TOP 10 American Whiskies

Whether you’re a fan of Bourbon, Rye and Tennessee, there's loads of great American whiskey out there - so here's our Top Ten American Whiskies to buy. Find a great American Whiskey bargain in our Top 10 American whiskeys.

WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye Whiskey

WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye Whiskey

Straight Rye Whiskey
Distillery Bottling 75cl / 48.28% / 96.56 Proof

PiggyBack is a new WhistlePig bottling entering the current UK lineup. Piggyback Rye is made with 100% rye grains so expect something pretty spicy! It's also been aged a minimum of six years and bottled at a sturdy 48.28%.

We're huge fans of Whistle Pig here, and Whistle Pig Piggyback Rye is ticking all the boxes - a great sipping whiskey at a great value price that makes it viable for top-class cocktails - this should be epic in a Manhattan.

Attributes
Distillery/Brand

WhistlePig

Bottler

WhistlePig

Series PiggyBack
Country Canada / America
Age 6
Bottle Size 75cl
ABV 48.28% / 96.56 Proof
Pre-Owned No
Tasting Notes

Nose: Fresh cinnamon, black peppercorn mingle, hints of tangerine and grapefruit zest.

Palate: Powerfully spicy, with cocoa, cardamom and cured leather flavours.

Finish: Baking spices, oak, and vanilla linger, with a whisper of citrus.

£40.00 inc VAT.
£33.33 exc VAT.
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102130 | Whisky-Online Exclusive
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102130 | Whisky-Online Exclusive
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102130 | Whisky-Online Exclusive
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102130 | Whisky-Online Exclusive

WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102130 | Whisky-Online Exclusive

Straight Rye Whiskey 75cl / 52.5%
Exclusively Bottled for Whisky-Online

This is one of the two 10 year old Whistle Pig single barrels specially selected by Wayne, Harrison and Tim and bottled exclusively for Whisky-Online.

We have selected these two casks to highlight the many variances in flavour you can find from barrel to barrel. Cask 102130 is the more elegant, herbaceous rye, with a lovely interplay of peppery spice and balancing sweetness.

Available only at Whisky-Online, Barrel #102130 was aged for 10 years in Warehouse 2, Rick C, Level 3 at the WhistlePig farm before being hand-bottled at 52.5% (105 US Proof).

WhistlePig 10-year-old Barrel #102130 is limited to just 120 individually numbered 75cl bottles and 144 miniatures (5cl).

Attributes
Distillery/Brand

WhistlePig

Bottler

WhistlePig Exclusively for Whisky-Online

Country Canada / America
Cask Type New American Oak
Age 10
Bottling Year 2020
Barrel Number 102130
Bottles Produced 120
Bottle Size 75cl
ABV 52.5% / 105 Proof
Pre-Owned No

 

Tasting Notes

By Whisky-Online

NoseNicely balanced with dried herbs, fresh fennel and subtle wood glue; develops a vanilla creaminess alongside varnished wood aromas, dried bark and furniture polish. 

PalateSweet initially, with brown sugar and golden syrup, then turns a little menthol with eucalyptus hints, then clove, fennel, cardamom, and black pepper.

FinishGood length, warm but not hot. The peppery spice and dried herbs persist longest.

CommentsPlenty of flavour, very herbaceous but good balance and impressive complexity.

£85.00 inc VAT.
£70.83 exc VAT.
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102222 | Whisky-Online Exclusive
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102222 | Whisky-Online Exclusive
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102222 | Whisky-Online Exclusive
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102222 | Whisky-Online Exclusive

WhistlePig Rye Whiskey 10 Year Old | Barrel Pick 102222 | Whisky-Online Exclusive

Straight Rye Whiskey 75cl / 53.1%
Exclusively Bottled for Whisky-Online

This is the second of our two Whistle Pig barrel picks specially selected by Wayne, Harrison and Tim and bottled exclusively for Whisky-Online.

Each of these barrels have their own individual qualities that make them stand out. Both casks were bursting with flavour but Barrel #102222 is noticeably different to Barrel #102130, with this one being the more robust and earthy of the two picks.

