Whiskey holds a special place in the hearts of many. Because of this, many innovations and spins have been put on this beloved spirit. The rise of the American single malt is one of the most exciting developments in recent years.
This article explains American single malt whiskey, how it’s distilled, and what differentiates it from the more well-known whiskeys like bourbon, rye, and Scotch.Read more: What is American Single Malt Whiskey?
How American Single Malt Whiskey is Made
American single malt whiskey is made from 100% malted barley and distilled in pot stills. The barley is usually locally sourced, and the whiskey is aged in oak barrels for at least two years. Like Scotch, American single malt whiskey is non-blended, meaning that it is made only from a single distillery’s output. However, unlike Scotch, there are currently no formal regulations around the production of American single malt whiskey, meaning that distilleries have a great deal of leeway in making and marketing their product.
One of the key differences between American single malt whiskey and other types of whiskey is its flavor profile. Due in part to the use of pot stills in the distillation process, American single malt whiskey often features sweet, nutty, toasty, biscuit, bread, and toffee-like notes. It has a distinctive taste thanks to processed cereal grains that are used.
Though they share some characteristics, American single malt whiskey is different from single malt Scotch.
Distilling American Single Malt Whiskey
Unlike Bourbon, which must be made with a minimum of 51% corn, American Single Malt Whiskey is made entirely from malted barley. The malted barley is mashed with hot water, releasing the sugars that will help with fermentation. The liquid produced is called “wort” and is then fermented with yeast, which converts the sugars into alcohol.
The resulting liquid, or “wash,” is then distilled in copper pot stills. The filtered liquid is then aged in oak barrels, giving it a unique flavor. The aging process is what really sets American Single Malt Whiskey apart from other Whiskeys. The Whiskey is usually aged for at least three years, with some distilleries aging it up to 10 years. This results in a smoother and more complex flavor profile.
A Taste for Something New
Compared to bourbon, American Single Malt Whiskey tends to be less sweet and more aromatic. Its flavor profile varies by brand, but it typically has hints of vanilla, fruit, and sometimes even chocolate. Its finish tends to be smoother than Bourbon, with a more prolonged, complex aftertaste. Think orchard fruits, honey, and a gentle smokiness more like a cozy campfire than a roaring bonfire like higher-proof whiskeys.
How Yellowstone American Single Malt is Different
Yellowstone American Single Malt blends tradition with innovation. It tells a story of meticulous aging and a commitment to quality. An exploration in taste, it offers layers of caramel, oak, and a hint of fruitiness, balanced with just the right touch of smoke. It’s an American original paying homage to the single malt heritage while carving out its identity.
Yellowstone American Single Malt has won multiple awards, including two golds at the 2023 Sip Awards and the 2023 Bartender Spirits Competition.
Your Next Whiskey Adventure Awaits
American single malt whiskey is a unique and delicious spirit gaining popularity in the United States. Its rich, complex flavor and artisanal production process make it an exciting addition to the world of premium spirits. Yellowstone offers an authentic and refreshing experience, whether you’re a seasoned whiskey enthusiast or are being introduced to the world of single malts for the first time.