"The oddball whiskey had no government recognition nor a set of standards to define it. Since then, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has agreed to consider making American Single Malt legit. And a band of producers has taken matters into their own hands by organizing and assigning a quality rubric to American single malt called ‘standards of identity.’ According to the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission, the whiskey is defined as 100% barley whiskey made in the United States at a single distillery. In addition, the malt must be aged in wooden barrels (new or used), distilled below 161 proof, and barreled at a maximum of 62.5% ABV."
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