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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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100% rye whisky from... Holland?!

That's right, this Discovery Road bottling of 7 year old 100% rye whisky comes from Holland. Dominic Roskrow, whisky writer and founder of the Craft Distillers'...  More info
£65.57
A 100% rye grain whiskey from Montana distillery, Roughstock. Their Straight Rye is classically spicy and drying, with sweeter notes of toffee and vanilla giving it balance. A top choice for classic...  More info
£47.28
From the awesome folks at the Rock Town distillery in Little Rock, Arkansas, comes their very own Rye Whiskey. As there hadn't been any rye grown in Arkansas for a long time, the Rock Town distillers...  More info
£39.22
A straight rye whiskey from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Every bottle of their excellent rye comes from a single barrel, highlighting the quality of their craft. A top choice for...  More info
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£51.45
A straight rye whiskey made with a mashbill of 95% rye for intensity and spiciness. Aged for over 2 years and bottled at 46%, this is bold stuff! Absolutely perfect on its own or in a cocktail.  More info
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£39.75
Almost everything to do with the Millstone 100 Rye Whisky, from Dutch experts Zuidam, is to do with the number 100. It's made with 100% rye grain, 100% small pot still distillation, matured for 100...  More info
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£55.13
An aged 100% rye whiskey, following 1512 Spirits' excellent Barbershop Rye spirit. Master Distiller, Salvatore P. Cimino (who works at his barber shop by day) hand crafts these tremendous artisanal...  More info
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£34.95
Boy howdy, sure does smell like darn good rye whiskey around these parts! Well golly, no wonder it does when there's High West Rendezvous Rye from Utah up in here!

With a very high rye content in...  More info
£50.44
Looking at Jefferson's 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey, you could easily be fooled into thinking it's an American product, made for and by proud Americans, just like Thomas Jefferson himself. But...  More info
£68.86
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A classic straight rye whiskey, named for the New Orleans coffee house which was the birthplace of the eponymous cocktail - the one and only Sazerac. While it was...  More info
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£49.71
Jim Beam Rye
(70cl, 40%)
A great value rye from Jim Beam, commonly referred to as yellow label because it has, as you can clearly ascertain, a yellow label.
It's a favourite of whisky bible author Jim Murray, and won best...  More info
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£31.00
After searching for months and months to find a rye whiskey worthy of their Old Scout label, the Smooth Ambler chaps discovered this tasty little devil and brought it home to their distillery in West...  More info
£46.85
Hudson Manhattan Rye
(35cl, 46%)
Thanks to Tuthilltown Spirits, we can once again enjoy whiskey from New York, with this one in particular harking back to the pre-prohibition age of whiskey distillation in and around The Big...  More info
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£51.20
FEW Rye Whiskey
(75cl, 46.50%)
This Rye Whiskey melds rye (70%) with the mellowness of corn (20%) and complexity of malted barley (10%) in its mash bill, leaving us with a rather fine drink indeed. The fermented mash is then...  More info
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£48.95
A rye whiskey in the Pennsylvania style, this "carries a famous old Philadelphia name". Very tasty and aromatic.  More info
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£33.53
A rye whiskey crafted in the Monongahela style, this is produced by Heaven Hill, and is a very popular rye whiskey. Aged for 4 years.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
£24.75
Bulleit Rye
(70cl, 45%)
Has there ever been a moment when you've been sipping Bulleit Bourbon and wanted it to have even more rye? Well you're in luck, they now have their own Rye whiskey! Bulleit Rye is made with a mashbill...  More info
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£32.62
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
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
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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
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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 16 year old rye whiskey from High West, made in very small batches in Utah, all the bottles are numbered.  More info
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
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
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£183.15
A rye whisky from the Netherlands! This is a 5 year old made in small batches at the Zuidam distillery.  More info
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£47.27
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