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
$79
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.
FEW American Straight Whiskey
92 points
$39
Dark amber color. Aromas of cinnamon-sugar dusted popcorn, sweet apple pie, dried cherry-studded toffee, and pecan tart with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long sweet cornbread, grilled red fruit, toasted marshmallow, and caramel finish. A delicious Whiskey with great chewy caramel flavors and a triumphant, palate-pleasing finish.
FEW American Whiskey Blended
86 points
$49
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.