Balcones: Is This The Best In American Single Malt Whiskey – Forbes

Balcones: Is This The Best In American Single Malt Whiskey – Forbes


American single malt whiskey is the fastest growing whiskey category in the US. Traditionally, single malt whisky has been associated with Scotland, and to a lesser extent Ireland. It’s a style of whisky, however, that is produced all over the world, and increasingly in the US as well.

Scotland still leads the world in the total volume of single malt whisky produced. In 2020, Scottish distilleries are expected to produce over 300 million liters, about 87 million gallons, of single malt whisky. American production, by comparison, is just a drop.

The US already exceeds Scotland in one important metric however. The US has over 170 distilleries producing single malt whisky. Scotland by comparison only has around 120 distilleries doing the same.

One of the challenges facing American single malt whiskey producers is that there is no legal definition of what constitutes an American single malt whiskey. In Scotland, a single malt whisky, among other things, must be the product of a single distillery, aged for a minimum of three years, and be produced from a mash bill of 100% malted barley.

In the US, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has
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