About North American Whiskies from USA

About North American Whiskies from USA
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

North American Whiskies

Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
97 points
$49
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.
Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
$39
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
$59
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.
Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition Premium Tennessee Whiskey
96 points
$149
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
$230
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.
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.
Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey
95 points
$27
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, marzipan, and roasted hazelnut, vanilla cream butterscotch pudding, leather and cigar box, and herbal with a fat body and a very long finish that exhibits nuances of black pepper, vanilla, caramel, and doughy. A spicy east coast Rye with a creamy vanilla backbone; a benchmark example for classic cocktails.
Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
95 points
$49
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cream corn with a side of mac n’ cheese and extra ground pepper, singed rye bread, and peach wood in the smoker with brisket with a silky, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long finish with notes of black pepper venison jerky, grilled herbs on parchment paper, and mocha and coffee bean. The ABV packs a punch but layers of complexity and delicious flavors make this a go-to for Rye cocktails.
Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$54
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple candies, dry hay and corn bread, and cedar cigar box with a silky, bright, dry medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-long finish displaying overtones of candied red delicious apple, caramel drizzle on a poached pear, and vanilla butterscotch. Simple but delicious, with waves of caramel candied apple.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
95 points
$59
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla ice cream with brandied cherries, caramel sauce, chocolate syrup and roasted nuts, prunes and marzipan, and black walnut with a round, bright, bone-dry full body and a peppery, complex, very long finish with notes of a highly flammable sundae and clove and mace. A heavy hitter but it holds the high ABV in check with sweet baked fruit, baking spice, and waves of vanilla, caramel, and cocoa.