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Rye Whiskey

Rye whiskey was widely prevalent before Prohibition took hold of America, for it was a hardy grain that could be grown without too much difficulty. The main difference from Bourbon is the mash bill. The mash bill is the list of grains used for distillation and, in America, rye whiskey is distilled from a minimum of 51% rye alongside barley, wheat and corn. It is the raw ingredient, the rye, that proffers the unique flavour profile; a savoury, spiciness.

Rye whiskey was the original cocktail spirit, when the first manhattans were stirred in pre-Prohibition era America. Canadian whisky is often referred to as rye whisky, though the mash bill need not contain any rye for it to be Canadian whisky. Historically, Canadian whisky was largely based upon rye, though lawfully in Canada whiskies may be referred to as ‘Canadian Whisky, ‘Rye Whisky’ or ‘Canadian Rye Whisky’ regardless of the rye content.

For some time, rye whiskey was largely out of fashion, but there has been a great resurgence recently, with premium brands, including Old Rip Van Winkle and Sazerac, producing wonderful spirits.

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The 2011 release of Thomas H Handy Sazerac from Buffalo Trace's critically acclaimed Antique Collection. This is one huge, intensely spicy rye whiskey, highly recommended!  More info
£98.95
The ultimate rye whiskey, whose 2008 predecessor was rated 97.5 points by Jim Murray, making it World Whisky of the Year. Sazerac 18 is a superb whiskey from Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection. This...  More info
A 1982 bottling of the famous Canadian whisky, Black Velvet. The whisky has recently had a resurgence on the international scene, and was named "Black Velvet" in the '40s by the master distiller Jack...  More info
This is a rye whiskey bottled by famous Bourbon distillers Austin Nichols in 1996.  More info
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£48.00
This is the 2012 release of Buffalo Trace's amazing Sazerac Rye Whiskey, this is a sure-fire winner for any fan of rye whiskies..  More info
£119.86
This is part of the annual releases from Buffalo Trace's antique collection. The Thomas H Handy Sazerac is a cask strength rye whiskey which wins awards year-on-year - most recently the 2011 edition...  More info
£94.04
Tom McGuinness is a human who works for Master of Malt. This isn't his whisky though. No. Bad Tom. Drop it.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.0/5)
£45.95
In keeping with Old Rip Van Winkle’s range, this bottling is a decidedly well-aged whiskey, this rye was aged for 13 years and has a refined maturity.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER

The Fall 2013 edition of the Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye is here! Previous editions have been adored by many, including Jim Murray who gave the 2008 Sazerac 18 a...  More info
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£118.79
STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER

Thomas H Handy was the first to use a rye whiskey in a Sazerac cocktail, and for this, we can only raise our glasses and thank him. Buffalo Trace, however, do much more than...  More info
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£125.86
Old Overholt is a very, very old brand of straight rye whiskey, established in 1810 by Abraham Overholt. It is aged for four years before being bottled and is now produced under the learned eyes of...  More info
£60.00
Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey has been in production for over 200 years now, which is pretty impressive to say the least. This bottle was produced in the 1960s, so while it might not be centuries...  More info
£144.00
The ultimate rye whiskey, this 18 year old is an Editor's Choice at Whisky Mag. Malt Advocate’s John Hansell consistently praises this very highly and this was actually Jim Murray’s World Whisky of...  More info
Maximum one bottle per customer.It's arrived! Last year's release of this incredible Rye was Jim Murray's 2010 World Whisky of the Year, quite an accolade. We couldn't wait to try the 2009 release of...  More info
A high strength rye whiskey from the Buffalo Trace distillery, Thomas H Handy is part of their Antique Collection, very highly rated by Jim Murray. This particular release was described by Malt...  More info
This straight rye is made in the Maryland/Potomac style of rye whiskey. Pikesville offers a spicy, rich character. Great in a Manhattan!  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
£28.13
A rye whisky from the Netherlands! This is a 5 year old made in small batches at the Zuidam distillery.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
£47.27
Single barrel 10 year old straight rye whiskey from Michter's distillery out in Louisville, Kentucky. Wonderful stuff, packed with spicy rye goodness and well balanced notes of toffee and vanilla.  More info
£102.95
An award-winning, critically acclaimed single barrel rye whiskey. John Hansell of Malt Advocate awarded this 96 points! There are very few ryes of this age, and this is a utterly sophisticated...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
£183.15
A tasty NAS rye whisky from Utah, made in small batches. This won a Double Gold at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Loads of sweet spices…  More info
A 16 year old rye whiskey from High West, made in very small batches in Utah, all the bottles are numbered.  More info
The 2010 release of probably the most hotly anticipated whiskey to come out of America. This will sell out very, very fast, so get your hands on it while you can!  More info
£119.38
A 21 year old rye whiskey from High West in Utah, made in refill barrels, this is extremely rare, and made in very small batches. Each bottle is numbered.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.0/5)
The 2010 release of the stunning rye whisky, Thomas H Handy. Bottled at cask strength, this are very well aged and have loads of complexity.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
Wild Turkey Straight Rye
(70cl, 50.50%)
A rye whiskey from Wild Turkey, bottled at 101 US Proof. This was awarded a silver medal at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and it has an incredibly spicy, rich flavour.  More info
£39.95
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