An American hero your evening deserves.
Before we start, what's an American Whiskey? Well, it's any Whiskey from the Land of the Free that doesn't fit into the category of Bourbon or rye. It usually means a different proportion of grains used for mashing, and in the case of Van Brunt's American Whiskey it means it's made of four grains: mainly from malted barley and wheat, with some corn and rye added to the mix.
The Brooklyn-based distillery named after the founder of "Breukelen" borough and managed by the former editor for the Daily Show Daric Schlesselman, and his wife Sarah Ludington, is a maverick distillery that loves to color outside the lines and break some rules. When the folks at Van Brunt Stillhouse blend and ferment their grains, they let the Spirit rest for five months in American oak barrels. All their tiny batches are made by hand and each run is extremely limited.
This Stars-and-Stripes Whiskey is full, rich and sweet, and tastes earthy and malty. Be careful, this is some special cargo and it would be a sin mixing it with anything. Sip it neat or dilute it slightly with water.