In the beginning, whiskey is a very simple thing:

Milled grain is mixed with water. Yeast turns the grains’ sugars into alcohol. The soupy mash gets heated so that the good stuff evaporates into another still and boom! You have spirit – otherwise known as whiskey.

In the end, whiskey is a very complicated thing:

There are so many factors that can impact a whiskey before the distillation process, during the process, and afterwards. Deciding how to categorize the various types of whiskey gets tricky. Some categories have strict law-enforced guidelines. Others are loose, often even as perfunctory as whatever the distiller feels like calling it.

First Set of Whiskey Laws

Second Set of Whiskey Laws

Third Set of Whiskey Laws

Fourth Set of Whiskey Laws

Fifth Set of Whiskey Laws

In the case of this category, we’re going to make it as easy as possible, no guidelines other than being whiskey and made in the US.

We’re going to be talking about American whiskey.

Let’s forget about whiskey’s past. The United States has a tendency to forget about laurels and reinvent something with new enthusiasm. Heck, “whiskey” used to be “whisky”. And we slapped an “e” in there and called it our own!

But the best reason to look forward and not past is because of what’s been brewing only just recently. Distilleries have been popping up all over the US. Some distillers have forged themselves in acclaimed schooling of chemical engineering and refinement from years of work at the oldest distilleries in the US, even those centuries older in Scotland. Other mavericks have flocked from a myriad of unrelated backgrounds to persevere in distilling with only their heart to credit.

Regardless of where whiskey and its makers have come from, the wide world of whiskey is hurdling towards new frontiers from every valley, mountain, city or shed across the country.

New incredible discoveries are happening every day. Anything old that fails to impress is jettisoned without delay. Whiskey is vaulting forward, like Forest Gump shattering his leg braces into a sprint, and the only glimpse we can gain of where we’re going is merely the whiskey renaissance.

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