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    Official American Whiskey categories?

    Hi,

    Scottish whisky is placed in official categories like Single Malt, Blended Whisky, Single Grain, Blended Malt, etc.

    Can you tell me what the official categories are for American Whiskey? I think these are some

    • Straight Bourbon
    • Straight Rye
    • Straight Wheat (Bernheim for example?)
    • Whisk(e)y (for the Bourbons that are not made according to the offical rules)
    • Tennessee Whiskey (or should these be filed under Whiskey as some distiller can start charcoal filtering in another state as well?)

    I think Wheated or Rye'd Bourbons are no official categories as it's not mentioned on the label, or am i wrong here?
    Also, is there any difference between a rye (+51% rye) of a 100% rye? Would the latter be categorised as a single malt (like Old Potrero calls itself)?
    I hope someone is able to provide the definitive categories.

    Thanks in advance!

    EMalt

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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    There are categories with subcategories;

    Whisky is the main category

    Bourbon
    rye
    wheat
    malt
    corn
    malt rye

    then straight whisky, with versions of each of the above

    Then whisky distilled from "_____" mash, with versions of each of the above, except corn, aged in used cooperage

    Light whiskey

    Blended whiskey

    blended versions of each class of whiskey above

    blend of straight whiskies

    Spirit whisky


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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post


    Spirit whisky

    What brand would be in this catagory/subcatagory?
    ovh

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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    What brand would be in this catagory/subcatagory?
    "Spirit whisky" is a mixture of neutral spirits and not less than 5 percent on a
    proof gallon basis of whisky, or straight whisky, or straight whisky and whisky, if the straight whisky component is less than 20 percent on a proof gallon basis.

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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    Sounds like it would be good to start a fire or put in my lawn mower.
    ovh

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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    Sounds like it would be good to start a fire or put in my lawn mower.
    Unlikely. I'd expect that jewel to weigh in at 40 ABV.

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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    Quote Originally Posted by EMalt View Post
    Hi,

    Scottish whisky is placed in official categories like Single Malt, Blended Whisky, Single Grain, Blended Malt, etc.

    Can you tell me what the official categories are for American Whiskey? I think these are some
    • Straight Bourbon
    • Straight Rye
    • Straight Wheat (Bernheim for example?)
    • Whisk(e)y (for the Bourbons that are not made according to the offical rules)
    • Tennessee Whiskey (or should these be filed under Whiskey as some distiller can start charcoal filtering in another state as well?)
    I think Wheated or Rye'd Bourbons are no official categories as it's not mentioned on the label, or am i wrong here?
    Also, is there any difference between a rye (+51% rye) of a 100% rye? Would the latter be categorised as a single malt (like Old Potrero calls itself)?
    I hope someone is able to provide the definitive categories.

    Thanks in advance!

    EMalt
    You would have
    Straight Bourbon
    Blended Bourbon
    Straight Rye
    Blended Rye
    Straight Whiskey
    Blended Whiskey
    Straight Wheat Whiskey
    Tennessee Whiskey
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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?


    Posted by p_elliot

    You would have
    Straight Bourbon
    Blended Bourbon
    Straight Rye
    Blended Rye
    Straight Whiskey
    Blended Whiskey
    Straight Wheat Whiskey
    Tennessee Whiskey
    Thanks. Do you have a short description of each category or tell me where to find it (especially the blended ones)? What i have now is this: http://www.thewhiskyguide.com/Americ...n_Whiskey.html

    Thank you in advance.

    Grtz,
    EMalt

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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    Quote Originally Posted by p_elliott View Post
    You would have
    Straight Bourbon
    Blended Bourbon
    Straight Rye
    Blended Rye
    Straight Whiskey
    Blended Whiskey
    Straight Wheat Whiskey
    Tennessee Whiskey
    That list misses a few that were covered in my comprehensive list.

    Malt whiskey, Rye Malt Whiskey, Light Whiskey, Corn Whiskey.

    You can also have versions of each that are not straight. For example you could have "Bourbon aged 18 months" this is not straight, as that would require two years of aging.

    You can also have a blend of straight whiskies

    You can also have "whiskey distilled from ____ mash" (bourbon, rye, malt, wheat, rye malt) which is aged in used cooperage.


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    Re: Official American Whiskey categories?

    Quote Originally Posted by EMalt View Post
    Thanks. Do you have a short description of each category or tell me where to find it (especially the blended ones)? What i have now is this: http://www.thewhiskyguide.com/Americ...n_Whiskey.html

    Thank you in advance.

    Grtz,
    EMalt
    It sounds like you need a copy of Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, which is the set of rules used by the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the U.S. Treasury Department for the labeling of distilled spirits products. You can find it here.

 

 

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