of the hottest whiskey categories in the United States is American Single Malt.
It has been around for several years but has not been legally defined. That’s
coming very soon, as the American Single
Malt Whiskey Commission (ASMWC), representing
almost 100 distilleries, has submitted its proposal to the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for consideration.
been on an American Single Malt kick for the last few years. There are some stunning
examples on the market, and if you think this is just a me-too copy of Scotch
or Irish whiskeys, you’d be wrong. American Single Malts are distant cousins to
those styles. The main similarity, naturally, is the use of malted barley.
Branch Distillery out of Lebanon, Kentucky, has just
introduced its first American Single Malt to the marketplace under its Yellowstone
brand. One of the cool things Yellowstone does is donate a portion of its
proceeds to the National
Parks Conservation Association
“I’m proud of the success Yellowstone Select Bourbon has enjoyed since 2015 when I introduced my take on my family’s historic brand, and I’m proud to once again continue my family’s tradition of innovation with the launch of Yellowstone American Single Malt. This is a brand-new category of American whiskey, and our offering is sure to become a favorite among Yellowstone Bourbon fans and fans of American Single Malt Whiskeys alike.” – Stephen Beam, Master Distiller
American Single Malt is distilled from 100% two- and six-row malted barleys from MGP. The distillate is then aged four years in new, charred
53-gallon oak barrels. It is bottled at 54% ABV (108°) and should start showing
up on store shelves this month. Expect to pay about $54.99 for a 750ml package.
those European cousins, my experience is that four years is plenty of time for
an American Single Malt to mature fully; they age faster than either Bourbon or
When this whiskey showed up, I did an unboxing video, which you can view below:
cracking this bottle open, I must thank Limestone Branch for providing me with
a sample of its inaugural American Single Malt Whiskey in exchange for a no-strings-attached,
honest review. Now, let’s #DrinkCurious.
Appearance: I sipped
this single malt neat in my Glencairn glass. It presented as bronze with a
medium-thin rim. Slow, tiny tears were released.
first thing I smelled was Honey Nut Cheerios. A floral bouquet was
evident, along with lighter tannins. When I inhaled through my lips, I encountered
mouthfeel was medium weighted and a bit oily. A fruity front consisted of pear,
apple, and raw honey. Midway through, I tasted cherry, raspberry, and apricot.
The back featured clove, nutmeg, and oak.
dry oak, along with clove, nutmeg, apricot, and raspberry, stuck around for a
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: Yellowstone’s
American Single Malt is a stand-out and different from many other American
Single Malts I’ve sampled. The fruity notes dominated, much like a Speyside
Scotch, but it had a muted maltiness. It was proofed perfectly. I found myself returning
to it over the next few days. At $54.99, this is almost a steal, and I’m
thrilled to have this in my Whiskey Library. Yellowstone has set the bar high regarding
this year’s crop of American Single Malts, and I have no qualms about crowning
it with my Bottle rating. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you do so responsibly.