Malt whiskey must be made with at least 51% malted barley, whilst rye whiskey uses at least 51% rye with the remaining blends of both being made up of other grains.
Rye Malt whiskey uses at least 51% malted rye in conjunction with other grains, and corn whiskey must be made with at least 80% corn.
Finally, wheat whiskey uses 51% wheat during production and is a much rarer type of whiskey to find, usually only produced by smaller micro-distilleries.
Whilst all of this talk of grains and percentages may seem a bit superfluous to most of us it matters a great deal to the flavour profile inherent in the whiskey produced.
To discover more on the different types, read this article, which explains a bit more about each of the types mentioned above.
Which American Whiskey to Choose?
Feeling spoilt for choice? Evidently, there is a lot to know about American whiskey so when it comes time to selecting which bottle to pick there are few markers to look for.
For those preferring sweeter style whiskies that are typically more supple, gentle, and approachable consider trying bourbon, Tennessee, or Corn whiskey. Examples include Makers Mark and Jim Beam Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
If you prefer whiskeys that are more bitey with a peppery spice to them then be sure to try those whiskeys with a higher rye content, including Wild Turkey 101 and Bulleit Bourbon.
Similar to scotch whisky, we encourage everyone to enjoy their preferred style of American whiskey neat with a splash of water or over ice as this will allow you to truly appreciate the craftsmanship inherent in each bottle.
Depending upon where you are on your whiskey journey and what your taste buds prefer there is a whiskey out there for everyone.
Pairing Food with American Whiskey
Although the idea of pairing your favourite American whiskey with food may seem peculiar to some, it is a highly recommended way of really enhancing your drinking experience.
When it comes to pairing food with Tennessee whiskey, the higher concentration of sweetness mixed with the mellow smokiness tends to match very well with strong dark chocolate or aged cheddar cheese as both of these foods compliment the flavour profile of the whiskey.