_($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 LibraryBack to American Whiskey »_ Todd Coleman
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.