About American Single Malt Whiskey

About American Single Malt Whiskey
A newer and still-evolving category, American Single Malt Whiskey must meet the following requirements:

Must be composed of 100% malted barley.

Must be distilled entirely at one distillery.

Must be mashed, distilled, and matured in the United States of America.

Must be matured in oak casks with capacity no larger than 700 liters.

Must be distilled to no more than 160 proof and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof.

Top Picks for American Single Malt Whiskey

Boulder Bottled in Bond American Single Malt Whiskey
95 points
$68
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, toasted rice, barley tea, and toffee cookies with a supple, crisp, medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with elements of clover, hints of orange and mango, spiced apple, and hints of anise. A soft, fruity and pillowy American Single Malt that will have Scotch drinkers jumping the pond.
Copperworks Distilling Company American Single Malt Whiskey Release No. 038
94 points
$59
Dark amber color. Aromas of butter pecan ice cream and chocolate ganache with a velvety, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long grilled figs and dates, toasted kasha, espresso beans, and savory herbs finish. A deliciously chewy American Single Malt with robust and endlessly satisfying flavors of grilled fruits.
Town Branch 7 YO Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$39
Bright gold color. Sweet aromas of red licorice, marmalade, cilantro, and aniseed with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, elegant, very long multigrain toast with honey, spiced butter, and soft pretzel finish. A fruity and herbaceous play on the American Single Malt with a bold and grain-forward center; great flavor integration and lots of appeal to Irish Whisky drinkers.
Stranahan’s Blue Peak American Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$45
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach preserves, ripe plantain, chocolate-covered malted milk balls, heirloom apples, and arugula with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, long finish displaying notes of fennel, bay, dark chocolate, starfruit on yogurt, violet, and coriander. A complex and delighting melange of spice notes tickle the palate in this youthful but very robust American Single Malt.
Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - American Oak
92 points
$58
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of creamy caramel, roasted peanuts, ripe raspberry, grilled meats, and sliced bananas with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish that presents shades of herb focaccia, buttered crepes, whipped cream with nutmeg, and ganache finish. A tasty, complex American single malt with a lengthy finish that unveils new flavors with each sip.
Stranahan’s Original American Single Malt Whiskey Batch No 248
91 points
$54
Golden amber color. Aromas of morello cherries, apricot-studded scones, ripe fig with honey, conditioned leather, and croissant with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long toasted raisin bread, copper pot, almond creme, and salted toffee finish. A true American Single Malt Whiskey with refined, elegant aromas and an exceptionally authentically American palate with huge character.
Stranahan’s Sherry Cask American Single Malt Whiskey Batch 004
91 points
$79
Golden amber color. Nutty aromas of toffee, vanilla doughnut, honey- roasted almonds, black tea, salted caramel, chocolate gelato, and dried figs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, long cedar, olives and hints of vanilla-scented tobacco finish. A sherry-centric American Single Malt Whiskey with big style.
Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - Port Cask
91 points
$58
Dark amber color. Baked aromas and flavors of digestive biscuits with honey, flan, rum-raisin, chocolate-covered almonds, and nougat with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, elegant, medium-long finish conveying nuances of mango coulis, toasted barley, dried banana, and watercress finish. A rich and toothsome single malt that hits every note.
Putnam New England New England Whiskey
91 points
$69.99
Dark copper color. Aromas of fresh baked croissant, pumpernickel, and chestnut with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, very long cherry preserves, grilled pear, herb butter, toasted marshmallow, saddle soap, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and fresh mint finish. A spectacularly complex and dense American Single Malt Whiskey that offers incredibly well-integrated flavors and a deliciously satisfying finish; buy this.
91 points $69.99
Cedar Ridge The QuintEssential American Single Malt Whiskey
90 points
$59
Gold color. Aromas of roasted figs, dates, crumpets, and honey-drizzled apples with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length grilled plantain, minerals, and hints of white flowers finish. A delicately peated American Single Malt with a mellow personality.