The 10 best whiskey brands you need to try, according to 2 renowned experts

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Written by Laura Casado of Business Insider

May 16, 2020

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.”

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