About American Blended Whiskey

About American Blended Whiskey
Blended American Whiskey is required to contain at least 20% straight whiskey; with the balance being unaged neutral spirit or, in a few cases, high-proof light whiskey. It has a general whiskey flavor profile (most closely resembling Bourbon), but lacks any defining taste characteristic.

Blended whiskies date from the early 19th century when the invention of the column still made possible the production of neutral spirits. Distillers would blend one or more straight whiskies (Bourbon and Rye) with these neutral spirits in varying proportions to create their own branded blend. The taste and quality of these whiskies, then as now, varies according to the ratio of straight whiskey to neutral grain spirit. Early blends were frequently flavored with everything from sherry to plug tobacco. Compared to straight whiskies they were relatively inexpensive and bland in character. Modern blends utilize dozens of different straight whiskies to insure a consistent flavor profile. Blended American whiskies had a great sales boost during and just after World War II when distillers promoted them as a way of stretching their limited supply of straight whiskey. This sales spike did not last, however. Blended whiskies were considered to be too bland by Bourbon and Rye drinkers, and consumers with a taste for lighter spirits soon migrated to Vodka and Gin. Blended whiskies have been leading the pack in declining sales over the past few decades.

Top Picks for American Blended Whiskey

Rebecca Creek Double Barrel Blended Whiskey
92 points
$113
Dark amber color. Aromas of candy corn, leather, rose, thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, appealing, long bright cherry, orange peel, and licorice finish. A full-flavor Blended Whiskey that delivers piles of tasty, mature, pure flavors; Bourbon enthusiasts need apply.
Rebecca Creek Fine Texas Blended Whiskey
90 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas of buttered sweet corn, pecan praline, spice orange tea, cherry slushie, and caramel chews with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length candied banana and butterscotch bread pudding finish. A vibrant spirit that checks all the boxes; this American Blended Whiskey over-performs for the category.
Basil Hayden’s Two By Two Rye Whiskey
89 points
$44.99
Golden amber color. Spicy aromas of frosted spice cake, dates, cherry cobbler, and walnut-honey brioche with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length vanilla custard, gingerbread, chocolate biscotti, and peanut brittle finish. A rock-solid go-to rye to make your cocktails shine.
Awards: 2018 Best American Blended Whiskey
89 points $44.99
Low Gap 7 Year Old Rye/Bourbon Blend American Blended Whiskey
88 points
$200
Gold color. Aromas of focaccia dough, parmesan with honey, carob, and rum-raisin ice cream with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, breezy cinnamon-sugar soft pretzel, maple, and spice cookies finish. A funky nose leads to a sweet and mild palate in this cocktail-ready American Blended Whiskey.
Henderson American Whiskey
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of moist banana muffins, vanilla candied walnut, and buckwheat pancake with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length caramel sauce, steamed milk, and black licorice finish. A solid blended whiskey with lots of soft fruit notes; youthful.
Awards: 2018 Best Buy Bar - Best Value American Blended Whiskey
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Eleven Jones American Blended Whiskey
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Grainy aromas of oatmeal with brown sugar, buttered corn on the cob, cream, roasted plantain, and dill with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy almond nougat, black licorice, molasses cookie, and Irish soda bread finish. A rock-solid American Blended Whiskey.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Triple Crown North American Blended Whiskey
85 points
$17.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of brandied cherry, dried orange peel, baking spices, fresh herbs, and vanilla soft serve with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy finish. An easy drinking blended whiskey that will certainly ring familiar for bourbon drinkers.
85 points $17.99
Texas Ranger Blended Whiskey
84 points
$24
Dark gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of toffee, maple, rum, whipped cream, caramel latte, and toasted marshmallow with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish displaying shades of Nilla wafer and banana pudding finish. A candied Whiskey that will play well in winter warmers and decadent cocktails.
Untitled No. 18 Blended Whisky
84 points
$79
Dark amber color. Aromas of juniper, cedar, lime leaf, baking spices, and honey with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, compelling, medium-long cola, rosemary, and herbal tea finish. A dry, distinctively herbaceous craft Whiskey.
Bendt No. 5 American Blended Whiskey
84 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of corn muffins, peaches in syrup, caramel apple, mulling spices, and gentian herb with a slightly chewy, crisp, bitter light body and a warming, breezy finish with shades of toasty pie crusts and over-steeped black tea finish. A fruity and toasty blended whiskey with a somewhat bitter finish; a solid choice for citrusy cocktails.
84 points $24.99