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

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Aged Gin
96 points
Light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of brown sugar coconut cookies, sweet orange tea cakes, shortbread, toffee, marmalade, clove, and cinnamon-juniper jelly with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, complex, medium-long finish. A tasty balance of warming spices, sweet citrus and buttery bakery notes make this a great Barrel-Aged Gin for sipping, mixing and more.
On The Rocks The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita RTD
96 points
Gold color. Aromas of dried pineapple, peach gummies, ginger, green bell pepper, and ripe gooseberry with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long jalapeño and apricot nectar finish. A smoky, spicy pineapple Margarita with tons of style; drinks like a freshly made craft cocktail.
Doc Swinson’s 15-Yr Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
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
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.
Novo Fogo Original Lime Sparkling Caipirinha Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
96 points
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
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
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
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
Cutwater Spirits RTD Lime Tequila Margarita
95 points
Pale hazy silvery straw color. Aromas of earthy tequila, hints of bell pepper, and sweet squash with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long salted lime, sweet agave nectar, and hints of sweet plantain finish. An astoundingly balanced canned Margarita that lets agave flavors take front and center.
Cutwater Spirits RTD Tequila Paloma
95 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of herbal agave, caramel vanilla bonbon, and gherkin and cheese rind with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, very long finish manifesting notes of grapefruit soda and fruit punch sorbet. An excellent Paloma in a can with remarkable agave character.