The Top Rated American Single Malts

Distilleries across the United States are producing some amazing single malt whiskeys. These are ten of our absolute favorites that you should consider picking up during your next visit to the store!
Sep 08, 2016
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    10 Westland 5th Annual Peat Week
    89
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Westland Distillery's 5th Annual Peat Week is set to commence January 22-26th 2019. The Seattle-based distillery hosts a series of events this week and this American single malt bottling is meant to commemorate the event. It is made using Baird's heavily-peated distiller's malt and has a peat level of 55ppm. The whiskey matured for between 36-63 months. Only 1083 bottles were produced and will be available at select retailers and at the distillery.
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    9 Westland American Oak American Single Malt
    89
    Vanilla & Sweet
    Westland American Oak American Single Malt is distilled in Seattle using 100% malted barley. The malted barley, 90% sourced from Washington State, is comprised of 5 different types: Munich malt, extra special malt, brown malt, pale chocolate malt, and Washington Select pale malt. Additionally, a strain of Belgian brewer's yeast is used. This matured a minimum of 36 months in Cooper's Select new American oak, Cooper's Reserve new American oak, and first-fill ex-bourbon barrels.
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    8 Westland Garryana 2016 Edition 1|1
    90
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Garryana marks the first release in Westland's Native Oak Series, with others to follow in 2017. Master Distiller Matt Hofmann has created these expressions to showcase Pacific Northwest terroir. The rare Quercus garryana (Garry oak) is native only to that part of the world, and new casks of it were used in the maturation process of part of the whiskey. It is bottled at cask strength (56.2% ABV) and is not chill-filtered. Limited to 2,500 bottles for this first edition.
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    7 Journeyman Distillery Three Oaks Single Malt Organic Whiskey
    90
    Rich & Sweet
    This entry in the small but fast growing world of American single malt whiskey is distilled in Michigan from 100% organic malted barley that is then aged in three different oak barrels (one reason for the name, the other, of course, refers to the city where the distillery is located). They use their previously used casks from their Featherbone Bourbon barrels for a year and a half before it is then moved for almost another year into ex-rum barrels which they also produce. The final touch has the whiskey finished for two months in ex-port casks.
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    6 Hillrock Estate Single Malt
    90
    Sweet & Rich
    Hillrock Estate is one of the pioneering field to bottle distilleries to produce whiskey in Hudson Valley, NY since Prohibition. This whisky was made under the meticulous care of Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, formerly of Maker's Mark. It is made from barley grown in the fields at the estate, and malted in house, ensuring every aspect of this whisky is monitored on premise. They even custom-built a 250-gallon copper pot still for the job!
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    5 Westland Barley Series Maris Otter Single Cask #2560
    91
    Vanilla & Full Bodied
    Westland Distillery has made a commitment to demonstrating the possibilities in barley, and has now released a series of whiskeys that testify to that. Each of the expressions showcases a different type of malted barley, and the resulting flavors which ensue. The three whiskeys in the series were all matured in ex-bourbon casks from Heaven Hill, for a period between 49 and 50 months and were distilled with Belgian Brewer's yeast. Cask #2560 was made with Maris Otter barley from Thomas Fawcett & Sons. This variety was commonly used in authentic British ales and is noted for its biscuit flavor.
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    4 Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey
    91
    Spicy & Smoky
    This New Mexico distillery takes a decidedly Scottish approach to their single malt whiskey, yet is unmistakably American in its use of mesquite smoking, rather than peat smoking a portion of their malted barley. The whiskey spends a minimum of 2 years in new and used American oak barrels.
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    3 Stranahan's Sherry Cask
    92
    Sweet & Rich
    Released November 2017, this is Sherry Cask bottling is the fourth whiskey released from Stranahan's following their standard American Single Malt, Diamond Peak, and Snowflake expressions. It consists of 100% malted barley aged for four years in new, charred American oak. The American single malt whiskey finishes its maturation in former oloroso sherry barrels. Bottled at 47% ABV.
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    2 Balcones Texas Single Malt
    92
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Balcones is known for its maverick whisky approach - playing with mash bills and wood finishes, using techniques unheard of 'til now. Balcones Single Malt is a Texas version of Scotch single malt whisky, made with unpeated 100% malted barley. That's nothing new. What distinguishes it from others is the aging process - combining small batches of the whisky aged in different sized barrels before blending them together to finish maturation in one big barrel. It's also non chill-filtered.
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    1 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.