American Whiskey for Independence Day

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States, and the best way to celebrate it is to sip some American born whiskeys!
Jul 02, 2016
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    10 Balcones Baby Blue
    92
    Full Bodied & Fruity
    This distillery out of Waco, Texas has been doing some very special things for many years. Made with 100% Hopi blue corn, this corn whiskey is double-distilled in copper pot stills and aged in used 5-gallon barrels. This is not chill-filtered and no coloring has been added.
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    9 Westward American Single Malt
    93
    Sweet
    Released in August 2017, this is distilled at House Spirits in Portland, Ore. The American single malt whiskey is distilled from Oregon two-row pale malted barley which was fermented with ale yeast. It is double pot-distilled and aged in full-sized, new charred American oak barrels. Each bottling is comprised of several single barrels, typically five to six for each batch. The whiskey is non chill-filtered and bottled at 45% ABV.
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    8 Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye (2019 Release)
    94
    Vanilla & Rich
    The 2019 release for Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye is set for July 2019. It is the first release by the newly named master distiller Dan McKee who selected this year's batch along with master of maturation Andrea Wilson. Due to limited supply, this will be the only batch released for the year.
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    7 Woody Creek Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey
    94
    Rich
    Made from a mashbill of 100% rye (sourced in Colorado) this rye is produced in the mountain town of Basalt. A grain-to-bottle distiller, this is distilled in their custom-built Carl stills and aged a minimum of two years in new white American oak. In addition to their rye, they also produce a couple of vodkas and a gin.
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    6 Charbay Hop Flavored Whiskey R5 Lot No. 3
    94
    Floral & Herbal
    One of several entries into Charbay’s catalog of whiskey distilled from beer, this is the third lot of the R5, a whiskey double-distilled Bear Republic Brewery's Racer 5 IPA. This lot was distilled in 2012 and bottled in 2014. It has been aged 28 months in French oak.
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    5 Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year Bourbon
    95
    Vanilla & Spicy
    A 12 year-old bourbon, Signature Craft is impressive in the barrels chosen for this bottling. The wood tannins and spices are very well integrated. What might be most surprising of all is that Jim Beam didn't have a 12 year old on the market until 2013. This appears to be a product that is here to stay, and that is a very good thing (the price is another).
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    4 William Larue Weller Bourbon (Fall 2018)
    96
    Spicy
    William Larue Weller (Fall 2018) is an uncut, unfiltered wheated bourbon and is one of the five whiskey releases in Buffalo Trace Antique Collection released each fall. This year's batch was distilled in winter 2006 and aged in Warehouses C, I, K, L, M, & Q. It is bottled at 125.7 proof.
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    3 Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Rye Whiskey
    96
    Rich & Vanilla
    This release from Catoctin Creek uses the same mash bill recipe as its Roundstone Rye whiskey (100% rye mash), but distills it at a lower proof for a fuller flavor profile. This is bottled in bond, so is distilled in one season. Bottled at 100 proof after four years of aging. Next release expected September 2018.
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    2 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon (2016)
    96
    Sweet & Rich
    The 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon from Four Roses incorporates three bourbons, each with a different one of their 10 mash bills: 12-year-old OESO, 12-year-old OBSV, and 16-year-old OESK. It's the first time in seven years that the OESO has made an appearance in this release. Bottled at barrel strength, 111.2 proof, there are 9,258 hand-numbered bottles in the release.
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    1 George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2019)
    98
    Spicy & Tart
    George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2019) is an uncut, unfiltered Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and is one of the five bottlings in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection released each fall. Due to many of the barrels having matured on the lower levels of the warehouses, this year's edition is the lowest proof release of Stagg to date. However, it is still a healthy 116.9 proof.