About American Straight Whiskey

About American Straight Whiskey
An American straight whiskey is one that less than 160 proof (80% ABV) from a fermented mash of at least 51% corn, rye, malted barley, wheat or malted rye and has been age for at least two years in charred oak barrels. Straight whiskies may be produced from a blend of straight whiskies produced in the same state. Offering a coper or amber color and displaying notes of caramel, toffee and baking spices among others, these are generally used for mixing with soda or tonic or used in cocktails.

Top Picks for American Straight Whiskey

Old Wm. Tarr Manchester Reserve 7 Year Small Batch American Straight Whiskey Batch A903
94 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted pecans, toasty flapjacks, hints of maple, and coffee with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long caramel on shortbread, rye crisps, gingersnaps, and violet petals finish. A delicious and balanced American Straight Whiskey that’s all bourbon on the outside with rye kick in the center.
Storm King Distilling Co. 3 Year Old Side Gig American Straight Whiskey
92 points
Gold color. Aromas of dark chocolate covered orange slices, nutella and roasted praline, roasted malt, rye bread, and mesquite honey with a full body and a long roasted hazelnut and cocoa powder, orange creme brulee, and prune finish. A youthful Malt Whiskey with lively and sweet citrus and cocoa notes that are sure to delight.
FEW American Straight Whiskey
89 points
Gold color. Aromas of apple and pear drizzled with honey and covered walnut, espresso bean, mixed nuts and citrus, and sassafras root with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long french roast coffee and demerara sugar finish. A complex Whiskey with sweet, fruity, and bitter flavors to compliment your bittersweet dessert.
FEW American Whiskey Blended
86 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of mixed nuts, dried figs and dates, clove-spiced granola, and spice drops with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy gingersnap cookies, charred oak and black tea finish. A dry, chewy Whiskey that’s easy to mix with; try in most any cocktail.