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Fruit wine is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from fruit other than grapes. For historical purposes, mead, cider and perry are also excluded from the fruit wine category. Ingredients include everything from blueberry and raspberry to pineapple and dandelion.

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When someone talks about small batch whiskey, they’re usually referring to bourbon or rye produced in no more than 20 barrels, sometimes significantly less, although there is no formal regulation or guideline that defines a small batch. Most small batch whiskeys are aged in oak barrels for six to nine years, while some are aged as long as 23 years.

The master blenders of small batch American whiskey are like fine artists, working to create the impeccable balance of flavor, smoothness and power. While some consider single barrel whiskey to be an act of nature, or even a fluke, small batch whiskeys are widely recognized as carefully crafted works of art.

Here are five of our favorite small batch American whiskeys.

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