About American Whiskey

About American Whiskey
American Whiskey is a Beverage Testing Institute classification for specialty whiskies bottled in the United States that do not neatly fit other categories.
Some spirits producers in the U.S. have started crafting blends of different types or categories of whiskies together to create a unique flavor profile. Examples include products made from Single Malt Scotch Whisky blended with a high-rye Bourbon, or a 50/50 blend of straight bourbon and straight rye. Under federal TTB regulations these whiskies would fall into the 'Blended Whiskey' or 'A Blend of Straight Whiskies' categories. BTI gives these products the American Whisky category designation to better capture their producers' experimental intents to delineate them from the younger, lower-priced blended whiskies that often include neutral grain spirits and/or added coloring or flavoring.

Top Picks for American Whiskey

Virginia Black Whiskey
90 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of brandied cherries, creme Anglaise, chocolate-covered caramels, and banana bread with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length toffee popcorn and spanish peanuts finish. A rock-solid American whiskey that’s a pleasure to sip and will play very well in bourbon cocktails; over-delivers for its category.
90 points $39.99
Tincup 10 American Whiskey
89 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel-drizzled cherries, toast, blood orange zest, tropical fruit, and banana with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long sarsaparilla, roasted corn, fennel seed, peppermint, and caramel finish. A very tasty American whiskey with great depth and length for the category; Bourbon drinkers take note.
Nv36 Single Barrel American Whiskey
87 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled herbs, sage and thyme with smoky oak, bread toasted over an open flame, and banana nut bread with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of smoky, savory, umami, black pepper beef jerky with grilled herbs, fruit leather, and roasted pecan. Sweet, smoky, toasty, savory; this curiously delightful sipper or mixer will have you returning to the glass to keep finding new flavors.
Undammed Distilling Co. Bear Skull Creek Small Batch American Whiskey
87 points
Amber color. Aromas of mixed nuts sauteed in brown butter, white chocolate and nutmeg, and roasted corn and walnuts with a medium body and a medium cherry chapstick and sesame oil, cocoa powder, and toasted oak finish. A really delicious, well-rounded American Whiskey for Bourbon or Single Malt drinkers to try.
FJW Solera-Style American Whiskey
87 points
Amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of toffee-coated popcorn, candied peanuts, egg nog, and roasted apple with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of smoked almonds and black tea finish. A smoky, nutty whiskey that will play well in a variety of winter-warmer style cocktails.
Cadée Medusa American Whiskey
86 points
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, caramel buttercream, salted pretzel, chocolate-butterscotch chews, spiced cider, and Chic-O-Stick candies with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish with notes of pecan. A rich and chewy American Whiskey that offers a lot of flavor and power for the category.
Early Times Kentucky Whisky
86 points
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas of sweet corn cakes, toasted walnut, hay, molasses, and toffee with a lean, prickly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, quick caramel, ground pepper, and hot cinnamon finish. A rustic spicy shooting whiskey with caramelly, bourbon-like aromas.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Devil’s Sister 5 Year Aged American Whiskey
84 points
Straw yellow color. Aromas of cotton candy and circus peanuts, very sugary cinnamon, cantaloupe, violet, and ripe apricot, and buttercream with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium sweet cinnamon and candied lemon, honey dew, bergamot, and vanilla butter cream finish. An easy drinking, fruity, and sweet whiskey for sipping or mixing.