Holiday Gift Guide:

American Whiskey

From bourbon to rye, we love giving friends and family a bottle of American whiskey this time of year. And to help you pick the perfect holiday present,
we got Keith Biesack, beverage director at Brooklyn’s acclaimed Char No. 4, home to more than 100 whiskies from the US, to share with us five of his favorites.
  • Russell’s Reserve 6-Year-Old Rye

    Russell’s Reserve 6-Year-Old Rye ($38)

    There are few people who know more about American whiskey than Wild Turkey’s master distiller Jimmy Russell, and Biesack likes this bottling that bares the legend’s name. “The rye has mellowed just a little bit from its years in the barrel, providing good mouthfeel...

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  • George Dickel No. 12

    George Dickel No. 12 ($25)

    There’s actually another distillery in Tennessee besides Jack Daniel's: George Dickel. “Drink up this hidden gem,” Biesack says, and “taste what quality Tennessee whisky can be.”

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  • High West Rendezvous Rye

    High West Rendezvous Rye ($52)

    For this special whiskey, Park City, Utah, craft distillery High West blends older and younger spirits. “This is a masterful example of the meeting of youthful (6-year-old) and aged (16-year-old) rye whiskey,” he says. As a result, “it is both aggressive and wise,...

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  • Corsair Triple Smoke

    Corsair Triple Smoke ($45)

    “Corsair is revealing through its many experiments just how interesting and unique American whiskey can be” Biesack says. And this single malt is the perfect example. Portions of the barley are dried with three kinds of smoke—from burning beech wood, cherry wood and...

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  • Hancock’s President’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

    Hancock’s President’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon ($52)

    Love drinking Blanton’s? Well, “try another single-barrel from the same distillery (Buffalo Trace) that shares the same mashbill,” Biesack suggests. “Single-barrel bourbons are picked according to flavor profile rather than age. Hancock’s reveals through its color,...

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