This type of American whiskey must have at least 51% rye in it's mash bill to be called rye. Theses whiskies carry a spicy, punchy character due to the common use of being matured in virgin oak casks. Rye whiskey is also the base spirit to many classic cocktails including The Manhattan and the Sazerac. If you stumble upon a whiskey that says 'straight rye', that's because it's been aged in new charred oak barrels for a minimum of two years.
The 92 proof or 46% abv version of the James E Pepper 1776 straight Rye is the level entry offering that is still a high Rye mash bill that is a great introduction to the delight of the drier and spicy style of American Whiskey, be sure to try the 57.3%/114.6 proof version too.
A high Rye mash bill (90% Rye) offering from the James E Pepper 1776 brand that packs a big punch at 57.3% abv or 114.6 proof if you are in America.Lots of wood char, toasted Rye and aromatic spices going on here.
After the highly popular bourbon, Bulleit now have a rye on the shelves! Made from a mashbill of 95% rye (which is simply wonderful) and 5% malted barley. A very complex rye from the Bulleit distillery, definite notes of vanilla, tobacco, fruity zests and warming cinnamon spices. San Fransisco worlds Spirit Competition 2013 - Gold Medal - Rye Whiskey
This rye whiskey from EH Taylor is matured for a minimum of four years before being bottled in bond at 50% ABV. Stacked with heaps of rye spice and notes of butterscotch, this is very much a fruit-led rye whiskey.
A collaborative from FEW and the rock band The Flaming Lips, which takes its name Brainville Rye from a song off one of their albums. This rye whiskey is made using malted barley, corn, rye and French wine yeast too. 5,000 bottles were produced.
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An award-winning rye from the FEW spirits distillery in Evanston, Illinois, USA. A very well balanced and superbly complex rye whiskey bottled at 46.5% ABV (93 Proof). FEW rye won Whisky Advocates Craft Whiskey of The Year in 2013!
FEW is one of the cult distilleries growing out of the US craft movement, and this is certainly one of the Illinois-based distillers’ more interesting releases. It’s a rye whiskey that clocks in at a bold 60.5% ABV, and is drawn from a single barrel. An excellent whiskey both for mixologists and for those who want to sip neat.
A 100% Rye mash bill from Tuthilltown spirits and the Hudson river based boutique New York City distillery. One of the first in 2005 to bring Whiskey distillation back to the big apple since prohibition and this 92 proof Rye might come in a small package (35cl bottle) but packs a real Rye punch.
A Kentucky straight Rye distilled at the Jim Beam distillery and first released in the USA in 2012 and now available in the UK. Rye Whiskey has to be at least 51% rye in the grain mashbill but here the Rye content is much higher and aged in heavily charred new American oak.
A rather sought after 10-year-old rye whiskey from Michter's in Louisville, Kentucky. Packed with spice and a great depth of character, these are a treat from the US each year and always seem to be very popular.