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In the hustle and bustle of holiday meal-planning and family get-togethers, sometimes beverage pairings can fall to the wayside. So we made it very easy for you going into this holiday season: Drink whiskey! Drink American whiskey! Although there are plenty of world-class whisk(e)ys hailing from Japan, Canada, Ireland, and (of course) Scotland, the U.S. has become a front-runner in producing quality whiskey.
From spicy ryes to smooth bourbons that take the edge off, we've compiled a list of our favorite American whiskeys to help guide you in the right direction this season.
This American bourbon and rye whiskey blend from Illinois-based craft distillery FEW is packed with robust and spicy flavor thanks to the addition of cherrywood smoke during distillation. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this killer blended whiskey has a big and bold flavor profile.
This bourbon whiskey has been aged for 10 years in American oak barrels for a rich, warm, and complex flavor. Widow Jane tends to have an interesting sweet mineral taste from the water used in distilling, which is sourced from New York's Rosendale Limestone Mine — otherwise known as Widow Jane Mine.
In case you've been tasked with bringing a spirit to Thanksgiving dinner this year, you'll definitely impress your in-laws with a bottle of Hudson Whiskey's Baby Bourbon. This bourbon is made with New York state corn and aged under four years in American oak barrels for a rich and just slightly sweet taste. Oh, and did we mention this was the first whiskey made in New York since Prohibition and the first bourbon to ever be made in the state?
Oak & Eden might not be distilling their own whiskey, but they're certainly adding a special touch to their blends with the addition of a hand-placed toasted spire of wood inserted into each each bottle. These spires impart an aromatic finish — we tasted a really nice charred flavor in their rye whiskey blend.
Vermont-based distillery WhistlePig knows a thing or two about making damn good whiskey, and this FarmStock Rye Whiskey is a dazzling example of the brand's finesse. Composed of 32% 2-year aged Triple Terroir whiskey made entirely from Rye, water and wood from the WhistlePig farm, 45% 6-year aged whiskey from Indiana, and 23% 10-year aged whiskey from Canada, this masterfully blended whiskey is a bottle to be savored.
Aged in American oak barrels, this delicious rye whiskey has a deep charred flavor that mingles with spicy and delicate floral notes. We think Redemption Rye tastes best sipped on the rocks, but it also works wonders in a Manhattan.
As smoky as a peated Scotch whiskey but mellowed out and made more approachable by sweet, syrupy honey notes, High West Campfire Whiskey is arguably the ultimate cozy cold-weather spirit. As far as American whiskey goes, this is one of the best bottles out there.
Making whiskey from unconventional grains put distiller Darek Bell on the map in the spirits world, and his Corsair Quinoa Whiskey is earthy, spicy, and downright revolutionary. Bring a bottle of this to the Thanksgiving get-together and you're guaranteed to spark conversation.
Oven-dried apples are added to the barrels during aging of this Alabama Style Whiskey, making it easily sippable and downright delicious in fall cocktails. Swap a few ounces of this in your next hot toddy for a sweet and slightly tart twist.