_($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 Back to American Whiskey »_. Todd Coleman
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In SAVEUR Issue #141, Rebecca Barry revels in the current state of American Whiskey. Whether your taste runs to ryes, bourbons, moonshines, single malts, or blendeds, there might never have been a moment greater than this one for the spirit. As Barry writes in Whiskey Rebellion, “Take 300 years of U.S. whiskey-making history and add the creativity of new, small distillers. Mix in the locavore movement, which has instigated a return to traditional technologies and recipes and a desire to create spirits with a regional character; garnish with a revival of specialty cocktails, and cheers: American whiskey has never tasted so good.”

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