The 10 best whiskey brands you need to try, according to 2 renowned experts
Written by Laura Casado of Business Insider
If you prefer a smokey alcohol, you might try a peated Scotch or a spicy rye; if you want something on the sweeter side, go for an American bourbon with more citrus and vanilla notes.
Many people may associate whiskey with men in old movies, who usually drink the liquor straight up. Today’s top whiskey experts, however, are a far cry from that stereotype, and are working to make whiskey drinking less intimidating and more available for beginners.
“I would love to tell you there are hard fast rules, but there aren’t anymore. There’s no ‘all Scotch tastes like this’ anymore,” whiskey expert Heather Greene told Business Insider. “If I had to make one big generalization — and it’s risky to say this — as to what differentiates American whiskey, it’s that since American whiskey must be aged in new oak wood casks, it has a bigger vibrant and robust wood flavor that’s slightly maple and sweet.”
In the last decade, the Lone Star State has experienced a whiskey boom. Ask any bartender, including Caudebec, and they’ll tell you that Texas, particularly Austin and the nearby Texas Hill Country, is home to some of the best craft whiskeys in the nation. And of the growing crop of new distilleries, one of the region’s clear standouts is Milam & Greene: an independent, women-owned whiskey brand.
These five new grain-to-glass releases are proof that the state’s still-young whiskey industry is developing a bold regional profile.
The Lone Star State, the largest in terms of square mileage in the continental U.S. as well as one of its most populous, encompasses a wide range of home-grown spirits. In other words, don’t mess with Texas.