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
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
Wilderness Trail Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
97 points
$54
A delicious and complex Rye with lovely layers of flavor that evolve in the glass as exceptional spirits do.
Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. B523
97 points
$59
A powerfully delicious, world-class Bourbon with dazzling depth, vitality and length.
Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. B522
97 points
$49
Bigger and bolder than a beginner's Whiskey; so complex with an incredible depth of sweet bakery aromas and flavors.
Awards: 2022 Best Straight Bourbon Whiskey
LiveWire Honeydew Collins
97 points
A curiously savory cocktail that really grows on you; balanced, quenching and interesting. This is a an awesome option for cocktail enthusiasts.
Awards: 2022 Best Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
Kuleana Rum Works Hokulei Aged Rum Batch No. 12
96 points
$80
Barrel character but the cane flavors still shine and are all around delicious; rich, nuanced, and a real treat.
Kuleana Rum Works Hokulei Aged Rum Batch No. 16
96 points
$80
Barrel-aged Rum deliciousness with fresh cane flavor still lingering; this might be the pinnacle of terroir in Rum.
Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. C923
96 points
$59
Seemingly both intense and reserved at the same time with rich and complex with lingering flavors that go on forever; would like to pair with some pecan pie a la mode and a fine cigar.
Old Potrero 6 Year Old Copper Pot Still Straight Rye Whiskey
96 points
$65
Sweet and earthy with rich baking spices and showing youthful grains without a traditional Rye pepper bite; exotic and intriguing.
Bhakta Spirits Blended Straight Rye Whiskey, Calvados, and Armagnac
96 points
$69
Richly spiced apple flavor that conjures memories of very old Calvados paired with a full bodied Nicaraguan cigar.