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If you’ve learned how to read a whiskey label, you may have fallen in love with whiskey, and you probably find yourself searching most eagerly for those two words, “Single Malt.” More often found on Scotch whisky bottles, they’ve made their way into the lexicon of American whiskey (move over, bourbon! Um, please…).
Whereas Scotch Single Malts are all bound by a pretty particular, and definitely legal, definition—the product of one distillery, made with 100% malted barley, distilled in pot stills—American Single Malts have the freedom to play with the category, within limits. The basic template of distillery-one malted grain seems to remain, but from there you get some creative elbow room.