Along with bourbon (corn-based, aged in charred barrels) and rye (made mainly from its namesake grain) are wheat-based and other corn whiskeys, as well as ones made from malted barley.
Credit: Todd Coleman
Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey
($49.95; 750 ml)
A subtle mix of honeyed vanilla and savory brine, balanced by delicate wood and wheat. Mint and cold tobacco on a long, complex, food-friendly finish.
Death's Door White Whisky
($34.99; 750 ml)
This unaged wheat-based distillate from Wisconsin smells hay-like at first and then reveals fennel aromas, with a creamy palate and pepper and cumin flavors to round it out.
St. George Single Malt Whiskey
($70; 750 ml)
Lovely quince and honey aromas pave the way in this California whiskey to an explosion of pineapple and coconut flavors on a base of pine, cedar, and vanilla.
Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey
($39; 375 ml)
A discreet nose of strawberry-vanilla lollipop leads to aniseed, cherry, chocolate, and ripe peaches. Though the flavor is not as rich, it holds together well.
Tasting notes by Flavian Desoblin of New York's Brandy Library
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