Monday, June 23, 2014
Reader Poll: The Best American Whiskeys That You Can Actually Buy
Today's question is: What is the best whiskey from each major American producer that you can buy? Not the best ever, not the best special release, not the best that you might win in a lottery or the best retailer exclusive barrel, but the best general release whiskey that anyone can walk into a store today and actually walk out with a bottle of (or order on-line).
Here's my list.
Beam Suntory: I'd say Baker's with Old Grand-Dad 114 as a runner-up; others would probably say Booker's, Knob Creek Single Barrel or Maker's 46.
Brown Forman: Well, I've never been a fan, but if you held a gun to my head, I'd probably say Jack Daniel's Single Barrel.
Diageo: George Dickel 12 with Bulleit Rye as a runner up.
Four Roses: Four Roses Single Barrel, still one of the best deals in whiskey.
Heaven Hill: Elijah Craig 12 and Rittenhouse 100 are easy picks.
Sazerac: This is tough because the availability varies so much from market to market. I'd probably say Blanton's or Old Weller Antique since the Weller 12 seems tough to find. I haven't tried the new no age statement Very Old Barton. Is anyone still a fan?
Wild Turkey: Wild Turkey Rare Breed. The 101 rye is apparently back, but I can't say I've seen it anywhere.
What do you think?