Most larger cities can now boast a handful of whiskey-centric operations, but few as committed as New York's American Whiskey
. Opened in 2013, the bar offers upwards of 300 American whiskeys
gathered on the menu by both distillery and under such rubrics as "Rustic & Rich," "Light & Floral" and "Dry & Spicy."
Department of Agriculture, featured a presentation on the history and unique production process of American Whiskeys
. Leading distributors, mixologists, media and other tastemakers from the region were present at the event.
Bourbons were readily differentiated from Tennessee and other American whiskeys
, but were not well separated from rye whiskeys, many of which were produced at distilleries which also make bourbon whiskeys.
Typically, prices for limited-edition American whiskeys
topped out at a few hundred dollars per bottle, though Michter's does offer a 20-year-old bourbon that sells for $600 a bottle and a 25-year-old whiskey that retails for up to $700 a bottle.
So, how are American whiskeys
different from Scotch?
Last year, Wild Turkey entered South Africa, where a booming economy and a growing urban, black middle class have fuelled demand for American whiskey
. Wild Turkey exports reportedly rose by more than 10 percent last year.
For much of the post-Prohibition era, American whiskeys
were made with mash bills that included three (or sometimes four) grains: corn, rye, wheat and barley.
And because so many whiskeys-even common brands-go out of stock, "it means menu changes-a lot of menu changes." Dry 85's curated, rotating list encompasses 150 American whiskeys
, priced from $6 up to $200 for a generous 2-oz.
Thomas Collins, Ph.D., and his team profiled 60 American whiskeys
, which resulted in a treasure trove of information that could prove useful for whiskey-makers large and small as well as for regulators.
Bourbon and American whiskeys
grew relatively slowly compared to the other sectors, gaining only 1.2 percent.
"Demand for American whiskey
continues to grow," says Sophie Kelly, Diageo senior vice president of North American Whiskeys