Available only at Whisky-Online, Barrel #102222 was aged for 10 years in Warehouse 2, Rick E, Level 2 at the WhistlePig farm before being hand-bottled at 53.1% (106.2 US Proof).

WhistlePig 10-year-old Barrel #102222 is limited to just 120 individually numbered 75cl bottles and 144 miniatures (5cl).

Attributes
Distillery/Brand

WhistlePig

Bottler

WhistlePig Exclusively for Whisky-Online

Country Canada / America
Cask Type New American Oak
Age 10
Bottling Year 2020
Barrel Number 102222
Bottles Produced 120
Bottle Size 75cl
ABV 53.1% / 106.2 Proof
Pre-Owned

No

 

Tasting Notes

By Whisky-Online

Nose: A fruit-forward nose with raisins, currants, dried plums and blackberries. The woody aromas follow: varnish, glue, fresh cardamom and vanilla pods. Develops moss and bark aromas with time in the glass.

PalateSweet and earthy off the bat, then becomes very leafy - more herbaceous than the nose suggested. The dried fruits from the nose are there, with pine resin, playdoh and furniture polish notes.

FinishLong, warming and peppery with a faint herby menthol tingle at the end.

CommentsMore robust than the sister cask, this is perhaps less subtle but bursting with character and flavour.

£85.00 inc VAT.
£70.83 exc VAT.
FEW Immortal Rye
FEW Immortal Rye

FEW Immortal Rye

American Rye Whiskey
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 46.5% / 93 Proof

A very unusual one here - FEW Spirits have taken a batch of cask strength rye whiskey and brought it down to 46.5% not with water but with Oolong tea! FEW Spirits are known for being pretty wild when it comes to innovation, but they've really raised the bar this time. 

The tea in question is cold extracted 8 Immortals Oolong tea from Guandong province in China (hence the dragon label). When added to the whiskey the result is a spicy rye with an unmistakeable earthy, herby underbelly. FEW Immortal Rye is really a must for adventurous rye whiskey fans.

Attributes
Distillery

Few

Bottler

Distillery

Country America
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 46.5% / 93 Proof
Pre-Owned No
£47.00 inc VAT.
£39.17 exc VAT.
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 40%

Buffalo Trace is distilled, aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world.

Made from the finest corn to add sweetness, rye to add spice and barley malt, this whiskey ages in new oak barrels for years in century-old warehouses until the peak of maturity.

The taste is rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit.

The smooth finish lingers on the palate.

Attributes
Brand

Buffalo Trace

Bottler

Buffalo Trace

Country America
Cask Type American oak 
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 40% 
Pre-Owned No
£25.00 inc VAT.
£20.83 exc VAT.
Noah's Mill Small Batch
Noah's Mill Small Batch

Noah's Mill Small Batch

Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled by: Willett Distillery 70cl / 57.15% / 114.3 Proof

The much sought after and much loved Noah's Mill bourbon. 

This small-batch Kentucky straight bourbon is matured in virgin American oak barrels before being hand bottled at 57.15% / 114.3 proof. 

Such a beautiful, full and rich bourbon.

Attributes
Distillery/Brand

Willett Distillery / Noah's Mill

Bottler

Willett Distillery

Country America
Cask Type Virgin white American oak 
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 57.15% / 114.3 Proof
Pre-Owned No

 

Tasting Notes

One of the most lush and rich Whiskeys on the market.

Nose: The nose is walnuts, prunes, and floral notes.
Palate: The palate mimics the nose with walnuts, prunes, spices, intertwined with lavender and balanced with the perfect amount of acid, that leads you down a path of lingering burnt caramel.

Tasting notes courtesy of:
Bill Thomas,
Jack Rose Dining Saloon

£77.00 inc VAT.
£64.17 exc VAT.
Peg Leg Porker 8 Year Old | Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Peg Leg Porker 8 Year Old | Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Peg Leg Porker 8 Year Old | Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled By: Speak Easy Spirits 70cl / 45% (90 Proof)

A very special Tennessee whiskey launched in the UK by Emporia in late 2021, Peg Leg Porker is an 8-year-old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Carey Bringle, a renowned American BBQ Pitmaster. The distillery is unnamed but it's more likely to be George Dickel than Jack Daniel's, which is obviously a good thing.

