasted coconut, apricot preserves, and custard-filled pastry finish. A complex, lengthy Barrel-Aged Gin that will make stupendous stirred cocktails; dive into a pour of this flavor bomb to discover notes of citrus, spice, pastry and more.
Awards: 2020 Best Barrel Aged Gin