Best American Whiskey
American Whiskey is, as you can guess, made in the United States of America. Produced from a fermented mash of cereal grain, there are a few types of American whiskey such as:
- Bourbon – made with mash that consist of at least 51% corn
- Rye whiskey – made with mash that consists of at least 51% rye
- Wheat whiskey – made with mash that consists of at least 51% wheat
- Tennessee whiskey
- Corn whiskey – made with mash that consists of at least 80% corn
- Rye malt whiskey – made with mash that consists of at least 51% malted rye
- American blended whiskey
Bourbon Old Fashioned is a cocktail made from bourbon whisky and bitter.
There are laws when it comes to production and labeling of American Whiskey brands. For example, Tennessee whiskey must comply with the US law so that it can be recognized in Canada. However, some other countries do not specify this requirement. Basically, all whiskeys are distilled from a type of grain and are aged in barrels for anywhere from a few years to a few decades.
The best American whiskey is the famous bourbon. By law, for it to be called bourbon, it has to be made in the United States. Although there are many well-known American bourbon whiskeys, one of the best bourbons is Michter’s American Whiskey.
According to a 1964 act of Congress, the law states that bourbon must have a mash bill of at least 51% corn and distilled at 160 proof or less. Oftentimes, it is bottled between 80 and 120 proof. It must also be aged for at least two years in new, charred oak barrels. However, usually it is aged for at least four years.
Tennessee whiskey on the other hand, is similar to bourbon except for its filtration process. Known as the Lincoln County Process, the whiskey drips slowly through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal. It may take up to two weeks for one batch to run through the charcoal. The whiskey is then transferred to a charred barrel to go through the aging process of at least two years. Similar to bourbon, Tennessee whiskey brands have to use a distillate of at least 51% corn.
The American gods whiskey Jack Daniels was taught the Lincoln County Process by enslaved Africans such as Nearis Green.
American rye whiskey, another popular American whiskey variation is similar in taste to bourbon but has a notable spiciness and slightly flavour to it due to the rye. The law states that 51% of the grain used in this distillate has to be rye. Rye whiskey brands to note are Alberta Dark Batch, High West and Old Overholt.There are too many types of whiskey to choose from or to determine which is the best whiskey. Oftentimes, there are other categories of whiskey that do not fall into bourbon or rye styles such as blended American whiskey or wheat whiskey . However, to start off with, you can make a choice between Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Woodford or Mitcher’s. It is hard to go wrong with these choices. Choose a bottle of any of the whiskey brands on our page and drink the night away!