About American Straight Malt Whiskey

About American Straight Malt Whiskey
An American straight malt whiskey is a domestic malt whiskey (with at least 51%malt) that has been aged for two years or more before bottling. This category encompasses many examples, from very good versions made by large distillers to more limited production bourbons that have been aged for twelve years or more; the former examples are meant for cocktails, while the more expensive whiskeys - some costing as much as $200 a bottle - should be reserved for after dinner sipping, given their elegant and complex nature.

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Santa Fe Spirits Colkegan Mesquite Smoked Single Malt American Straight Whiskey
94 points
$49
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of smoked peaches, toasted bread, and mesquite, walnut paste, tobacco, ginger candies, and mulled red wine steaming over wood embers with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish that shows shades of cinnamon, dates, clove, and fig jam, cedar box and sweet tobacco, smoked peaches, and cocoa nibs. A youthful yet layered and flavorful Whiskey that illustrates how the world is catching up on Celtic Single Malts.