About Specialty Spirits from USA

About Specialty Spirits from USA
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products. In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey. This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms. But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Specialty Spirits

Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative Other Spirit
94 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of toasted apple cake, ripe honeydew melon, aloe vera, smoked legumes, and crushed pepper with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-length spicy ginger, pear puree, and hints of pineapple finish. An excellent Tequila alternative that offers all the earthiness, creamy fruit, and peppery heat that you desire; try in margaritas, palomas, and more.
94 points $24.99 Best Buy
Norden Aquavit
89 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh fennel, peppermint, orris root, and dill with a satiny, dryish light body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish with suggestions of starfruit and anise finish. An approachable aquavit with a pleasant hint of mint; refreshing and great for cocktails.
Sons of Liberty Saison Ale Spirit
87 points
Amber color. Aromas of gingerbread, honeyed figs, peach tea, and pecan with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length tobacco, lime zest, menthol, and black licorice finish. A zesty spirit with loads of rye-like character; a unique sipper or craft cocktail ingredient.
87 points $44.99
Ritual Zero Proof Gin Alternative Other Spirit
86 points
Clear color. Earthy aromas of lime peel, cucumber, fresh basil, clay, hemp, heirloom apple, and ginger tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length peppercorns, fresh ginger and melon rinds finish. A spicy, earthy, gingery elixir that offers peppery heat and delicate herbaceousness to spirit-free cocktails.
86 points $24.99
Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Reserve Rye Whiskey
85 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of plump raisins, toasted brioche with a cinnamon swirl, dried apricots and figs, and dried banana with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length molasses, madeira cake, and gingerbread finish. A distinctive spirit with notes of dried fruit; a fun cocktail ingredient.
85 points $44.99
Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative Other Spirit
84 points
Amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred cedar, wet leather, cumin, raisins, black pepper, and honey with a glycerous, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of caramel, iced tea, barbecue sauce, candied ginger, and turmeric finish. A smoky Whiskey alternative that adds a caramelly, peppery edge to classic Whiskey mixers; a grown-up option for those who enjoy oaky spirits but want to skip the alcohol.
84 points $24.99
Charboneau Distillery Rouge Rum Specialty Spirit
83 points
Peachy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana soufflé, dried guava, durian, and bread fruit with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a tingling, engaging, breezy finish manifesting overtones of cashew apple and apple sauce finish. A funky, tropical spirit that will be fun for cocktail play.
Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Whiskey
81 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of pumpernickel bread dough, raisins, leather, tomato paste, and steamed nuts with a satiny, flat, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish revealing shades of olorosso sherry, salted cajeta, packaged fruit cake, and vermouth finish. A funky, seemingly port-influenced whiskey for those seeking something completely different.
81 points $44.99