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
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
Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
97 points
Clear amber color. Baked, roasted aromas and flavors of pecan pie and s’mores, freshly baked yellow cake and vanilla frosting, cocoa nibs and caramel syrup, and orgeat with a round, flat, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting accents of orange marmalade and butter cream, coconut cream, and corn flakes and cocoa nibs. Bigger and bolder than a beginner’s Whiskey; so complex with an incredible depth of sweet bakery aromas and flavors.
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.
Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of violets and roses, straw, cedar, and maple glazed pork belly, orange marmalade, banana bread, and and marzipan with a silky, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-length finish displaying accents of rose water and raspberry blossom honey, toasted oats, grilled cedar, and cocoa nibs, bergamot, and paprika. A delightful Whiskey with ethereal floral aromas that make it stand out from the Bourbon crowd.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
96 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of baker’s dark chocolate and pecan, rye bread and toasted sesame, walnut brittle, and incense with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, colossal, long finish with accents of fresh caramel corn with salt and cracked black pepper, cinnamon candies and mace, white pepper, and lilac and manuka honey. A spicy and delicious show stopper expressing youthful, powerful grain flavors and just the right delicate influence of barrel characteristics.
Middle West 6 Year Old Sherry Finished Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, candied ginger and vanilla cream, nutmeg, clove, and cracked black pepper, and leather with a satiny, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish revealing elements of black pepper on a fresh hush puppy, pecan pie with extra cinnamon and red plum syrup, walnut paste, and dates and sandalwood. A barrel-forward Bourbon that holds its age well and expressed cocoa, caramel, and dried fruits.
Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition Premium Tennessee Whiskey
96 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of maple candies, polished leather and oak, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and roast sesame and cumin with a round, bright, dry medium-full body and a peppery, distinctive, very long finish with accents of maple, vanilla, and buttered corn, graham cracker, treacle and rooibos, butterscotch, and licorice. Simply delicious, this is dessert in a glass. The aromas and flavors transport you to a summer afternoon indulging at your favorite ice cream parlor.
Old Fitzgerald Spring 2022 17 Year Old Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of apple wood smoked pepper bacon, cherry cordials, salted butterscotch, and wildflower honey with a fat body and a very long finish displaying notes of vanilla frosted gingerbread with extra cinnamon and ginger. A benchmark example that you’ll want to let sit in the glass and sip slowly over hours to allow it to develop.
On The Rocks The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
96 points
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.