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

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.
Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Tennessee Whiskey
96 points
$59.95
Copper color. Aromas of creme brulee, bananas foster, candied walnut, ripe apple, star anise, and luxury tobacco with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, involved, very long almond-studded milk chocolate, spanish peanut, and honey-drizzled pastries finish. A coating, complex, endless ride of a Tennessee whiskey that’s worth a try for any North American Whiskey connoisseur.
96 points $59.95
Novo Fogo Original Lime Sparkling Caipirinha Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
96 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aroma of funky cane with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long key lime, apricot, grilled fruits and vegetables, coconut, lychee, and guanabana finish. A delicious, perfectly funky caipirinha in a can.
96 points $15.99 Best Buy
Copperworks Distilling Company American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points
$59.99
Bright golden amber color. Smoky aromas of sea salt, olive oil, flamed orange peel, douglas fir, singed quassia, leather, and raisins in honey with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dried mint, lavender, rosemary, thyme, green peppercorn, and eucalyptus finish. A vividly spicy and herbal American Single Malt with world-class depth and balance; a very memorable dram.
Awards: 2018 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
96 points $59.99
Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
96 points
$69.99
Amber color. Complex aromas of smoked pineapple, fresh ginger, raisins, fine chocolate, crystalized orange peel, chocolate dusted almonds, licorice, and violet with an oily, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, involved, very long dried cherries, paprika, tajin on mangoes, patent leather, walnut, mahogany, vanilla custard, and blackberry preserve finish. A densely concentrated rye akin to a fine Bordeaux wine; succumb to its power and grace.
Awards: 2018 Best Rye Whiskey
96 points $69.99
Hoodoo Papa Legba Reserve Chicory Liqueur
96 points
$35
Dark reddish mahogany color. Complex, roasted aromas of blackened walnut, charred chicory, mace, dried rose and geranium, ginseng, and fine espresso with a round, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, epic, long salted milk chocolate, marinated pimentos, black pepper, olive, caramel buttercream, toasted coconut pastry, and orris root finish. An endlessly complex, very distinctive liqueur that will up your cocktail game; a must-try.
Awards: 2018 Best Herb/Spice Liqueur
Vapor Distillery Boulder Ginskey
96 points
$40
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of fine furniture, lavender studded caramel, cinnamon candies, licorice, ginseng, and allspice dram with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long cracked juniper, eucalyptus-vanilla, gardenia incense, creme de violette, fresh cut grass, and good n plenty candies finish. A delicious and complex, spice-bomb of a barrel-aged gin that will add a hybrid of bourbon and gin flavors to your cocktail repertoire.
Awards: 2018 Best Barrel Aged Gin
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
95 points
$33.99
Gold color. Aromas of chrysanthemum, cinnamon-spiced toffee, caramel-laden pecan, bergamot, and cardamom with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elaborate, long vanilla, tonka bean, and white tea finish. A creamy, decadent Barrel-Aged Gin that offers beautiful integration of botanicals and oak; balanced, sophisticated and delicious.
95 points $33.99
Widow Jane 10 Yr. Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$69.99
Amber color. Mature aromas and flavors of sweet corn, roasted walnut, polished leather, rose petal, and nutmeg with a silky, dryish medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish imparting accents of caramel, dark chocolate, and vanilla-black tea finish. A delicious, well-matured bourbon with a great range of complex flavors and a lingering finish.
95 points $69.99
Schweppes Club Soda
95 points
A super clean club soda that offers a mousse of tight, energetic bubbles; that will become your next go-to bubbly.
Awards: 2019 World Cocktail Championships - 4th Place Highball Water