As one would expect for a bourbon conceived for pairing with BBQ food, Peg Leg Porker 8-year-old bourbon has been designed as a full-flavoured, complex whiskey. Peg Leg Porker is filtered after ageing through Bringle's own custom-made hickory charcoal and is bottled at 45% to enable its flavours to stand up to the grilled meat of your choice.

Attributes
Brand

Peg Leg Porker

Bottler

Speak Easy Spirits

Age

8

Country America
Cask Type American Oak 
Limited Edition Yes
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 45%
Pre-Owned No
£66.00 inc VAT.
£55.00 exc VAT.
Willett 4 Year Old Family Reserve Rye
Willett 4 Year Old Family Reserve Rye

Willett 4 Year Old Family Reserve Rye

Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 56.4% / 112.8 Proof

Anther fantastic whiskey from the famous Willett Distillery in Kentucky.

This small-batch straight rye whiskey was distilled at the Willett Distillery in Kentucky before being aged for 4 years in hand-picked virgin charred white oak barrels before being bottled at a cask strength of 56.4% 

Attributes
Distillery

Willett

Bottler

Distillery

Country America
Cask Type Virgin white American oak 
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 56.4% / 112.8 Proof
Pre-Owned No
Tasting Notes

We need more Rye to drink, so this is a great addition to the market.

Nose: A quick nosing reveals that Rye nose of grassy, herbal goodness with a sweetness that follows it.
Palate: The palate is well balanced with a herbal mintiness, intertwined with a sweetness that dances on your tongue until it exits with a spiciness.

This is a great utility whiskey to drink neat, make an Old Fashioned, or hold up to a rock.

Tasting notes courtesy of:
Bill Thomas,
Jack Rose Dining Saloon

£83.00 inc VAT.
£69.17 exc VAT.
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon

Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled by: Willett Distillery 70cl / 47% / 94 Proof

Willett's Pot Still Reserve is a small batch Kentucky straight bourbon bottled at 47% by Willett Distillery, formerly known as Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD), in an eye-catching still-shaped bottle.

The Willett Distillery was revived in 2012 after a near-thirty year absence, during which time KBD had established themselves as one of the USA's largest independent bourbon bottlers, with a large number of their brands using sourced bourbon from the neighbouring Heaven Hill distillery.

Attributes
Distillery

Willett

Bottler

Distillery

Country America
Cask Type Virgin white American oak 
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 47.0% / 94 Proof
Pre-Owned No

 

Tasting Notes

Nose: Vanilla lemon cake.
Palate: The palate is a balance of caramel, vanilla, spices and citrus. I'm not sure if they made the opulent bottle to match the Whiskey or vice versa.

Tasting notes courtesy of:
Bill Thomas,
Jack Rose Dining Saloon

£72.00 inc VAT.
£60.00 exc VAT.
Rowan's Creek Small Batch
Rowan's Creek Small Batch

Rowan's Creek Small Batch

Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled by: Willett Distillery 70cl / 50.5% / 100.1 Proof

Owned by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co and bottled at their famous Willet Distillery in Bardstown Kentucky Rowan's Creek small batch bourbon was aged in charred oak barrels and hand bottled at 50.5% abv / 100.1 proof.

A beautiful sipping bourbon.

Attributes
Distillery/Brand

Willett Distillery / Rowan's Creek

Bottler

Willett Distillery

Country America
Cask Type Charred virgin white American oak 
Bottle Size 70cl
ABV 50.5% / 100.1 Proof
Pre-Owned No

 

Tasting Notes

Nose: Bringing your nose to the glass and your olfactory is treated to caramel and vanilla layered on herbal and floral notes. 
Palate: The mouthfeel starts oily but finishes dry. You are then treated to sweet caramel, vanilla, dusted in floral notes.
Finish: Notes of oak and lingering spiciness. 

T
asting notes courtesy of:
Bill Thomas,
Jack Rose Dining Saloon

£61.00 inc VAT.
£50.83 exc VAT.