Just like America itself, the world of American whiskey is a bit of a melting pot. Albeit, a well-regulated melting pot. It's no surprise that a government that outlawed alcohol for a decade decided to put some legislation around it once it came back. There are several American whiskeys, each featuring their own nuances. There are plenty of laws on the books about how whiskey must be made, but as a baseline they must be distilled from a fermented mash of cereal grain and water, aged in charred-oak barrels and be no more than 80% ABV.
Types of American Whiskey:
There are countless American whiskey brands and types, so you've got a lot of sampling to do. The different varieties include: bourbon, rye, malt, rye malt, wheat, corn and Tennessee whiskey.
Straight as an Arrow:
To be considered straight, the whiskey must be aged for a minimum of two years and remain unblended. However, if you over-indulge, they will not help you walk any straighter.
How to Drink It:
Well that depends on the variety of whiskey you currently have. They're generally all very good on their own, but there's no shortage of classic whiskey cocktails to experiment with either.