The Top 10 American Spirits

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Bluecoat Gin (Pennsylvania)

Juniper berries are the main ingredient in gin and Bluecoat Gin is no exception. However, Bluecoat utilizes organic juniper berries exclusively “which transmit spicy, earthy notes as opposed to the pungent pine-tree flavors of regular berries,” as stated on the company’s website. Bluecoat Gin is a blend of organic citrus peels and spices. A small company in Philadelphia produces the gin the old fashion way — in a copper pot, making the berries produce a unique style of gin.

Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Kentucky)

All bourbon is made in America, but Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a favorite among its fans because it’s smooth and balanced. The bourbon is distilled and bottled at the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. The gin has a rich taste, offering hints of vanilla, toffee, and candied fruit.

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Crusoe Spiced Rum (California)

While most rum is made in the Caribbean, Crusoe Spiced Rum is made in Los Angeles. It’s made from a blend of organic molasses and sugarcane. Unlike many other spiced rum brands, every spice that goes into Crusoe is hand crushed, and workers hand zest California oranges to add to the blend.

Death’s Door White Whiskey (Wisconsin)

Death’s Door Distillery is the largest craft distillery in Wisconsin. The company’s white whiskey is relatively new, and distillers use locally sourced wheat and barley that give the whiskey a sweet, spicy, and smooth start. The drink works great as a Tom Collins or Manhattan ingredient.

Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka (California)

This distillery makes a citrus-flavored vodka, with hints of honey orange and floral aromas. The vodka is produced in an old aircraft hanger near San Francisco, unlike most commercial vodkas made in column stills at rectification plants.

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Jack Daniels (Tennessee)

Jack Daniels is a favorite among many and is the classic Tennessee whiskey for a Jack and Coke, or a Jack and Ginger. Jack Daniels is the top-selling American whiskey worldwide. Jack Daniels mash is made from rye, corn, and malted barley, and is distilled in copper stills. It’s then filtered through 10-foot stacks of sugar maple charcoal. Why Jack Daniel named his whiskey “Old No. 7” is still a mystery. There are theories that it referenced the number of girlfriends he had or the way he wrote the letter “J.”

Laird’s Applejack (New Jersey)

Laird’s Applejack is 35% apple brandy and 65% neutral spirits. During the colonial period, Applejack was used as currency to pay road construction crews. You may think Applejack is hard cider, but you’d be wrong. In fact, the features that make it different are that it has a higher concentration of alcohol. It can be as high as 30% alcohol or 60 proof. Also, the apple flavor is more intense.

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Tito’s Handmade Vodka (Texas)

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, produced in Austin, Texas, is made in the first legal distillery in Texas, established by Bert Butler “Tito” Beveridge II. Tito’s vodka is made from yellow corn, instead of the more commonly used wheat or potatoes, resulting in a mildly sweet aftertaste. The vodka is officially gluten free because it is made from 100% corn mash.

Tuthilltown Manhattan Rye (New York)

Tuthilltown Manhattan Rye is inspired by the Manhattan cocktail. The company’s whiskey is known for its spiciness, and its rich and shifting flavor and aroma. Like many other young whiskeys, the Hudson Manhattan Rye emits strong cereal grain, cinnamon, and oak notes. The Hudson Manhattan Rye is a long-overdue revival of a rye-making tradition that existed before the start of prohibition.

Wild Turkey American Honey (Kentucky)

Wild Turkey American Honey is smooth Bourbon that is blended with wild honey to achieve a rich natural sweetness. American Honey was named as World’s Best Whiskey Liquor three years in a row. Its warm honey taste is delicious served chilled, straight, or in cocktails.

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