After nearly a decade of lobbying, the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission, co-founded by Virginia Distillery CEO Gareth Moore, has succeeded in officially receiving its own categorization in line with other classic whiskeys such as Rye, Scotch and Bourbon. Among several other qualifications, American Single Malt Whiskey (ASM) must be made from 100% malted barley, mashed, distilled and matured in one distillery in oak casks. America, as a top barley producer globally, is uniquely qualified to distill malt whiskey, with the variety of terroir contributing to a range of flavor profiles. Those who would like to learn more can enroll in the free online series, ASM Academy, created by the Virginia Distillery Company.

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