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

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.
Awards: 2021 Best American Single Malt Whiskey
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.
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.
Boulder American Single Malt Whiskey - Peated
90 points
$58
Dark amber color. Aromas of smoked apricot, autumn leaves, honeycomb, chocolate malt balls, and apple pie with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long caramel, spiced pumpkin, and cinnamon toast finish. A lightly peated, fruity and complex single malt whiskey that is sure to please.
Oak & Grist Distilling Company 3 Yeart Old American Single Malt Whiskey Batch #2
89 points
$76
Golden straw color. Aromas of steel cut oatmeal with butter, lime leaf, fresh dough, hints of lavender, and fresh cut grass with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, breezy macadamia nut, sticky toffee pudding, cacao butter, and almond skins finish. A light-bodied but densely flavored whiskey that showcases American grains to the whiskey lover; will delight Scotch Whisky fans and American Whiskey fans alike.
Kelley American Single Malt Whiskey
89 points
$44.99
Gold color. Aromas of cinnamon rolls, lemon poppyseed cookies, buttered toast, peach chutney, and spiced apple compote with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long tea with cream, fresh tarragon, fennel, milk chocolate, and toasted hazelnuts finish. A light-bodied, fresh and spicy Single Malt that invigorates the palate with a complex mélange of herbs and fruits.
89 points $44.99
Old Line Cask Strength American Single Malt Whiskey
89 points
$54.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of dark chocolate mint cremes, pecan praline, hot chocolate, honey, sorghum wine, and ginger-mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dried mint, oregano, vanilla bark, cedar, and leather finish. A twisting and turning American Single Malt Whiskey that keeps things interesting; flavors of chocolate, mint and spicy ginger are welcome treats.
89 points $54.99
Tire Fire Heavily Peated Whiskey Single Malt
88 points
$49.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of iodine, soft pretzel, smoked seaweed, soft white bread, pear, and smoked meats with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish that shows touches of white chocolate, coriander, peppercorns, and ash finish. A successful peated American Single Malt with lots of flavors to unpack.
88 points $49.99